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Incorporating Special Education into Regular Classrooms

Posted by Brian Spence on Sep 16, 2019 8:00:00 AM

In the past, it was thought the best way to teach those with special needs was to separate them from regular classrooms in order to provide the focused attention they required. While it still holds true that certain students do need teachers that will address their special learning needs, it is also becoming more obvious that at least some integration into regular classrooms can be beneficial, both for special ed and regular students.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Education

The Changing Role of Special Education in Occupational Therapy

Posted by Brian Spence on Sep 9, 2019 8:00:00 AM

There have been significant changes in how special education institutions deliver therapy services to their students. In the past, speech, physical, or occupational therapy was conducted inside rooms reserved for therapy sessions. Paraprofessionals would help students with special needs, overcome their behavioral challenges and mental health issues. But general ED teachers seldom participated with students who had IEPs.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Healthcare, Education

Mental Health Days for Oregon Students

Posted by Brian Spence on Sep 3, 2019 8:00:00 AM

In an effort to change the stigma of mental and emotional health issues, Oregon has become one of the first states to allow students legitimate time off for a "Mental Health Day". Signed in July, 2019, the bill makes mental health and behavioral health excusable absences from school. Utah also passed a similar bill in 2018.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Mental Health

Pennsylvania Camps Focus on Behavioral Health

Posted by Brian Spence on Aug 26, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Behavioral and mental health issues in children have received a great deal of attention during the past few decades. Terms like depression, ADHD and Autism Spectrum have become household terms and that's a great thing! Yet even as our awareness grows, families of children with specialized needs still struggle to find appropriate facilities and programs. Below is a resource list for families and medical professionals in search of quality programming for these kids.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Education

ADHD vs ASD: Knowing the Difference

Posted by Brian Spence on Aug 19, 2019 8:00:00 AM

If you're in the Behavioral Health field, you've likely worked with people with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). These two developmental disorders can be difficult to distinguish at times, so how do you tell the difference?

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Topics: Behavioral Health

How to Retain Special Education Teachers

Posted by Brian Spence on Aug 12, 2019 8:00:00 AM

For years, special education teachers have been leaving the classroom at a higher rate than general education teachers. It's commonly assumed that this is due to issues with students, parents, and the burden of reams of paperwork.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Education

Connecting With a Child Who Has Autism: Music Works

Posted by Brian Spence on Jul 29, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Do you know somebody diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)? You have probably heard some of the symptoms and The Diagnostic Statistics Manual offers this clinical criteria for diagnosing ASD:

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Education

Early Education Suspension Leads to Future Problems

Posted by Brian Spence on Jul 22, 2019 8:00:00 AM

A study came out that showed when a child is suspended from school, it actually does more harm than good. That the time spent out of the classroom is very detrimental to the development of the child. The rundown of the study is this:

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Education

Baseball Hero Albert Pujols Shows Support for Child With Down Syndrome

Posted by Brian Spence on Jul 15, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Although Albert Pujols left the St. Louis Cardinals in 2011, he is still praised for being a three-time National League MVP, a six-time Silver Slugger, and even a nine-time All-Star. But throughout his career, Pujols has always been known as one of the most considerate ballplayers in the major league.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Social Worker Turned Doll Maker Helps Sick Children

Posted by Brian Spence on Jul 8, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Payton Haynes received a heartwarming gift on the last day before summer vacation. Students from Cracker Trail Elementary School in Sebring, FL. gave him a custom-made doll that reflects his surgery scars. They purchased the toy from A Doll Like Me, a nonprofit organization started by Amy Jandrisevits, a former social worker from a pediatric oncology unit. She creates unique dolls for children with disabilities.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

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