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All Things Autism

All Things Autism | Special Education | Scoop.it
Let's see, my son has ADHD, ODD, Anxiety, Learning Disorders, OCD, Gifted (Extremely intelligent just no common sense), Sensory Integration issues, and I think he's depressed sometimes.
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This is extremely helpful, especially for new (or soon to be) teachers like myself because I was unaware of how many disorders were included on the autistic spectrum.  It such a complex issue and I think that every teacher should have some background with special needs since resource rooms are beginning to be phased out of schools.  There is still so much with autism that we don't understand and having a chart like this to break it down can be helpful. 

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Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew | Ellen Notbohm

Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew | Ellen Notbohm | Special Education | Scoop.it
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I found this to be incredibly helpful, and a little sad.  I have worked with autistic children before and it is very important to be patient, understanding, and compassionate towards them .  This is useful for teahcers, and even new parent, of autistic children becuase it explains  aspects of their behavior that can be misunderstood. 

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Special ed, general ed students increasingly sharing sports field

Special ed, general ed students increasingly sharing sports field | Special Education | Scoop.it
The tutors in Meaghann Mulrow's special education class at Mountain View High School have learned firsthand about the challenges that special needs students encounter each day.

Via Dennis P. Garland
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I think a program like this is beneficial to special and general ed students because I think a lot of people doubt the abilities of special needs students and general ed students can be crass when it comes to their treatment of these students. By asking some of the general ed students to mentor their special needs peers they can understand who they are victimizing with their obtuse opinions and negative comments. Seeing an article like this is uplifting because more students are becoming aware of their actions and taking steps to improve their actions.
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Therapy dog aiding Lakeside special education students - U-T San Diego

Therapy dog aiding Lakeside special education students - U-T San Diego | Special Education | Scoop.it
Therapy dog aiding Lakeside special education students
U-T San Diego
Therapy dog aiding Lakeside special education students. By Jeff Sanders1 p.m.May 6, 2013. ⎙. Print. ��. Save. ��. Comments -.

Via Dennis P. Garland
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This is a unique story because I have heard of therapy dogs in hospitals but not in schools.  It seems unlikely that most school districts would allow dogs but it would be an interesting project.  The kids and teacher in this article vouch for the dog's effectiveness although more schools would have to have dogs in order to actually calculate true efficacy.  I would really love a dog in my class to help my students but that's up to the district.

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Hackschooling Makes Me Happy: Logan LaPlante at TEDxUniversityofNevada

When 13 year-old Logan LaPlante grows up, he wants to be happy and healthy. He discusses how hacking his education is helping him achieve this goal. About TE...
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This isn't about Special Education in the sense most people think of, it is about a special education.  When people think of Special Education, they think of an education geared towards those with learning disabilities, mental disabilities, and other disabilties.  But Special Education is more than that; it can be as simple as taking an education and making it special for the individual child.  Logan LaPlante is a 13 year old who wants to grow up to be happy and healthy, and his parents helped to structure an education around that ideal with the belief that being happy should be fostered and taught like writing or literature.  This isn't a common practice, but speaking from experience, it might be a worthwhile avenue for parents to pursue in their child's education.  This is a method that I'd be interested in teaching, if I could learn more about it.

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What is special education?

Under the big umbrella of special education are many services (IDEA, 504 plan, IEP, LRE) that can help your special needs child. Here's a quick guide on how ...
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I found this video useful because it explains what an IEP/504 Plan is and defines special education.  I never thought about what was considered special needs and just thought kids with special needs went to separate classrooms and had a different curriculum.  This was a good video because it tells you where to go for more/better information about IEPs.  It is a good resource for parents and teachers.

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Texas considers requiring cameras in special ed classes

Texas considers requiring cameras in special ed classes | Special Education | Scoop.it
Advocates tell News 8 there's no way to tell how prevalent abuse of special education students is in Texas. But classroom cameras would provide a new layer of accountability.
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Cameras in special education classrooms are a great idea to protect both the teachers and the students.  Due to their disabilities, children with special needs are often very easy targets for abuse because they don't know what to do or understand what is happening.  By placing cameras in classrooms, the administration can investigate claims of abuse and check the video footage.  Teachers are also going to be covered against false claims and other teachers trying to cover themselves.  Something I've learned being a camp counselor to 4 year olds is that you want to be covered agaist false claims from parents and be protected.  Cameras would protect everyone and hopefully make schools safer for special needs students.

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Special Education Goes High Tech | Special Education Degrees

Special Education Goes High Tech | Special Education Degrees | Special Education | Scoop.it
Share this infographic on your site! Source: Special-Education-Degree.net Students with speech delays, autism, cerebral palsy and down syndrome have
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This infographic shows how much money and how many resources special needs students have available to them in schools.  It also gives a brief overview of the history of special education so we can see how far we've come in educating this group of people.  There are also numerous iPad apps for children with various disabilities, as well as highlighting the technology useful for disabilities--hearing aids, voice recognition, text-to-voice, etc.  As I spend time in elementary school classrooms, it's becoming clear to me that resource rooms and teachers are few and far between.  There is less funding for these  programs and the kids are being put into mainstream classes, which can be difficult for the teacher, the students, and the students with needs. I plan to go into special education for a Master's degree, but not every teacher does and I believe this degree with help me when I have students with disabilities; I will be able to help them on my own because it's very possible I won't have an aide to help me.

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