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The Stepping Stones Group Celebrates in Service – Martin Luther King Jr. Day

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?”  ~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Every third Monday in January the accomplishments of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. are honored. Congress appointed this date in 1994 to be one of service for Americans to help bridge barriers and give back in service…

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Ways to improve communication with co-teachers

When I first started the Teaching Fellows program five years ago, I was nervous about my first day in the classroom, as many educators are. I knew what kind of teacher I wanted to be, but I was not sure what to expect when school started. A asked a good friend of mine, who had…

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Using Google Survey for IEPs

How to efficiently collect data for present levels of performance There are many things we must juggle as special educators – several students on our caseloads, differentiating instruction, modifying classroom materials, and of course, writing IEPs. One of the most time consuming – and at times difficult – parts of writing the IEP is obtaining…

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Mental Wellness Month

January is Mental Wellness month. In the spirit of New Year’s resolutions, January is a great time to evaluate stress in your life and take action to promote a healthy mental state. This can be especially important for those of us working in a school setting. The Mayo Clinic considers those working in a “helping…

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Working With Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students in Schools

Some of you reading this article might be thinking that “I’m already cultural and/or linguistically diverse” and that may be true from whatever or where ever your family background may include. But speaking from experience, nothing quite prepares you for when a child and their family comes into your office,  clinic, hospital or school seeking…

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Making Guardians and Educators Feel Important, Included, and Heard

When I was a new SLP, I worked for an organization that emphasized a “Get In/Get Out” philosophy to therapy. Most of our effort was to go toward the treatment of the child, with little concern to guardian or teacher input. In this approach, once you had the standardized testing results, you had all the…

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Holiday Gifts That Give Back!

It’s no secret that the holidays are upon us and it all starts with the three-month stretch beginning in October. It’s a time of reflection that comes at the close of a year; the way we huddle a little more with our families, gather our friends around tables to toast and celebrate memories. And if…

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Ways to Improve Communication with General Education Teachers

The Importance of Strong Communication and Relationships in a School Setting As a special educator or someone who works with students with disabilities, it is important to have a strong relationship and communication with the general education teacher you will be working directly with. The general education teacher can not only assist you with information…

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Staying in the Loop

As speech-language pathologists, we oftentimes find that we can be overlooked during the RTI process, IEPs, and as an overall resource for general and special education teachers. This can result in frustration and a lack of overall efficiency. It’s important that we remain known and included so that students can receive the best and most…

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AAC: Infusing Core Vocabulary Across Settings

“Choose your words wisely” is an expression often said as a reminder of the great power, influence, and impact our words hold. The specific words we choose to express our thoughts, ideas, opinions, personalities and have the ability to shape and alter our surroundings. In the context of Alternative and Augmented Communication (AAC), “choose your…

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