Special Education

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

Break Ideas to Increase Student Motivation & Participation

Break Ideas to Increase Student Motivation & Participation

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Preface: When I was in college majoring in psychology, I learned that the famous actor and comedian, Jim Carrey, had behavior problems in Junior High School. One of his teachers told him that he could do a comedy routine for a few minutes at the end of class for following the rules and completing work.Continue Reading

How Do You Know if Your Child Needs an IEP at School?

How Do You Know if Your Child Needs an IEP at 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). Depending onContinue Reading

Top 10 Tips to Get the Most from Your Child’s IEP

Top 10 Tips to Get the Most from Your Child’s IEP

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Published in Autism File Magazine Aug-Sept 2014 Issue 57-Republished with Permission When I first thought about the content of this article, I thought, well, this will be easy, I will just tell parents what I have found to be the key steps to take at Individual Education Program (IEP) meetings. After all, I just wrote aContinue Reading

21 School Accommodations Available to Your Child with Special Needs

21 School Accommodations Available to Your Child 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

A True Story About A Child with Special Needs

A True Story About A Child with Special Needs

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Here is a true story from inspirational early-childhood educator, Nancy Howson, that encourages us to do aim higher, believe more, and assume the best in all of our kids!! This story is republished with author permission from ExamHealth. Seven years ago I sat in a room with my co-workers as they briefed me about the children whoContinue Reading

Education Lingo Every Parent Should Know

Education Lingo Every Parent Should Know

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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. Sometimes educators are so used to these words and phrases they forget that you might not know what they mean. You may also hear your children saying some of these words, but when youContinue Reading