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The Vital Role of Paraprofessionals in Assisting Special Needs Students at Alpha School

Paraprofessionals are the unsung heroes when it comes to special education. At Alpha School, these dedicated individuals play a pivotal role in supporting our students with special needs. Their contribution is invaluable in assisting students with their day-to-day activities, ensuring they receive a comprehensive educational experience tailored to their unique needs. This article sheds light […]

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Overcoming Challenges in Delivering Effective Therapies in Special Needs Schools

Special education and therapy are crucial for the holistic development of children with unique learning needs. However, delivering effective therapies within the confines of a school setting can present its set of challenges. While schools like Alpha School have long been at the forefront of addressing and mitigating these challenges, it’s essential to acknowledge the […]

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Collaborative Efforts: How Teachers and Therapists Work Together for Student Success at Alpha School

Regarding special education, collaboration is not just a buzzword; it’s a critical element in the formula for student success. At Alpha School, we embody this collaborative spirit in every classroom and therapy session. Our teachers and therapists don’t just work in the same building; they work in unison, ensuring that every student receives a well-rounded, […]

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Building Social Skills in Students with Special Needs

Fostering social skills in students with special needs is essential to their overall development. At Alpha School, we recognize the unique challenges faced by these students and are committed to providing a nurturing environment that enables them to thrive socially. Here we explore the significance of social skill development for students with special needs and […]

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The Role of Therapies in Special Education: Speech, Occupational, and Physical Therapy

Inclusive education is at the heart of Alpha School’s mission, and we are committed to providing a holistic learning experience for all our students. We incorporate various therapies that play a vital role in supporting our student’s development and progress. Here we discuss the significance of speech, occupational, and physical therapies in special education and […]

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The Importance and Benefits of Stimming for Children on The Autism Spectrum

Stimming, by definition, is the repetition of physical movements or articulated noises, such as tapping one’s foot or humming. Stereotypically, it is more commonly associated with people on the autism spectrum, although stimming can be a common behavior for people who are neurotypical as well. Stimming is often performed to self-soothe and, therefore, should not […]

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The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Your Student

With so many resources regarding special education available, it’s helpful to know where many of them are rooted. That’s the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which was most recently updated in 2015. Can IDEA Help Me Access Special Education?  The purpose of IDEA is to ensure education for students with special needs as well as […]

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Honorable Mentions in the ASAH Art Contest-Alpha School Students

Alpha School’s Art Department has great news!  Five of our students received Honorable Mentions in the ASAH Art Contest “Creating a Better World”.  Over 400 pieces of art were submitted by member schools from all over New Jersey, so these students should be very proud.Congratulations to Matthew, Zachary, Christopher, Justin & Brendan. Share0 Share +10 […]

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What Does It Mean to Be Neurodivergent?

Neurodivergent is an umbrella term coined by sociologist Judy Singer in 1998 to describe how a person’s brain functions or processes information differently compared to someone who is “neurotypical.” Although the term was originally used to describe individuals on the autism spectrum, the definition has broadened over the years to include individuals with ADHD, dyslexia, […]

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