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Category: Special Education

The Pros and Cons of Therapy Dogs

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Therapy dogs are a hot topic in the world of education. Many schools have them now and others are curious if it is something which would help their students. When determining what to do, it is important to factor in a lot of things. As with other forms of therapy and services, there are pros and cons to these canine companions. Being able to research both sides and knowing possible outcomes will help with the process.

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Increasing Open Communication with Families

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Working in a school, we often keep our focus on the students and their academic, social, and emotional needs in the building. While this is a primary goal of the school day, more are needed. In order to do the best for the kids in our classrooms, therapy groups, and beyond, we must work as a team. This means being having open communication with families. Everyone at home and school must be on the same page to ensure that kids have the most success.

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The Importance of Assistive Technology for Special Education

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When working with children who have unique needs, it is important to always think outside of the box. What may work for one child may not be the right fit for another student and their individual needs. Sometimes when children are placed in the least restrictive classroom, it may be helpful to have an assistive technology evaluation done.

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Benefits of Therapy Dogs in Sessions

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Therapy dogs are quite popular these days in schools across the United States. While people may traditionally associate the canine helpers with visits to sick children or senior residents in nursing homes, therapy dogs are expanding their roles in many communities. Therapy dog specialists are able to work with schools to determine different ways they may be integrated into classrooms or sessions to assist children.

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Self-Advocacy for Special Needs Students

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Throughout their academic lives, special needs students will have individuals who are advocates for them. This may include teachers, administrators, therapists, counselors, and family members. They often work together at meetings to discuss what plan will be best for the upcoming school year. It is important to allow students to become a self-advocate. This may look different for each student, but it needs to happen. School counselors, special education teachers, and other trusted individuals must help students to work on these skills as they mature.

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