Special Education

Featured Cavalier Tina Wilson

Sometimes we realize what we’re meant to do later in life, and engaging in purpose-driven work often motivates us to achieve more than we thought possible. Tina Wilson, a special education teacher from South Carolina, became an educator after getting married and having children, and that was just her beginning. She continued to advance her… Read More

Making a difference for students sometimes means avoiding a confrontational relationship between parents and schools. Debra Harper’s EdD in Transformational Leadership has given her a broader scope of understanding to help facilitate those relationships. What inspired you to work in education? I was on my way to start a fast-track for a bachelor’s degree in… Read More

It’s one thing to believe in a cause, it’s another thing to change your career for it. Darlene Hester-Slade’s passion for special education developed later in life after she had already earned her MBA and had a fifteen-year career as a successful accountant. We sat down with this Virginia-based Exceptional Education Teacher to find out… Read More

When your purpose becomes your passion, you’re able to accomplish immeasurable goals and enjoy the work you do every single day. Our latest Featured Cavalier Kayvonna Stigall exemplifies this through and through. Find out more about this Michigan-based Autism Behavioral Technician in our Q&A below. What inspired you to become an educator? I have had… Read More

5 Strategies That Co-Teachers Can Use to Work Better Together

By Meaghan Maldonado, MEd February 20, 2018

Many teachers share their classrooms with other educators, and you might be one of them. Sometimes one educator is teaching the whole class while the other is working with English learners, students with special needs, and/or those with learning differences.  Here are five ways to help make the transition from flying solo to working in… Read More

As a resource teacher in Iowa, Jessica Wambeke helps elementary school students who have many different needs and learning styles. With a Master of Education in Special Education (now called the MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: The Inclusive Classroom), she is passionate about supporting students in every possible way, creating inclusive learning environments, and learning… Read More

According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), between eight and nine percent of young children have a speech sound disorder. One common challenge is articulation, when a child pronounces “S” or “R” sounds incorrectly, saying “thock” instead of “sock” or “wabbit” instead of “rabbit.” Elementary students with speech sound disorders… Read More

One of the most positive and heartening trends in American schools has been the inclusion of special-needs students into typical classrooms. Of course, this does not happen easily. It requires significant teamwork by the school, accommodations by the classroom teacher and a lot of trial and error to determine the best program. Classroom teachers need to take… Read More

In late May of this year, video of a 10-year-old’s speech competition entry took the Internet by storm. It wasn’t due to inappropriate material or a surprise visit from a superstar, but because speaker Connor Yates shared his personal experience of what it means to have high-functioning autism (HFA). Connor Yates goes viral with a… Read More

Welcoming a special-needs child into your classroom will be one of the finest moments of your teaching career. For too long, these children were shunted off to specialized facilities and classrooms, never enjoying the opportunity to be educated alongside grade-level peers. That cost them the social benefits of being part of the class — birthdays,… Read More

Meeting the Needs of Learning-Delayed Students: Neuro Touch

By Erin Flynn Jay December 3, 2014

The most impactful ways that non-profit Neuro Touch Inc. supports families dealing with a child’s learning delay is to share resources and educate them on the types of questions to ask. Neuro Touch’s founder and CEO, Heather Lascano, said these resources can vary according to the needs of the parent or family that requests help…. Read More

The fact that one in every 11 school-age children in the United States is diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has warranted plenty of attention. Much research has focused on the efficacy of behavioral therapy or medication as well as a list of symptoms — hyperactivity, impulsiveness and inattention — used to identify ADHD…. Read More

Giftedness is an intellectual ability significantly higher than average. The federal government defines gifted children as “those who give evidence of high achievement capability in such areas as intellectual, creative, artistic, or leadership capacity, or in specific academic fields.” However, there aren’t any national standards for identifying gifted students, and it’s usually left to states… Read More

A New Idea in Autism Intervention: Social Robotics

By Erin Flynn Jay September 3, 2014

Because there are so many different types of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), special education teachers use a trial-and-error method of finding an ASD student’s proper accommodation, support and placement in school. Children who are on the autism spectrum often have trouble understanding complex emotions and social cues and may require more repetition than average learners…. Read More

With schools becoming ever more inclusive and legally obliged to accommodate students as much as possible, you shouldn’t be surprised if you’re asked to teach a student with significant medical needs. This could include a child in a wheelchair or one needing one-to-one medical assistance throughout the school day. As a classroom teacher, you should… Read More