Posts Tagged ‘school’

Balancing and Prioritizing Academic and Behavioral Goals in an Inclusive Classroom Setting

Before academics can be made a priority, a child’s behaviors must be addressed to set them up to be successful in an inclusive, general education setting. In an inclusive classroom setting, there are many behavioral demands placed upon a student. Target behaviors must be prioritized in order for...

Managing Back-to-School Jitters: Tips to Help Children With Special Needs Ensure a Smooth Transition

Remember how it felt as a child before your first day of school? Perhaps you experienced butterflies in your stomach or loss of sleep the night before. You were excited to see your friends, but also nervous about what the new school year would bring. That is exactly how I am feeling about sending...

Your Child’s Right to an Appropriate Transition Plan

One of the main objectives of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is to ensure that children receive an appropriate education that prepares them for further education, employment, and independent living.1 Accordingly, school districts must develop Transition Plans that are...

Uniquely Human Podcast #9 – Honoring the Culture of Autism with Michael John Carley

Episode 9 - Honoring the Culture of Autism with Michael John Carley [su_button url="https://uniquelyhuman.com/2021/01/22/michael-john-carley/" style="flat" background="#1f2656" color="#ffffff" size="4" radius="0" icon="icon: music"]Listen to the Podcast![/su_button] [su_spacer...

Ethical Implementation of ABA Programming in Schools: A Guide for Professionals and Parents

For over fifty years, research has demonstrated the efficacy of applied behavioral methods in reducing inappropriate behavior and in increasing communication and appropriate behavior. According to the Association for Science in Autism Treatments (ASAT), ABA is the only scientifically validated...

Basic Guidelines for Choosing an Advocate for Your Child

Working with your school district to ensure your child is receiving an appropriate education can be challenging. Often parents feel they are not equal members of their children’s educational team, and that decisions are not always made with their child’s unique needs in mind. Add the...

AHRC NYC-Pace University Partnership Boosts Middle High School Students’ Confidence, While Parents See a Future

As the pandemic continues to wreak havoc with everyday life, it has provided an opportunity for parents of students with autism to get a glimpse of their children’s future. Twenty-one AHRC New York City Middle/High School (MHS) students are working virtually with undergraduate students from Pace...

Reverse Inclusion and the Use of Peer Buddies to Teach Social Skills in a Public School Setting

It can be challenging to meet the needs of every student within the public school setting. For many students with autism, their academic needs are best met in a self-contained, special education classroom that utilizes the principles of applied behavior analysis. However, this can be limiting in...

Identifying and Navigating Behavioral Strategies in IEPs: How Can These Translate to Home?

An Individualized Education Plan (IEP) can be an overwhelming document for families, especially deciphering which interventions are appropriate to use by parents in the home or community setting. An IEP is created by a multidisciplinary team, including parents and the educational team, that...

The World is Our Classroom: Using Community-Based Instruction to Advance Socially Significant Behavior in Students with Disabilities

Community-based instruction is sustained and repeated instruction that takes place in the community rather than in the school building (Baker & Freeman, 2014). It is a research-based practice that provides “real-life” opportunities to teach functional life skills as well as aspects of the...