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February 2012 Blog Posts (10)

Communication device not being used at school!

It breaks my heart to hear that a child is not able to use a communication device at school. While at speech therapy tonight while talking with my grandsons therapist told me that their was a child not able to use his device at school because the teacher does not have the time to deal with it. It is in the child's IEP that all staff use the device to help the child. I am going tomorrow and get the parents name and contact them to see how this matter with help can be straightened out. This is…


Added by Rhonda Strange on February 27, 2012 at 8:35pm — 3 Comments

Have you hugged your teacher/therapist today?

I know we are a month or two away from Teacher appreciation week, but have you “hugged” your teacher lately? Sometimes I feel like a fireman putting out fires all day long that it gets hard to see the forest through the trees. Now I’m not complaining, I LOVE being a teacher and especially a teacher of children with…


Added by Hannah Ehrli on February 27, 2012 at 8:30am — 4 Comments

Awesome Apps for Autism---& More!

We know that all struggling learners and their families need extra help and support. This is particularly important for those families in the autism community. Recently, resources have become available that are “leveling the playing field” for ALL learners, especially children and adults challenged with autism spectrum disorders. We are referring to the wonderful technology that is not only available now but more accessible than ever.

This technology has taken the form of…


Added by Joan M. Brennan on February 26, 2012 at 12:26am — 2 Comments

Great Dressing Solutions for the"I Can Do It Myself!" Child

Dressing skills are often a challenge for children with special needs. Just FYI, in normal developmental sequence, the progression is usually that the undoing skill emerges first (as in unbutton, unsnap, untie etc.) before the ability to fasten garments.



Added by Cecilia Cruse on February 23, 2012 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

The IEP Collaboration

I've lived in three states as a parent of a child with a disability, and I've taught for over 10 years in one state. One thing I've learned is that, with any IEP, collaboration is the key. Each stakeholder has an integral part in making the IEP a working, breathing, progress-monitoring document for the student.…


Added by Hannah Ehrli on February 20, 2012 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

Putting the “I” in IEP Goals

As a former school therapist, I often tell folks that this time of year, for special education teachers and school-based therapists, is like tax season for accountants! Instead of working diligently with clients on income tax returns, our days are…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on February 16, 2012 at 8:00am — 18 Comments

A Comprehensive Eye Exam: Your First Line of Defense for Learning Success


A child's vision plays such a vital role in that child’s learning success. With this in mind, it is important to know that many of the symptoms and behaviors often associated with learning disabilities are very similar to those caused by vision problems. In fact, in some cases, students' vision problems are sometimes mistaken for learning disabilities (AD/HD, autism, and other issues). For this reason, it is critical that a comprehensive vision…


Added by Joan M. Brennan on February 13, 2012 at 7:44pm — 4 Comments

Making the Most of Testing

Testing is a strenuous time for teacher and student alike. There are lots of ways we can get through it together. Although it has great benefits, the pendulum seems to have gone so far to the right that it seems all we do is test.

The real question is interpreting the testing data to help inform and guide us…


Added by Hannah Ehrli on February 13, 2012 at 2:32pm — 2 Comments

Creative Ways to Say Happy Valentine's Day

This video came by my desk and it was just too cute to pass up!


We know our children and students with special needs can’t always say the words, so here are a few more ideas to help with  creative expression:…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on February 9, 2012 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Gifted? Special Needs? Both? --- What to Do

Do you have one child who struggles to learn while your other child learns almost any concept as if it were “a piece of cake”? Perhaps you have a student who is very bright but at the same time is challenged with some aspect(s) of learning. What can a parent or teacher do?

Although my students have always known me as “Mrs. Brennan”, many adults have begun to call me “The Link Lady”. Yes, many parents and teachers email or phone me requesting resources to help their children and…


Added by Joan M. Brennan on February 3, 2012 at 11:31pm — 6 Comments

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