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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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    How To: Help Your Student With an Auditory Processing Disorder

    How To: Help Your Student With an Auditory Processing Disorder
    What in the world is an auditory processing disorder anyway? Specific Learning Disabilities come in several varieties, but probably the most common is a disorder of auditory processing. Nearly all students with reading disabilities will have their delays rooted in an auditory processing disorder. Auditory processing is not hearing, its what you do with what you hear. h4. Your student ...
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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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    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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    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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    How To: Accommodate Students With Writing Disabilities

    How To: Accommodate Students With Writing Disabilities
    Most general education teachers will encounter students with IEPs. The majority of learning disabled students identified have processing problems that affect their reading or comprehension ability. Students with poor reading ability often have poor writing ability as well, since the two skills go hand in hand. Although less frequent, there are learning disabilities specific to writing ability. One, called dysgraphia, ...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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