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Sorting Through Online Educational Training Systems

June 3, 2013 in Special Education Articles by Jess

Finding Virtual Learning Technology Answers. Parents and teachers are finding a proliferation of virtual remediation to acceleration brain training programs promising fast and optimum gains in learning reading, math, and science that are research based. It is difficult to believe these promises, as most often the program designers do not have a background in classroom implementation let alone e-Learning implementation, which is totally different form pure classroom teaching.

Many virtual learning entrepreneurs come from backgrounds of scientists and somewhat related fields to education like optometry (testing vision), psychiatry, psychology, and medicine pediatrics (medically treating the whole child, and prescribing stimulant medications). Others are business and technology product development entrepreneurs who have never worked in a classroom, and understand technology delivery parameters, but not how children/adults actually learn and retain information so that it will transfer into real life productivity. Read the rest of this entry →

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Lifelong Learning As A Special Ed Therapy Professional

April 5, 2012 in Special Education Articles by Jess

Occupational therapists, physical therapists, and speech therapists all provide essential services to help individuals recover or manage their disability. It's apparent to these professionals, or students specializing in this field, that to be able to give the highest quality of care requires extensive education to enter professions as well as continuing education throughout the subsequent career. But what is the special recipe to maximize your lifelong learning as a therapy professional? Read the rest of this entry →

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Advocating for Emily

November 8, 2011 in Special Education Articles by Jess

Advocates are not Born, they are Created

There are times as a parent that you are called upon to do and act for your child over matters you never thought you would be fighting over.

From the early years of advocating for early intervention to the latter years of advocating for an equal and appropriate grade level education, it has never ceased to amaze me how those in positions of being able to support children of developmental norm think they can treat a child born with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) like a child who is merely misunderstood or dysregulated.  Read the rest of this entry →

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Crying in Therapy

May 17, 2011 in Special Education Articles by Jess

For many parents, family members and therapists, crying can be a big obstacle to overcome when teaching and working with a young child. While it may be difficult to manage this sort of behaviour, it is important to understand why a child is upset as well as the things you can do in order to see his way of thinking. In my opinion, the key to handling this issue is to try to figure out where the child is coming from and be willing to view things from his perspective. In doing so, you will be able to tell the difference between when he is simply protesting something new or if he is hurt and needs you to stop and assist him in his function. Read the rest of this entry →

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Health Insurance Coverage for Autism and Other Disabilities

April 18, 2011 in Special Education Articles by Jess

This material is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be construed as legal advice.  You must check with your own insurance company and your legal consultant for verification of laws and guidelines specific to your state.

Dealing with your health insurance company can be difficult and confusing, especially when your child needs ABA, occupational therapy, speech therapy, physical therapy and/or residential placement or in-patient hospitalization.  For many parents, obtaining reimbursement for these services from their insurance company has never even been contemplated.  Others call their insurance company with questions regarding these services, are told the services are not covered, and therefore reimbursement is never pursued.   Most health insurance policies, however, do cover some of these services, but obtaining coverage can be difficult. Read the rest of this entry →

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Playroom Design: Designing for academic success

April 3, 2011 in Special Education Articles by Jess

The playroom is to infants and preschoolers what the classroom is to students and the office is to professionals. Camouflaged as a space for mindless diversion it’s where THE most important work of your child’s life will take place. 

So how do we select the best toys, activities, and playroom set up? Simple, follow a basic formula. First, know what you are developing through play. Then, make sure you have the toys, opportunities, and space to cover these areas.  Read the rest of this entry →

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Equine Facilitated Therapy: Three Methods

November 19, 2010 in Special Education Articles by Jess

Equine Facilitated Therapy (EFT) is a name given to three related methods: Hippotherapy, Therapeutic Riding, and Animal-Assisted Therapy. EFT can improve attention, memory, cognition, language, and learning.

HIPPOTHERAPY (HT)

“Hippotherapy” comes from the Greek root word for horse, hippo. It is a therapeutic method that uses the movement of the horse to facilitate learning. Traditionally HT has been used for people, particularly children, with physical handicaps; however, it has long been known to help activate language learning. A centering foundation can be established that can improve clients’ neurological function and sensory processing. Read the rest of this entry →

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Medical versus Educational Therapy

October 6, 2010 in Special Education Articles by Jess

Children who have special needs may require therapy services in their school to help them benefit fully from their education. Read the rest of this entry →

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