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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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XXX Syndrome: early learning and sensory developmental implications

August 15, 2012 in Special Education Articles by Jess

This rare but potentially devastating condition affects girls born to older mothers.  And as we as OT’s working in schools and preschools have already observed, many of our “first time moms” are often in their late thirties and early forties.

It is not a given that all older moms give birth to children with issues.  But in the case of XXX Syndrome that is one of the prominent factors.  XXX Syndrome is characterized by the presence of an additional X chromosome in each cell of female children/fetus.  If the extra X chromosome occurs only in some of the cells it is called a mosaic, and has less developmental impact.  It is not an inherited condition and usually occurs during conception and is related to a delayed or incomplete splitting of the egg during fertilization.  Occurrence is about 1 in 1,000. Read the rest of this entry →

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Homework: The Sensory System and Mental Health

July 20, 2011 in Special Education Articles by Jess

It is the fall, school has been in session for over 2 months now, and in many households across America the battle lines have been drawn. On one side: the parents plaintively asking “have you done your homework?” and on the other,  the child—suddenly non-verbal or explosively combative. Read the rest of this entry →

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Why Parents Need to Know About Neuroplasticity

May 9, 2011 in Special Education Articles by Jess

Four words revolutionize how we now view and help kids with special needs: The brain can change.  That’s a powerful statement with huge implications. 

Only a few decades ago, scientists were convinced the brain was hard-wired . . .  that was until modern technology, such as MRIs and PET scans, proved otherwise.  With the same certainty that we know the sun rises, we now also know that the brain has the ability to change and re-organize itself. This phenomenon is called neuroplasticity. 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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Blended e-learning to the Rescue: 6 Available Models

February 8, 2011 in Special Education Articles by Jess

The Special Education student eagerly awaits modern educational approaches, as their cognitive skills weaknesses can be improved to make them functioning students. They can become even highly capable learners, and soon. Now, we can move forward without hesitation. 

For years, the typical solution was in-classroom or pull out tutorial assistance of daily assignments. Teachers, not knowing how to implement advanced instructional strategies, remained instructing within this inefficient model. In many cases, teachers feared additional, cumbersome work in learning and implementing new methodologies.  Read the rest of this entry →

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5 Remediation Solutions for Learning Problems

January 12, 2011 in Special Education Articles by Jess

What are available solutions to activate inefficient learning pathways? My last article reviewed the importance of understanding the four primary sensory learning pathways; visual, auditory, kinesthetic-tactile pathways, (VAKT: Visual-Auditory-Kinesthetic-Tactile teaching method, http://www.dyslexia-parent.com/VAKT.html) and these entrances must be in working order. If the senses do not integrate, there becomes a learning problem not only in the classroom, but with everyday interactions. 

Unfortunately, learning deficiencies are stigmatized. Although most of us have a learning pathway block, we are afraid to address or identify it, even though it is holding our processing speed down. Advanced processing speed can change your life, and even direct you to a new, more satisfying career. Let alone, determine your child’s future.  Read the rest of this entry →

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Top Ten Most Viewed Special Education Guest Articles from 2010

December 26, 2010 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Dennise Goldberg

10.  Transitioning your Special Needs Child to Life after High School by Kelly McGuire

Your 15 year old child with a disability has just announced to you that he or she would like to go to college. You’ve heard that young adults with disabilities are attending college more than ever, but before you run head long into the ivory tower, there are some things you need to do. Read the rest of this entry →

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The Value of a Good Teacher

December 1, 2010 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Dennise Goldberg

Whether your child is in general education or special education, a good teacher makes all the difference in the world.  A good teacher motivates, inspires and nurtures their students in their classroom.  I have been reminded of this lately, because I have met some wonderful teachers in recent IEP meetings.  I am truly amazed when I hear how various teachers work with students with disabilities.  As we all know, nowadays, general education teachers have to deal with many students with disabilities who are in mainstreamed classrooms. 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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