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The Power of Presentation – Educator Spotlight

When our educators and therapists have a true passion for their field, it shows! These passionate professionals are frequently recognized at work, and occasionally encouraged to share knowledge with others. One of our phenomenal teachers of the visually impaired, Barbara T., was recently asked to do just this – share her knowledge of her field in several class presentations. Her school STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) coordinator, Jennifer D., was more than willing to share her observation of Barbara's presentation, along with student and teacher reactions.

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Working Through School Phobias

What do you do when you have a student who is scared of school? School phobias are a reality for many students, and it’s important for school therapists and teachers to be able to help. Children with school phobias may be in preschool, elementary, middle, or high school. The key is recognizing when they have a school phobia and working with the child and their families to relieve the fears.

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The Importance of Extracurricular Activities for All Students

The demands of school have increased a lot in recent years. This means that there is a lot less downtime within the academic day for kids to socialize. Children of all ages need this to be able to interact with their peers outside of class. Due to the time restraints within the school day, it’s even more important for all children to be able to participate in extracurricular activities. This means finding a club or activity that is not only interesting to them, but work well for them. These opportunities help kids of all ages to use creativity, energy, and talk to one another about what is happening in their lives.

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Conference and Continuing Education Opportunities for 2017

Schedules for the 2017 professional conferences have been released. The timing is great, since this is usually when budget requests are due to schools and districts. This is the time of year when the administrators will be working on their 2017-2018 budgets. Many schools offer teachers and therapists money toward financing trips to these conferences if they submit specific forms ahead of time. Check with your district to see what the protocol is so you do not miss out if it is an option. If they are not available, your school might have a grant writer who could help and find grants for this type of professional development trip.

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Learning How to Assist Autistic Students in Overload

Chances are that you know a student who is on the autism spectrum. Each individual with autism is very different, and this fact is very important. It truly takes time for school professionals to understand how each autistic student works in the classroom and responds to overload. This is a crucial area to understand because when an individual with autism is in overload, they often may not know how to help themselves. Sometimes this may cause them to have a meltdown, become aggressive, and even turn to self-injury.

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