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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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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Students with special needs overcome various challenges daily—but struggling to get equal access to higher education shouldn’t be one of them. Unfortunately, they face steep dropout rates, largely spurred by a lack of inclusion on campus. How can universities serve these students better? Professors can design coursework designed to teach secondary lessons regarding inclusion. Schools

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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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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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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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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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Among school-age children, an estimated 11 percent are diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).  What most parents, teachers, and school counselors may not realize is that children with ADHD may also manifest symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Having two or more co-occurring diseases or disorders is defined as being comorbid or having comorbidities.

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