Archive for the ‘Special Education’ Category

  • How To Teach Students with Intellectual Disabilities

    on Sep 16, 14 • in Special Education • with Comments

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    As a result of I.D.E.A. (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), we will continue to see more and more students with all types of disabilities in the regular education classroom, including students with intellectual disabilities (ID). As it turns out, individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID) benefit from the same teaching tactics used to teach people with other learning challenges, including learning disabilities, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and autism. Break it down. Break down learning tasks into small steps. Present each learning task one step at a time. This avoids overwhelming the student. Wait until one step gets mastered, then

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  • Must-Have Tips for Writing Meaningful, Measurable IEP Goals

    on Sep 9, 14 • in Featured, Special Education • with Comments

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    We all suffer from writer’s block every now and then when it comes to writing Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), especially when we’re thinking about writing goals. We want to make sure the plan delivers what the language promises: individualization. Most importantly, we know those goals must include that measurability element because we will have to come back and later and use data to show whether or not the goal was met. So, how do we write these goals? It’s not as tricky as you think, but it does take some advanced planning! First, if you’ve

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  • 10 Things Only a Special Education Teacher Would Understand

    on Sep 5, 14 • in Current Events in Education, Special Education • with Comments

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    By: Teresa Cooper Whether you’re a co-teacher, a resource teacher, a life skills teacher, an Autism specialist, or a behavior support specialist, you know that working as special education teacher comes with a special set of skills and that things exist in our world that other teachers just don’t understand. As a tribute to special education teachers everywhere, I wanted to list… 10 Things Only Special Education Teachers Understand 1. You wonder why you have no planning time, but you find a way to get it done anyway. Maybe you have a shorter planning period

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  • Have You Heard of People First Language?

    on Aug 20, 14 • in Featured, Management, Special Education • with Comments

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    What is People First Language? People First Language refers to the language our society uses to refer to people with disabilities. People First Language places emphasis where it should be, on the person and not the disability. People with disabilities, moreover our students with disabilities, are- first and foremost- people, who have individual abilities, likes, dislikes and needs. Their contributions, no matter how small or great, enrich our schools and classrooms. As a result, we must always be mindful to respect them as individuals and not think of them as their disability and model that

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  • 6 Tips for Students with Learning Disabilities Who Plan to Attend College

    on Aug 15, 14 • in Educational Apps, Featured, Parents, Policy, Special Education • with Comments

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    It’s that time of year again! Students everywhere, including students with Learning Disabilities, are gearing up to start another year of school. For many of these students, this will be their last year as high school students. It’s a year full of many emotions and uncertainty about their future. Homecoming, Homecoming Week, Prom, Senior Night, visualizing graduation ceremony, worrying about passing all their classes… and the list goes on and on of all the many activities and thoughts seniors have their last year in high school. There is simply so much to do and be

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