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    Special Education: The Pre-Referral & SST Process

    Special Education: The Pre-Referral & SST Process
    h4. So You Suspect Your Student Has Special Needs… Special Education services are only designated for children who’s needs cannot be met in a regular education setting, and who have not responded to available accommodations and modifications. Therefore, all efforts to serve a child within your classroom must be considered, documented, and utilized, before you refer a student for a ...
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    Children With Autism in the Classroom

    Children With Autism in the Classroom
    At the SCCEC Conference, another session I attended was “Help! I’m an LD Teacher and I have a Student with Autism!” The presenters were Denise Webster (Autism Specialist) and Thomas DePeal (LD resource teacher). They talked about the characteristics of students with autism spectrum disorders and also gave classroom strategies for working with these students. From the presentation: • In 1980, ...
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    Achieving Equity in Special Education: History, Status, and Current Challenges

    Among the most-longstanding and intransigent issues in the field, the disproportionate representation of minority students in special education programs has its roots in a long history of educational segregation and discrimination. Although national estimates of disproportionality have been consistent over time, state and heal estimates may show varying patterns of disproportionality. A number of factors may contribute to disproportionality, including test ...
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    Special Ed Statistics

    Students with disabilities face challenges when leaving school. Schools must help make this transition a smooth one, but many have had trouble meeting this requirement. Here is a look at some key statistics: -Nearly 7 million students with disabilities are served in U.S. public schools. -Specific learning disabilities are the most prevalent disabilities among public school students. They involve one or ...
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    Inclusion Resources & Strategies

    Inclusion Resources & Strategies
    I was recently sharing with my (adult) class some information about inclusion and thought I would share it with you. I think inclusion can be great if it is set up right but if there is not enough preparation, planning, and communication between teachers, it can be a disaster. Too often strong egos and power struggles can undermine the whole process. ...
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    10 Strategies for Visual-Motor Integration Problems

    10 Strategies for Visual-Motor Integration Problems
    You would not believe how many people search Google for “visual-motor integration” and stumble upon my blog. Or maybe you would, as visual-motor integration problems affect virtually all aspects of producing work since it involves eye-hand coordination. That basically affects all pencil and paper tasks. So how can teachers and parents help kids who struggle with visual-motor problems? Here are some ...
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    Dyslexia

    Dyslexia h4. By Definition Any of various reading disorders associated with impairment of the ability to interpret spatial relationships or to integrate auditory and visual information. *Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1) A difficulty with reading or writing that some people have because they are unable to see words as meaningful shapes or the differences between letters *Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary (Beta Version) ...
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    Emotional Disturbance

    Emotional Disturbance (ED) h4. By Definition Any mental disorder not caused by detectable organic abnormalities of the brain and in which a major disturbance of emotions is predominant. *WordNet h4. Characteristics The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) has identified the following characteristics and behaviors as typical of children with emotional disturbances: * Inappropriate types of behavior under normal ...
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    Learning Disability

    Learning Disability (LD) h4. By Definition Any of various cognitive, neurological, or psychological disorders that impede the ability to learn, especially one that interferes with the ability to learn mathematics or develop language skills. Also called learning disorder. *American Heritage Dictionary
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    Autism

    h4. Definitions A pervasive developmental disorder characterized by severe deficits in social interaction and communication, by an extremely limited range of activities and interests, and often by the presence of repetitive, stereotyped behaviors. *American Heritage Dictionary A serious disorder appearing in childhood and characterized by the child's refusal to relate to other people and severely limited use of language. The cause ...
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    ADHD

    Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) h4. BY DEFINITION Attention deficit disorder in which hyperactivity is present. *American Heritage Dictionary A syndrome of disordered behavior, usually diagnosed in childhood, characterized by a persistent pattern of impulsiveness, inattentiveness, and sometimes hyperactivity that interferes with academic, occupational, or social performance. *The American Heritage Science Dictionary h4. Diagnosis According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual ...
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    ADD

    Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) h4. BY DEFINITION A syndrome, usually diagnosed in childhood, characterized by a persistent pattern of impulsiveness, a short attention span, and often hyperactivity, and interfering especially with academic, occupational, and social performance. *American Heritage Dictionary, "A disorder characterized by a difficulty in retaining focus, especially on tasks, for long periods of time." *American Heritage New Dictionary of ...
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    The Computer Advantage

    I few years ago I ordered a custom computer for my son from a company known as Troll Touch, which specializes in touch sensitive screens for direct access without a mouse or keyboard. The computer and touch screen have operated flawlessly for years, but the add-on cost was around a $1000 over the base cost of the computer. I think Troll ...
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    April: Autism Awareness Month

    April: Autism Awareness Month
    Here are 10 great ideas for activities for this month: 1. Design a proclamation and have it signed by the mayor and school superintendent of your city. Present it at the next school board meeting. 2. Write some public service announcements and get your local radio or TV station to air them. 3. Write a press release for your local newspaper. ...
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    How To: Accommodate Common Learning Difficulties in Students with Attention Problems

    How To: Accommodate Common Learning Difficulties in Students with Attention Problems
    Children with Attention Deficit Disorder exhibit many common learning difficulties and behaviors. Here are some accommodations to try for some of the most dominant situations your student may find difficult. h4. Student has difficulty following directions • Gain your student's attention before giving directions. Give written directions when possible, along with any needed resources. • When possible, give one direction ...
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    Teaching Self Advocacy in the Special Ed Classroom

    Teaching Self Advocacy in the Special Ed Classroom
    Many times I had students enter my classroom that had no idea what their disability was or what it meant. They felt that it meant they were stupid and couldn’t do anything. In order for my students to be self advocates for themselves, I felt this was so important for them to know so at the beginning of each year, I ...
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    Do We Write Off Slow Students?

    Do We Write Off Slow Students?
    "When we mistake speed for ability — or rather, lack of speed for lack of ability — we misinterpret a person’s intelligence and their ability to learn.” This really hit home for me when I think about how many of my special education students have been written off by other teachers. My students were slower the students in general education classes ...
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    The Best Way to Identify Gifted Students

    The Best Way to Identify Gifted Students
    Two weeks ago, the New York State Department of Education announced that it sought a better way of identifying gifted students in its public schools. The move is intended to help find talented students amongst lower income and minority populations, which are underrepresented in current accelerated classrooms. An interesting conversation on the subject is taking place over at The New York ...
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    Educational Jargon Bingo

    Educational Jargon Bingo
    When I worked as a graduate student researcher at UC Berkeley, I had this game I secretly played with my co-worker during staff meetings. It was called “Educational Jargon Bingo.” Before the meetings, we wrote down all the educational terms that researchers throw around and placed them on a bingo chart in random order. The key was to find a word ...
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