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A recent CASE survey* found special education leaders lose the most sleep over personnel issues compared to other job stressors. Hiring special education teachers and related services staff can certainly be hard, especially in areas experiencing acute shortages of experienced professionals. So how can you retain the great staff you have? The cost of rehiring and retraining can be a costly cycle, so it’s important to consider what leads people to change jobs, or even leave education altogether. According to ASHA’s Schools Survey Report: SLP Workforce and Work Conditions Trends 2000 – 2016, speech-language pathologists report three main sources of stress: Paperwork High workloads/caseloads Insufficient time to collaborate This information matches PresenceLearning’s own surveys of the factors that make clinical professionals burn out of their…

World Autism Day is Monday, April 2, 2018, which marked the kickoff of an entire month dedicated to spreading awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism Society, the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization, launched the observance month to “promote autism awareness, inclusion and self-determination for all, and assure that each person with ASD is provided the opportunity to achieve the highest possible quality of life.” How can you get involved in the movement? Learn more about how the autistic brain works: Leading autism expert Dr. Temple Grandin hosted a webinar with PresenceLearning’s Clay Whitehead to give special educators and administrators a deeper understanding of neurodiversity and how they can help students reach their fullest potential. You can watch a recording of the webinar here, read a summary of…

So much to read, so little time! Check out this month’s list of some of the more noteworthy articles we’ve come across. Poor sleep: A powerful — but often ignored — culprit in learning – A look at what both parents and educators can do about a child’s sleep issues, and how they can affect an IEP (Multibriefs) The Gap Between The Science On Kids And Reading, And How It Is Taught – The disconnect between the way children are taught to read, and the way speech and language develops in the brain. (NPR) How to Keep Students with Disabilities Safe in Lockdowns, Evacuations, and Other School Crises – Learn about the Individual Emergency and Lockdown Plan, which is designed to blend seamlessly with a student’s IEP. (Friendship Circle) How to Motivate (Not…

We all know how a poor night’s sleep impacts us the next day: difficulty paying attention, crankiness, and brain fog are just some of the typical reactions we may feel. Children who suffer from sleep deficiency may also misbehave, have trouble reading emotions, and perform poorly in academics. And when a student also has special needs, sleep problems can impede the work of the critical interventions and therapy that helps students to succeed. Therefore, it is important for schools and parents alike to watch for signs of sleep deprivation, address the conditions that lead to poor sleep, and even potentially collaborate with a physician or psychologist to assess medical or psychological components of the problem. In a recent Multibriefs article, Howard Margolis suggests that parents…

So much to read, so little time! Check out this month’s list of some of the more noteworthy articles we’ve come across. Brain imaging predicts language learning in deaf children – A study between the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago developed an algorithm based on brain scans that predicts language ability in children who have received cochlear implants. (Medical Xpress) Nurturing Intrinsic Motivation in Students – Recognizing improvement, creating opportunities for service learning, and tapping into strengths and interests are just a few ways to help children develop intrinsic motivation. (Edutopia) New Research Finds Animals May Help Kids On The Spectrum – While the research continues to grow on the efficacy and long term results of animal-assisted interventions, families continue…

Hiring and retaining staff can often feel like being stuck on a hamster wheel. You hire a clinician and before you can even feel relief that all your students are being served, another clinician leaves for maternity leave, or someone else resigns after months of absorbing the excess workload. Before you know it, you are taking another spin on the wheel, posting a job description, contacting agencies, and hoping that a qualified candidate will come through the door. While you are frantically trying to hire a new SLP, OT, social worker, or school psychologist, your students are regressing. Many directors say that the shortage of qualified clinicians in their area exacerbates the hiring challenges. In extreme cases, we’ve heard of open positions that went without…

Welcome to 2018! The year is already proving newsworthy in research, policy, interventions, and more. Here’s what’s been on our radar so far: Common pain reliever use during pregnancy linked to language delay in girls – A study by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai found that girls born to mothers with a high use of acetaminophen were nearly six times more likely to experience language delays than girls born to mothers with low or no use. (Science Daily) Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder Among US Children and Adolescents, 2014-2016 – Three years of data show a stabilization in autism rates. (The JAMA Network) Telehealth Targets a Niche in Mental Health Care for Urban Youths – Pediatricians are now turning to telehealth for training and consultations…

This year, special education administrators, educators, and related services professionals have joined PresenceLearning to watch 464,470 minutes (that’s 321 DAYS!) of webinars and videos, and have downloaded thousands of copies of ebooks, white papers, resource kits, and infographics. We work hard to bring you insights from some of the best and brightest minds in the field, and we thank you for your continued interest and support! In 2017, we brought you professional development webinars by Dr. Lori Desautels, LeDerick Horne and Dr. Margo Izzo, Dr. Randy Sprick, Dr. Howie Knoff, Dr. Jeanne Wanzek, and Dr. Carol Ann Tomlinson, as well as a special summertime legal update on special education law as it pertains to discipline and mental health by Julie Weatherly, Esq. We also updated three…

In a recent 90-minute webinar with PresenceLearning, an audience member asked Dr. Carol Ann Tomlinson, an expert on differentiated instruction, how to get buy-in from teachers for differentiated instruction, especially among more seasoned teachers. See Dr. Tomlinson’s response below. You can get teacher buy-in in a lot of ways, just like you do with kids. Ask yourself how you get the most reluctant kids to join you. In a classroom, that’s with a relationship. It might not always be a cuddly relationship to start with, but it can at least be honest where you can say something like, “I know of three kids here who would really benefit if we could figure out a way together to do something a little bit different for them. Are…

In a recent 90-minute webinar with PresenceLearning, an audience member wondered whether special educators are used by gen ed teachers and administrators to avoid school-wide differentiation, and asked Dr. Carol Ann Tomlinson, an expert on differentiated instruction, how they can become part of the solution. See Dr. Tomlinson’s response below. I love this question. You could substitute the notion of special education in there, or special programs for the gifted, or remedial settings for reading. The big question is, why don’t we just put all those kids in a room where they belong, and then we won’t have to worry about them. The thing we sense as a burden is taken away. Of course, everything in life depends on the lens through which you look at it. I…

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