Gil Velazquez, Author at The Gateway School
 

All Posts by Gil Velazquez

Achieving Academic Success: The IEP Advantage for Special Needs Students

At The Gateway School, we understand that every student’s journey is unique, especially for our students with special needs. Central to effectively supporting these distinctive journeys is the Individualized Education Program (IEP), a vital tool in mapping out a tailored educational path for each student. The IEP is not just a document or a set […]

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How to Mitigate Stress for Students with Special Needs

At The Gateway School, we understand that students with special needs may experience stress in unique and intensified ways, especially during challenging learning situations. Stress can significantly impact their ability to learn, engage, and thrive within the educational environment. Recognizing and addressing this stress is not just a part of our commitment; it’s at the […]

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Soft Skills and Why They Are Important for Those with Special Needs.

Academic proficiency is just one piece of the puzzle when preparing students with special needs for life beyond school. At The Gateway School, we place equal emphasis on developing soft skills, an often overlooked but crucial aspect of education. Soft skills, encompassing a range of non-academic abilities from social interactions to emotional intelligence, are essential […]

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What is Trauma-Informed Teaching? Understanding Its Role in Special Education at The Gateway School

In special education, understanding the diverse needs of students goes beyond academic learning challenges. At The Gateway School, we recognize that some of our students may have experienced traumatic events that significantly impact their learning and behavior. This recognition has led us to embrace trauma-informed teaching, a crucial approach in nurturing and educating students with […]

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Beyond the School Walls: How School-Based Therapies at Gateway School Complement Outside Therapeutic Practices

Education for children with special needs is a journey that extends beyond the conventional classroom setting. At The Gateway School, we recognize the importance of providing a holistic educational experience that incorporates both school-based therapies and outside therapeutic practices. This integrated approach ensures that the skills and lessons learned within our school walls are seamlessly […]

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The Role of Therapy in Special Education: The Gateway School Approach

The journey of learning is unique for every individual. However, for students with special needs, this journey often involves a blend of traditional academics and supportive therapies. The Gateway School understands this intricacy and, through its tailored approach, seamlessly integrates a range of therapeutic practices into the educational environment. This fosters holistic development and ensures […]

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Assistive Technology: Empowering Students with Special Needs at Gateway School

Technology has become integral to education, offering innovative tools and resources that can transform the learning experience. For students with special needs, technology takes on an even more significant role as assistive devices and software can bridge gaps, enhance accessibility, and foster independence. At Gateway School, we understand the profound impact of assistive technology on […]

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Making STEM Inclusive: Strategies for Engaging Students with Special Needs

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education plays a critical role in shaping young minds and preparing them for future challenges. However, for students with special needs, accessing and fully engaging in STEM subjects can present unique obstacles. At Gateway School, we firmly believe in making STEM education inclusive and accessible to all students. In […]

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Addressing Behavioral Challenges: Positive Behavior Support in the Classroom

As educators, parents, and caregivers, we understand that each child is unique and may face distinct behavioral challenges during their academic journey. At Gateway School, we believe in fostering a positive and inclusive learning environment that addresses behavioral issues with compassion, understanding, and evidence-based strategies. We will explore the importance of Positive Behavior Support (PBS) […]

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How New Research Is Changing Our Understanding of ASD – And Why More Research Still Needs to Be Done

Autism research was pioneered in the 1940s by Hans Asperger and Leo Kanner, although it wasn’t officially identified as a spectrum disorder until 1994, when it was first published in the DSM-IV. The late 1990s saw a considerable rise in autism awareness among both the public and the medical research community. Since that time, there […]

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