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Special Education Classes Using PPE to Keep Students Safe

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Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

Students in special education classes at Manistee Intermediate School District are learning in person, and the school district is using more accessible PPE for students and teachers to stay safe. “There was lots and lots of planning through the summer,” said Special Education...

Improving Special Education While Managing Its Cost

Education Week

Authors: Education Week

Nathan Levenson of District Management Group discusses how school leaders can improve the quality of special education even as they manage its cost....

Powerful Drug Discovery Protocol for Autism is Accelerating the Development of New Treatments

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Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

A sensitive and reliable new protocol for assessing social deficits in animal models of autism and certain psychiatric conditions is expediting the search for effective treatments. Developed by University at Buffalo researchers, the new protocol is described in a paper published today in...

Special Times for Special Education

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Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

While students in the Santa Barbara Unified School District head back to school via distance learning, educators are overcoming new hurdles to ensure students in special education are not being left behind. Bradley Brock, principal of La Cumbre Junior High School in Santa Barbara,...

Special Education Classes Work to Implement Social Distancing, While Staying ‘Hands On’

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Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

Special education will look unique this year. For many instructors, this fall’s transition to the classroom also comes with a call for new ideas. “Our students are unique in that some students cannot remove a mask independently, so we cannot put masks on those students,”...

FREE WEBINAR: Measurement and Interpretation of Standardized Reading Assessments for Professionals and Parents

Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

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Abstract: This webinar provides an overview of popular reading tests and discusses their strengths and limitations with respect to their...

Autism: How a Gene Alteration Modifies Social Behavior

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Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

A team of researchers at the Biozentrum, University of Basel, has discovered a new connection between a genetic alteration and social difficulties related to autism: A mutation in the neuroligin-3 gene reduces the effect of the hormone oxytocin. In the journal Nature, the researchers...

Special Education Families Urged to Prepare for Back to School Changes

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Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

Going back to school will be a challenge for many families this year and teachers and staff with Metro Nashville Public Schools have been working to modify Individualized Education Plans for students who need some extra help. Administrators know this year could be a struggle. However, they...

Why Are Students With Disabilities So Invisible in STEM Education?

Education Week

Authors: Education Week

In the United States, we lament the lack of diversity in STEM fields and in teacher education, but many of our actions as educators continue to "weed out" students from nondominant communities and those who are differently abled....

New for this Year’s Back-to-School Shopping List: Face Masks

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Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

Below the requests for highlighters, colored pencils and glue sticks, past the descriptions of spiral notebooks, two-pocket folders and three-ring binders, is a newly added line on many school supply lists for the 2020-21 academic year—one that illustrates just how much the world has...

State Releases Guidelines for Special Education in the Fall

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Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

On Thursday night the state of Massachusetts released documents outlining special education guidance for the fall semester. The 18-page document urges districts to prioritize in-person learning for students with disabilities and complex needs. It also addresses the expectations for...

Thinking about COVID 19, Schools and Speech Language Pathologists

Authors: The School Speech Therapist

Jun 28, 2020 byTeresa Sadowski MA CCC-SLP

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To all you Speech Language Pathologists working with unreasonable caseloads now is the time to advocate for yourselves and your students.  Think a lot about this as the guidelines for the “new normal” start coming out in every state.

This week in Massachusetts the...