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Category: Special Education

The Need for Careful Language Choice

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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.

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Sensory Needs for Students of All Ages

sensory diet

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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The Importance of Parent Advocates for Special Needs Families

parent advocate

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

special ed teacher shortage

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

traumatic brain injury

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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