Language acquisition leads to the development of skills as well as cognitive, social, and emotional development. Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) experience a variety of associated symptoms, and attain language proficiency at different stages—some earlier than others. Reading comprehension requires the ability to understand language and literature. It isn’t enough to just read a

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in Education and Classroom by Andréas RB Deolinda, BA, BSC

A determined mother shares her frustrations as she fights for her daughter’s right to earn her college degree. Life with Maggie, before college algebra, was one of remarkable focus and perseverance, because she is on the autism spectrum. Maggie is a mixed media artist from Gulfport, Mississippi, who uses the power of creativity to bring

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in Education and Classroom by Susan Russell

Learn about UK-based specialist autism school, The Cavendish School, and its important mission. Education is all about listening to those around you. From the start of our journey to opening The Cavendish School, the world’s first International Baccalaureate (IB) special autism school, we have been working extremely hard to ensure we are engaging in relevant

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in Education and Classroom by Ryan Kelsall, CEO

The COVID-19 Pandemic has led to significant changes in daily life for children, youth, and their families. According to the BMC Public Health children in the United States performed less physical behavior and increased their sedentary behavior.  The pandemic has changed how children access their education. Different options for school now exist: remote models (students

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in Education and Classroom by Sarah Allen, MOT, OTR/L, SCSS and Megan Huggins, MOT, OTR/L

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is characterized by difficulties in communication and language, understanding abstract concepts, gestures, and understanding the concept of time as well as engaging in social settings and creating interpersonal relationships, to name a few. Due to these difficulties, some children with autism lack the social or emotional ability to engage in conversations,

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in Education and Classroom by Andréas RB Deolinda, BA, BSC

Many parents are currently having to make critical decisions on the education of their children with autism. Some students will be going to school full-time. Others will be staying home until parents feel it is safe for them to return to the classroom. Finally, some parents will be selecting a hybrid model for their child

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in Education and Classroom by Ron Malcolm, EdD

Many students and parents think about college. Is college a possibility? How can we best prepare? Where do we look? What do we ask for? All good questions. Many students on the autism spectrum do well academically, and graduate high school with grades that make them candidates for college. We’ve all heard that one in

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in Education and Classroom by Marcia Eckerd, PhD

A beautiful day with the sun beating down on children darting around, cavorting and clapping with excitement. The day had been chosen for Orange Class to host a Color Day as a culmination of their achievements, and to practically demonstrate their emerging life skills. The class consists of eight children with a range of disabilities,

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in Education and Classroom by Jackie Moore

Autism Spectrum Disorder affects individuals differently, affecting a range of skills, from fine motor and language to social interaction and focus. As such, writing tasks can be particularly challenging for students with ASD. Yet, with the appropriate support and planning, students with autism are able to become fluent and successful writers. In order to help

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in Education and Classroom by Beatrix Potter

Collaboration between school representatives and parents is the foremost approach to accurate educational planning for children with special needs. This process rests primarily on the principle that parental participation is mandated under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). All parents can and should contribute meaningfully to their child’s education; as such involvement is integral

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in Education and Classroom by Laurie Wellner, EdD

If you’re considering the homeschooling path for your child, chances are you’re not satisfied with your child’s current educational setting. Whether it’s a public or private school, some parents or guardians discover the typical learning environment there just contains too many factors that can negatively impact their children. What works well for some children with

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in Education and Classroom by Kim Barloso, AB

Whether you call it special education or exceptional education, your expectations for its role in your child’s life are high, as well they should be. As parents of special needs students, we face decisions that parents of typical students rarely consider. Public, private, or charter school? Consider homeschooling? Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 plan? Standard diploma

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in Education and Classroom by Tara Bertic

The world is constantly evolving. Technology and medicine are becoming ever more advanced, while society is constantly striving to become more understanding, compassionate, and accepting towards our fellow people. Historically speaking, this understanding and compassion have been less than giving towards those with special educational needs (SEN) requirements, fortunately as we as a population learn

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in Education and Classroom by Stephen Spriggs