Tag - School


New Year Resolutions for Teachers

By: Courtney Kowalczyk, M.Ed. It is hard to believe that 2010 is already here! The holidays came and went so quickly, and now we are on to bigger and better things in the New Year. As a teacher and consultant, I believe that starting a new year is always a great time to put into …


Five Tips for Parents Making School-Related Decisions

School-related decisions seem to be an ever-present issue for all families, but especially for families with a child with unique learning needs. Here are some tips I find myself frequently providing parents in regards to their child’s education:


12 Things Parents and Professionals Must Understand About Educating Students with Autism and Other Neurodevelopmental Disorders

12 Things Parents and Professionals Must Understand About Educating Students with Autism and Other Neurodevelopmental Disorders By: Nicole Beurkens, M.Ed. Working with parents and educators for over a decade has taught me some important lessons about what it means to provide a meaningful education to students with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. It is easy …


Treating Feeding Difficulties in the School Environment

By: Erin Roon, MA, CCC-SLP There are many children within the school environment that have feeding difficulties. For these children, the task of eating lunch and snack at school is a daunting one. However, lunch and snack time can present the perfect opportunity for addressing feeding difficulties if given the necessary attention and intervention. A …


Feeding Difficulties in the Schools

By: Erin Roon, MA, CCC-SLP Children spend 7-8 hours per day within the school setting. During that time they eat at least one meal, and usually a snack. This can be an extremely difficult task for children with feeding disorders that can exacerbate the problem even more. How many of you find yourselves packing the …


Valuing Others – Reflections on an Incident in a Kindergarten Classroom

When we hear about things on the news, read them in the paper, or listen to the latest gossip from friends or colleagues, there is a tendency to jump to conclusions and make assumptions about the people involved. I try to keep in mind that there are always two sides (at least) to every story. …


So You Are Going to a New School

By: Courtney Wiersum, M.Ed. The sun is continuing to shine, and the warmer air is upon us here in Michigan. For many families, the school year is quickly coming to a close; which means that summer will arrive before we know it. Transitioning to a summer routine can be challenging for many students; but for …


Springtime in Schools: Preparing for Individualized Education Plans

By: Courtney Wiersum The ice is beginning to melt, and springtime is just around the corner. For those of us who either work in schools or have a child in school, this usually means the beginning of the busy season we know as spring IEP time. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this …



On the days that I work in the schools my current workspace is in the sensory room of the elementary school that I spend most of my time in. This works out well because almost all of the children on my caseload make their way into this room at some point during the day which …


Autism and Education

When do we get away from recycling the same information and presenting it as new? I recently read an article in a prominent educator’s magazine that was talking about autism and mainstreaming. The point of the article was that early intervention and inclusion are the answer for children with autism. The article made it sound …

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