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    Top 10 Things I Want My Students to Know

    Top 10 Things I Want My Students to Know
    In What you need to know when you’re done with high school from Do I Dare Disturb the Universe? by Scott, he was challenged, “to identify the Top Ten Things Every Graduating High School Student Know or Understand.” I thought this would be a great exercise in thinking about what I would want my special education students to know when they ...
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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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    Special Education: An Introduction for New Teachers

    Special Education: An Introduction for New Teachers
    Special Education is specialized instruction that is available to children who qualify according to a set of criteria outlined in state and federal law. Special Education services are offered by all public school districts to eligible students from birth to age 22. h4. Disabilities There are presently 13 broad areas of disability by which children may qualify for Special Education ...
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    Deaf

    A hearing impairment which is so severe that it affects the child's ability to understand language and speech with or without a hearing aide. h4. Return to Article
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    The Importance of Social Skill Instruction for Special Education Students

    The Importance of Social Skill Instruction for Special Education Students
    Everyday educators struggle to make schools a safe and positive learning environment with the focus for the most part on academics and/or test scores. There are some children who are not emotionally and socially prepared to meet these academic challenges because of emotional and/or behavioral problems. A lot of these students are in specialized special education classes. The teachers of these ...
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    April: National Autism Month

    April: National Autism Month
    It's hard in today's world not to know what autism. Even though the Autism Society has been celebrating National Autism Awareness Month since the 1970s, only in the last ten years has autism awareness (and disorders on the autism spectrum) become household knowledge. For teachers of any age and subject, it's almost impossible in an education career to not come in ...
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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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    Special Education: The Assessment Process

    h4. Referral A referral to Special Education can be made by a teachers, parents, doctors, or anyone involved in a student's education. Before a child is placed in Special Education an assessment must be completed to determine their academic level, cognitive ability, adaptive behavior, motor skills, or language processing abilities. The design of the assessment varies according to the suspected area ...
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    22 Tips for Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

    22 Tips for Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
    I am currently teaching a practicum where my students (who are actually teachers getting their master’s degree in special education) are teaching students with special needs. Some of these teachers are encountering students with autism for the first time and have felt some anxiety about this so they asked for some ideas and strategies to help them in the classroom. These ...
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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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    Special Education: The Individual Education Plan (IEP)

    Special Education: The Individual Education Plan (IEP)
    h4. What is an IEP? The Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) proclaims the right for all American children, including those with special needs, to receive a free and appropriate public education. It is therefore the duty of the public school to determine what is “appropriate” for a student considering their particular handicap. A “one size fits all” approach to Special ...
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    Special Education: Disability Categories

    There are presently 13 broad areas of disability by which children may qualify for Special Education services. Each has a distinct set of criteria for which a child must meet in order to qualify for services. 1. Hard of Hearing 2. Deaf 3. Deaf-Blind 4. Visually Impaired Related Links Discover Careers In Special Education Go now. Think your student has a ...
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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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    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 Five Stages of Having a Disability

    The Five Stages of Having a Disability
    When I read The doormat, the jerk and the lizard brain from Seth's Blog by Seth Godin, his words jumped out at me. He states, “The best reason to be a jerk at work is that of course no one will listen to you or support you or embrace your ideas--you're a jerk. The best reason to be a doormat at ...
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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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