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The Importance of IEP Goals for Students with Special Needs

An IEP, or individualized education program, is a written plan describing a child’s current performance and unique instructional needs to help them achieve academic success. This individualized program consists of annual goals that help ensure the child’s needs are met and that any challenges they face are appropriately addressed. But what exactly should these goals […]

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The Importance of Teaching Executive Function Skills In The Classroom

The role of executive function in the classroom is a current topic of interest among special education teachers and professionals. More often than not, children on the autism spectrum struggle with executive function processes and may even suffer from “executive function disorder.” Special education providers should be well-versed in the role of executive function in […]

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Understanding Behavior Disorders

The pandemic has laid bare the fact that children’s mental health is a significant concern. After almost two years of an unpredictable global health crisis, many children are acting out in school and home. Some may be dealing with everyday stress, but some children may be struggling to manage a serious mental illness such as […]

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Social Skills Training at Alpha School

Building and maintaining social skills is an important part of everyday life. Being human means interacting with and developing understanding between other people. Socializing is often difficult for neurotypical people, but for those on the autism spectrum or with behavioral challenges, the social skills needed to get along with others may seem downright elusive and […]

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How to manage and prevent panic attacks

A panic attack is a sudden episode of intense fear. During a panic attack, the brain misinterprets danger, and the “fight or flight” instinct takes over. A panic attack may be caused by a specific phobia or general anxiety. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-IV), identifies the following symptoms for panic attacks: Palpitations, pounding heart, […]

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ASAH Conference–Incorporating STEM into the Special Needs Classroom

On November 19th, 2021, Diane Gray, Supervisor of Instruction at Alpha School, and Amy Brandon, Supervisor of Instruction at Harbor School, presented at this year’s 43rd annual ASAH Conference. Ms. Gray and Ms. Brandon presented a workshop on incorporating STEM into the special needs classroom.What is STEM? (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)STEM is so much […]

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Netflix Show Brings Autism Awareness

Representation of neurodiverse characters on screen matters because it shows all kids that they are an integral part of our culture and not separate from it. Everyone deserves to see affirming visions of themselves in the culture around them. Atypical (2017-2021) is one example of a show streaming on Netflix right now that attempts to […]

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Alpha School Transition Services Lunch and Learn Workshop –Blanche Stetler and Ms. Melissa Wong

PRIOR TO COVID-19On February 12, 2020 the Alpha School of Jackson, NJ was presented with a Lunch and Learn Workshop presented by both Blanche Stetler from PrimeTime Center and Melissa Wong from Skylands Family Support of New Jersey.Below are key highlights that are important for new and current parents and caregivers understanding their child’s Personal […]

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