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Category: Special Education

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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Growing Need for Special Education Teachers

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Districts and schools have expressed a concern in the last decade or so about lack of teacher candidate for job openings. Many states have noted a shortage in certified teachers to fill positions that they have within their schools. This problem is definitely growing as some colleges have cut teacher programs. What is becoming worse is the shortage of teachers that are specifically trained in Special Education.

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Working with Students Who Have Traumatic Brain Injury

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Could you recognize the signs of a student who may be suffering from traumatic brain injury (TBI)? You may think that it is simple, but it can be missed due to symptoms that mimic other things. In addition to this, the pain and trauma of an incident may overshadow what may happen sometime after the incident. While teachers and therapists are not able to make a diagnosis, they are able to tell families if they see something unusual with a student. Traumatic brain injury can cause a wide range of physical and psychological effects. These may alter how the child acts and works in an academic setting, which should be reported to those at home.

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Extracurricular Activities for Deaf High School Students

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The high school years are often challenging for students. They are attempting to find their own place in the world and may not know what they want to do after graduation. Some teens are able to hone in on activities which are interesting and make them happy through extracurricular opportunities. These may be after school sports or clubs. Most schools offer a wide variety of extracurricular activities ranging from writing for the newspaper, acting, art, robotics, foreign languages, and more. This is great for most teens, but what about those with special needs?

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“How to Stop Bullying”: US Bullying Search Trends

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More than one in five (20.8%) students report being bullied in the US every year. Reports also estimate that only 36% of kids who are bullied actually report it, so the figures are probably much higher.

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