perspective

Likely if you have worked in education for any length of time and even more likely if you work in special education, you have been on the receiving end of disrespect by a student. As challenging as this may be, it is our responsibility as educators to maintain a sense of rational detachment in these…

Read more It’s Not Personal

Every time I hear the term “sped student” it absolutely makes my skin crawl. Not only is this not person first, it also automatically assigns an identity to the student being referenced. How often is the term “gen. ed student” used in reference to one particular student? I will answer that, rarely, or never. Students…

Read more Advocacy Series # 10 Special education is a resource not an identity…

The goal of intervention is to help students develop skills. As educators when we recognize that a student may need additional support in a skill area, interventions must ALWAYS be considered before special education services. The skill area may be academic, speech and language, social, functional, behavioral, organizational, or a specific focus unique to the…

Read more Advocacy Series #9 Intervention begins with self-reflection…

Many of my early experiences with Individual Education Plan (IEP) meetings as a parent were extremely intimidating and overwhelming. I would walk into the meetings carrying the weight of world on my shoulders in the form of worry, concern, hopes and dreams for my son. Yet, expressing all of those thoughts and feelings is difficult to…

Read more Advocacy Series #3 Hey Parents! They can’t have the meeting without you!

In a world that consistently accommodates for adults…
let’s not forget that children and adolescents need accommodations too!

Fixed Perspective of Behavior

Uncooperative, difficult, defiant, rude, disrespectful, naughty, etc.

Growth Perspective of Behavior

Communication, skill-based deficits, mental health, regulation.