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8 Tips for Teachers for Working with Parents of Special Needs Children

8 Tips for Teachers for Working with Parents of Special Needs Children

Knowing how to work with parents of students with special needs is just as important as knowing how to help the students.  Robin Hartman, educator and mother of a son with Autism, says, “I know I am a difficult parent to deal with which is why I thought I would give some tips on how
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Navigating the IEP Process

Navigating the IEP Process

For teachers, the IEP process can be second nature.  However, for many parents, especially those who have just learned that their child needs acommodations, the process can be overwhelming.  Helping parents navigate the process is just as important as helping the students achieve their IEP goals. We asked Amy Dutsch, a teacher, special education advocate
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Important Things to Know About Autism

Important Things to Know About Autism

Advocating for children with Autism is a cause near and dear to Robin Hartman’s heart.  As a mother and teacher she has seen enough to give her insight into what Autism is and what it is not.  Read her story and the important tips below to find out more about what Autism may look like
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Lesson Planning in Special Education by Rachel Urka

Lesson Planning in Special Education by Rachel Urka

by Rachel Urka, Monthly Columnist Whenever I am planning lessons for my special education classroom, I have to remember two things: Keep it short Keep it consistent I think most teachers (not just special education teachers) would agree with the keeping it short tidbit! I take it very seriously though or my students are completely
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Dyslexia and the Special Education Law

Dyslexia and the Special Education Law

by Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley, Guest Blogger The mere utterance of the word dyslexia within the confines of a school campus can stop a conversation and create a divide between a parent and that school. This does not have to be the case and there is information teachers can arm themselves with and become a resource
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TeachChat Archive: Helping Special Ed Students Succeed in the Classroom – August 8, 2012

TeachChat Archive:  Helping Special Ed Students Succeed in the Classroom – August 8, 2012

Our #TeachChat teachers are not afraid to tackle the tough questions and issues.  They offered great advice, ideas, and support for helping those students with IEPs and those struggling academically.  Read their ideas in the transcript below by scrolling down and reading UP!  Join us on August 15th, 2012 at 9pm EST as we talk
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Understanding the Disproportionate Numbers of LEP Students in Special Education by Arlene Sandberg

Understanding the Disproportionate Numbers of LEP Students in Special Education by Arlene Sandberg

by Arlene Sandberg, Guest Blogger As an ESL Resource Teacher/Specialist in a Title I Elementary School in Anchorage, Alaska I was responsible for over 200 students that spoke more than 20 different languages. I was also a member of our school leadership team comprised of our school psychologist, reading coach and myself. We all sat
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Working with Students who have Disabilities

Working with Students who have Disabilities

As classroom teachers, one of the biggest challenges facing you is accommodating the needs of every student. In a class of thirty students, knowing how to help each child can be an overwhelming responsibility. Two teachers from New Jersey share with us how they alter tiny things in their lessons to make a big impact
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NASET – Exceptional Resource for Exceptional Teachers

NASET – Exceptional Resource for Exceptional Teachers

Where can you special education resources, power point presentations, and podcasts about exceptional students? On the National Association of Special Education Teachers’ (NASET) website, of course. This professional organization is dedicated to providing exceptional resources for their members, most of whom are teachers in the field of special education. The organization was created specifically to
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How to Prepare and Begin Parent Conferences for Parents of Children with Disabilities who Resist Services for their Children by NASET

How to Prepare and Begin Parent Conferences for Parents of Children with Disabilities who Resist Services for their Children by NASET

When a Facebook fan asked us a question about how to hold conferences with parents who are in denial that their child needs special services, we went to work to find out.  Our first stop was to the National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET).  Little did we know that their policy is usually to
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