Gil Velazquez, Author at The Gateway School

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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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Strategies for Emotional Behavior Issues

Emotional behavioral disorders are a diverse group of conditions in which a child chronically performs highly inappropriate behaviors, such as acting out disruptively or aggressively. Some children with behavioral disorders might seem emotionally disturbed, anxious, withdrawn, or disconnected from everyday reality. Emotional behavior disorders disrupt a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others, […]

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How does social media benefit the special needs community?

Social media often gets a bad rap for reducing our attention span and discouraging face-to-face interactions. While this may ring true for some people, for many others, it provides a safe, comfortable environment to interact with friends and meet new people who share the same interests. For example, individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) […]

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What is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication, and behavioral challenges. While people diagnosed “on the spectrum” may look like their neurotypical peers, and their intelligence can range from gifted to severely challenged, they communicate, behave, and learn in […]

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