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The Importance of Parent Advocates for Special Needs Families

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Going to a meeting at school can be intimidating for many families. Now imagine how it feels for the parents of a child with special needs. They go into a room filled with teachers, administrators, and therapists of all kinds. Many may be new to this process after a new diagnosis. They can easily feel overwhelmed and unprepared. They may not understand what is being said to them. This can add to their stress and make them feel like outsiders in the IEP or other meetings taking place.

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Preparing for Emergencies at School

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While we may not like to think about it, traumatic events will happen at schools. These may include things such as fights, fires, bomb threats, and more serious acts of violence. It is too easy to say that it will never happen at our school and in our district. The reality is that it can happen in any community.

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The Need for School Based Therapy

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Students across the country are experiencing an increase in mental health concerns. Those working in schools know that outside health concerns of a child impact their day to day academic learning. While the ideal situation may have been for children to head to a doctor or therapist outside of the school day, the reality is it can’t always happen. This is why many schools are leaning toward a school-based therapy approach. With guardian permission, kids are able to work with healthcare professionals to get needed therapy within the school day. Taking therapists out of their clinics and putting them into school makes it more affordable and convenient.

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Conferences and Continuing Education Opportunities for 2018

2018 conferences continuing education

It’s time to get ready for the 2018 professional conference season. Schedules are out and the timing is perfect to submit requests to your district and schools. This is the time of year that they are beginning to work on the budgets for the upcoming school year. Check with your administrators to see what funding is available for different professional development opportunities. If they are not able to fund a trip or conference nearby, ask if there are grant writers who are able to look for money which may be available from that direction.

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Empowering Kindness Over Bullying

kindness over bullying

Bullying is one of the biggest problems that schools across the country face across all age levels. Most children can tell you a time that they were bullied before they go to middle school. The frequency of the incidents increases as students enter their teen years. While it is easy to state that you have a no tolerance policy for bullying, more needs to be done. School counselors and social workers need to work together to empower students to spread kindness over bullying.

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