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First Financial Foundation–Recognizes Alpha School of Ocean County

Alpha School’s Sara Stockton’s Class Awarded Erma Dorrer GrantThe First Financial Foundation has offered current Monmouth and Ocean County educators seven classroom grants to use at their schools for the 2019-2020 school year. One of the recipients is Alpha School special education teacher, Sara Stockton, who was awarded a $500 Erma Dorrer classroom grant. Ms. […]

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Benefits of Gardening in Special Needs Population

With spring almost here, it’s a good time to think about the health benefits of being in nature. For special needs children there are many particular benefits to gardening and working with plants. Horticultural therapy is defined as gardening or any plant-based activity, facilitated by a trained therapist, to achieve specific therapeutic treatment goals. According […]

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Alpha School of New Jersey – Building a Positive School Climate for All

In October of 2019, Pat O’Keefe, a speaker from the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association (NJPSA) presented a staff workshop titled “Building a Positive School Climate.” Creating a positive school climate can have a positive impact on attendance for students and staff. It can also improve academic success, communication styles, and safety levels for […]

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OCD Challenges in the Special Needs Population

Obsessive-Compulsive disorder (OCD) is a common and treatable brain disorder whereby unwanted thoughts cause significant anxiety or distress, or interfere with the child’s normal routine, academic functioning, social activities, or relationships. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, when a child has OCD, a difference in the way his or her brain processes […]

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Anxiety During a National Emergency

As the news about COVID-19 gets more alarming every day, it is understandable that everyone is feeling anxious right now. With schools closed, special needs children are missing their normal routines and caregivers are faced with the overwhelming task of helping children make sense of what is happening. Our children are looking to us for […]

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Indoor and Outdoor Activities to keep your child occupied

Every parent is struggling right now to manage work or unemployment with everyone at home together, but parents of special needs kids have a particularly difficult job. Family routines have been disrupted, social outlets have been removed, and professional supports have been decreased or eliminated.  Create a flexible routine​Routines can create structure and give your […]

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