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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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    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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    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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    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: 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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