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Supporting Students Who are Twice-Exceptional Learners

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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.

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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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Helping Autistic Students with Cognitive Flexibility

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Working with children can be a challenge. There may be times within the school day when students need to transition, whether physically or from one task to another. When it is time to transition to a writing lesson after recess, many kids may be upset with the disruption. Of course, most children will be able to make the move back into the classroom and get to their writing. Practicing this from week to week makes it easier for the majority of kids.

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Helping Students with Sensory Issues in School

Imagine sitting in a classroom where you are constantly bombarded with stimuli that others may not even notice. This is the reality for children who have sensory processing challenges. Things which may distract them include the buzzing of overhead lighting, other children talking, pencils scratching on another child’s paper, and a variety of other typical classroom sounds. Some students may seek additional sensory to help them cope with stimuli. Others want to avoid it because it bothers them too much and they do not know how to regulate it. A child’s brain learns how to process different sensory stimuli to keep their system in check. Some children are unable to tune out the background and unneeded information. These kids make up anywhere up to 20% of the population. For those on the autism spectrum, 90% struggle with it in one way or another.

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Using Comic Generators as Tools

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The number of special needs students across the United States continues to rise. The diagnoses vary from learning disabilities, autism, anxiety, and much more. School therapists are tasked with helping students to better cope with stresses in their lives so they can reach their potential in the academic classroom. Traditional therapy sessions are still used. Some children have individual times and group sessions to work on items challenging them. For many students, this includes disruptive behaviors which lead to challenges in their academic life. Some children may not open up and be willing to talk during sessions. Thankfully, schools have now found online comic generators that may be used as a tool.

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