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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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