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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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School Psychologist Month

Collaboration with colleagues within any work environment is important, but it is especially important within the school workplace where students’ academic success is dependent upon the effectiveness of our teamwork. Though there are plenty of individuals we must work with on a regular basis, one of our most important collaborations is with that of the…

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The Stepping Stones Group Celebrates in Service – Veterans Day

Veterans Day – November 11, 2018 More than four million Americans saw battle in World War I, and more than three hundred thousand lost their lives. We observe Veterans Day each year on November 11, the date that marks the anniversary of the end of WWI, when an armistice was signed between the Allies and Germany…

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