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4 Tips for Teaching Special Education Online

Posted by Brian Spence on Aug 18, 2020 12:12:29 PM

Teaching special students in a physical classroom can be a daunting task. It can even be more so when you have to conduct classes virtually since you are not directly responsible for how they behave and conduct themselves. However, teachers can always adopt some effective teaching strategies to facilitate the learning process. Here we highlight the top four tips;

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Use Intersectionality to Broaden Perspective as a Social Worker

Posted by Brian Spence on Aug 10, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Social workers working with children use a variety of therapeutic strategies including play therapy to address many childhood issues ranging from depression, anxiety, anger and a host of social emotional disorders. They also work with families to address these issues and help them cope with these challenges.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Social Services and the Police: What's Best for the Community?

Posted by Brian Spence on Aug 3, 2020 8:00:00 AM

With protests happening across the globe in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, it's clear that change is much-needed at the systemic level. One of the changes is supplementing Police with Social Services in order to effect positive changes in communities. This is one step that incites real change for communities and those who have been personally affected by institutionalized racism and oppression.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

A New Way to Travel with Your Autistic Child

Posted by Brian Spence on Jul 20, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Planning a vacation is hard work. Planning a vacation for a family with an autistic child is a monumental task. Traveling with children is a hassle. For a family dealing with autism, going to the mall can be a major excursion.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Remote Learning is More Difficult for Special Education

Posted by Brian Spence on Jul 13, 2020 11:15:35 AM

While remote learning has gradually become more popular in recent years, that all changed in early 2020. Now, there is an explosion of interest in this type of learning ever since the pandemic took hold of the nation. Although this type of educational tool may be ideal in some circumstances, it holds some unique challenges for children who require special education. Parents with a special needs child must be extra diligent to discern whether remote learning is able to fulfill the educational requirements for their child, or if they will have to find alternative methods to fill in the gaps.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Education

Developmental Disabilities and COVID-19: A Bad Combo

Posted by Brian Spence on Jul 6, 2020 3:03:08 PM

This pandemic has taught us a lot about how vulnerable parts of our society are. It famously affects older folks far worse than folks under 50, and it hurts certain sections of the economy more than others. Now, another group has been found to be in even more danger from Covid-19, and that group is people with developmental disabilities.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Social Worker Creates COVID-19 Coloring Book to Help Kids Cope

Posted by Brian Spence on Jun 22, 2020 8:00:00 AM

About 35 years ago, several tornadoes hit eastern North Carolina. At that time, the University of North Carolina's Child and Adolescent Program created a series of coloring books to help children and their families cope. That history inspired Lindsey Atkins, a social worker who currently serves as a clinical instructor for the same UNC program. Atkins wrote a story called Joey the Kangaroo and Her Coping with COVID Plan that includes illustrations for children to color. Like the coloring books from decades ago, the social worker's COVID coloring book is meant to give children and their families tools to deal with the pandemic's emotional impact.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Education

Foundation Connects Adults with Developmental Disabilities with Jobs

Posted by Brian Spence on Jun 15, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Less than 20 percent of disabled adults are employed according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Fly Brave Foundation, a nonprofit based in Sacramento, California, exists to create bridges to employment for adults with developmental disabilities who have aged out of the school system.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

One Special Social Worker

Posted by Brian Spence on Jun 1, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Being a social worker takes a lot of energy and patience. Social workers help people through some of the most trying times of their lives, all while maintaining a caring, positive, solutions-oriented attitude. Although it's a tough job, there are perks to social work, too. Being a social worker comes with the emotional satisfaction of doing something valuable.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Mothers Advocate for Their Children with Autism

Posted by Brian Spence on May 26, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Talking about the autism spectrum has become commonplace among many American households over the last two decades. Now more than ever children on the spectrum are receiving early diagnosis and intervention. But this wasn't always the case. Lack of research and social acceptance made diagnosis and parental reinforcement difficult. With today's knowledge and understanding of spectrum disorders children and families are overcoming the stigmas that held back previous generations.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

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