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.
Posted on April 2nd, 2018 by ProCare Therapy
Posted on March 26th, 2018 by ProCare Therapy
Schools have a wide spectrum of students who are served under the Special Education umbrella. Many times, we assume that this only includes children who have academic needs because they are falling behind in the classroom. The reality is that kids qualify for 504 Plans and Individual Education Plans needs based on academic, social, and emotional needs. It is not simply due to academic concerns.
Posted on March 12th, 2018 by ProCare Therapy
Over the years we have worried about being politically correct when talking about people who are different. These may be students who have differences in academic ability, mental health, sexual identity, addiction, disabilities, and more. The reality is that adults who work in schools need to select words carefully. The language which we use impacts students more than we realize.
Posted on March 5th, 2018 by ProCare Therapy
Imagine your body constantly bombarding you with messages. When this happens, you cannot concentrate on the tasks from your teacher. This is the reality for students of all ages in classrooms who have sensory processing issues. No matter what their formal diagnosis may be, many may have sensory concerns. Some students are overwhelmed with outside stimulation in their environment and may become hyperactive. Others may not react to things and seek out sensory input. In addition to this, some kids need sensory to push on with tasks. Every child is different, and it’s important for occupational therapists and special education teachers to work together to create a sensory diet to assist their needs.
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Posted on January 15th, 2018 by ProCare Therapy
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.