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Speech Therapy in a Special Education Environment

According to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) a speech disorder is defined as an impairment in the ability to send, receive, process, and comprehend verbal, non-verbal and graphic symbol systems. Everyone has the right to communicate their wants, thoughts, feelings, and ideas. Speech therapy in a special education environment can help students with […]

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Psychiatric Disorders and Special Needs Students: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a common and treatable brain disorder whereby unwanted thoughts can cause significant anxiety or distress in our students, and interfere with the child’s normal routine, academic functioning, social activities, or relationships. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, when a child is diagnosed with OCD, a difference in the […]

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Tips for Vacationing with your Special Needs Child

While a vacation can be a great chance for parents to unwind, it can be tough for the special needs child. With planning and flexibility, however, it really is possible to have a positive family vacation. Here are some tips for making it work. Keep it simple. Consider staying in one place rather than travelling around. […]

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Mental Health Disorders and Special Needs Students: Eating Disorders

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge-eating are serious psychiatric conditions and often severely disabling illnesses, whereby preoccupation with food, body weight, or body shape may cause severe disturbances in people’s eating behaviors, related thoughts and emotions. Special needs children may also suffer from these issues, […]

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Anxiety During a National Emergency

As the news about COVID-19 gets more alarming every day, it is understandable that everyone is feeling anxious right now. With schools closed, special needs children are missing their normal routines and caregivers are faced with the overwhelming task of helping children make sense of what is happening. Our children are looking to us for […]

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