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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 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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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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Building Autism Acceptance Equals building the Confidence of Students with Special Needs

According to the CDC, autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability in the world. While it has become more of a part of our society, as of 2019, a vast majority of adults with autism are unemployed or underemployed. How do we change that? Building autism acceptance. It is All About Building Autism Acceptance Year Round The […]

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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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