Category: Special Education

Special education teachers work with a variety of different students and kids, who all have their own unique set of needs. These blogs and resources are designed to provide special education teachers with information and knowledge that will allow them to better perform their job!

Benefits of Using a Therapy Dog for Special Education

The use of therapy dogs in schools is increasing throughout the country. Not only are districts and schools coordinating to add a therapy dog, there are programs in some communities that work with the schools to promote the use with special needs children. The benefits in some areas are opening eyes to more specific ways that therapy dogs can be beneficial for children in speech, occupational therapy, physical therapy, social skill building, and more.

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The Kind of Assessments We Need for Special Education Students

The introduction of the Common Core Standards and the testing that goes along with them has been a very controversial topic in the world of education. Special education teachers have been vocal for years stating that they are concerned about standardized testing for their students. Many feel that student growth and achievement are not being properly assessed using these methods. With the implementation of the new Common Core-aligned assessments, special education teachers and advocates will need to work together to help to improve student growth and achievement.

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Using Educational Game Apps in Special Education and Other School Settings

Using games as educational tools is far from a new trend. Within the last few years, educational technology has exploded. From app development to games being turned on their head and re-purposed for an educational setting, the gaming and educational world has collided in an outpouring of opportunity. Some say that games are not educational, especially those of the digital variety. Research has proven that video games can improve students' social skills, puzzle solving capabilities, and their critical thinking capacity. This can be especially helpful with special education students, as more and more students are having supportive technology included in their IEPs and 504 plans. Teaching students through gaming can be a way to bridge the gap between educator and student, while allowing students to have fun at the same time.

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