Special Education

When Should a Child Be Evaluated for an Emotional Disturbance in School?

When Should a Child Be Evaluated for an Emotional Disturbance in School?

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The information in this article applies to public schools in the United States. If your child attends school in a different type of setting, talk to your child’s school to see what they recommend for children with behavioral and/or social-emotional needs. What is Emotional Disturbance? Emotional Disturbance (ED) is considered one of the 14 disabilities under the IndividualsContinue Reading

What Is a Functional Behavior Assessment & Is It Effective?

What Is a Functional Behavior Assessment & Is It Effective?

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What is a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA)? An FBA is a research-based method used to figure out why a child is behaving a certain way in the school setting (an FBA can also be done in a residential treatment center or at home if a child is receiving mental health services there; parents can also thinkContinue Reading

American Academy of Pediatrics Explains Why Recess is Crucial for Children and Shouldn’t be Withheld

American Academy of Pediatrics Explains Why Recess is Crucial for Children and Shouldn’t be Withheld

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Introduction Policy makers, educators, and parents often talk about the role of schools in promoting the development of the whole child (e.g., physical, social, and academic development). A growing trend toward putting more emphasis on academic subjects and less on recess time, has put this important part of a child’s school day at risk. WhenContinue Reading

How 3D Printers Can Benefit Students and Teachers

How 3D Printers Can Benefit Students and Teachers

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Sponsored by Quill.com For most everyone’s life, when you talked about printers you talked about the kind of printers we all know: They print (in color or black and white) on paper, and sometimes have multiple, helpful functions such as faxing and scanning. And for a long time, that was it—the cream of the crop,Continue Reading

What is an IEP and How Do You Know if Your Child Needs One for School?

What is an IEP and How Do You Know if Your Child Needs One for School?

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Intro Are you wondering if your child needs special education services or an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or how children obtain an IEP? In order to qualify for an IEP, your child needs to receive an evaluation in school (or at home if your child has not started school yet or attends homeschool or cyberContinue Reading

21 School Accommodations Available for Children with Special Needs

21 School Accommodations Available for Children with Special Needs

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*This article pertains to U.S. public schools. If your child attends private school or school outside of the U.S., talk to the school team to find out which accommodations they are able to provide. Parents may not always know what accommodations or modifications are available to their child with special needs in school. This articleContinue Reading

Glossary of Education Terms for Parents

Glossary of Education Terms for Parents

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As a parent, you may hear certain unfamiliar terms while attending school meetings or talking to your child’s teacher or principal. You may also hear your children saying some of these words, but when you ask them to explain further they may have trouble providing an accurate definition. Below is an alphabetical list to helpContinue Reading

Evidence-Based Approach Improves Student Behavior & Engagement

Evidence-Based Approach Improves Student Behavior & Engagement

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Research indicates that when teachers use the 5-to-1 ratio approach in their classrooms, student behavior and engagement improves. What is the 5-to-1 Ratio? During the school day students and teachers share a number of interactions. For example, they discuss academic concepts and content and teachers provide feedback to students. Research supports the idea that havingContinue Reading

Is Labeling Children Good or Bad? The View of a School Psychologist

Is Labeling Children Good or Bad? The View of a School Psychologist

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I am a school psychologist. My main job is to evaluate students to see if they are eligible for special education. In order for a child to be eligible they have to meet criteria for one of 13 disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). If they do not meet criteria for atContinue Reading

What Can You Do if Your Child is Having Persistent Problems in School? (Tips for Parents)

What Can You Do if Your Child is Having Persistent Problems in School? (Tips for Parents)

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The contents in this article refer to public schools in the United States. If your child attends private school or school outside of the United States, speak to your child’s school to find out if their policies for addressing the matters discussed in this article are the same or different. When Would You Request anContinue Reading