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4 Strategies to Promote Self-Care for Teachers in the Classroom

Self-Care for Teachers During professional development trainings, I often ask teachers what they need most to feel successful in their work.  While many want higher pay and fewer tests, the greatest response is often, time.  Time can be difficult to find a fast paced classroom. Teachers Need More Time This need for additional time is even more complicated by the construct of teaching bell to bell.  The focus on high quality, expeditious, instruction with strong outcomes is not only time consuming, but it can be exhausting too.  The desire for additional time is built on the notion that little...

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The Real End Game for People on the Autism Spectrum

 By Jess Wilson A Drug to Improve Social Skills The big, bold headline in USA Today read, Experimental Drug Gives Hope For Rare Disease, Autism. The sub-heading read Doctors Hope Abaclofen Will Also Improve Socialization Skills In People With Autism. It went on to describe the success of STX209, or Arbaclofen, in early trials with a small number of patients with Fragile X. The success was most notable in improving social withdrawal in the trial group. Since, according to the article, nearly a third of the population diagnosed with Fragile X also have autism, researchers have high hopes regarding Arbaclofen’s...

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My Decision to Homeschool My Son With Autism

  By Allison Trotter I’ve been asked to write about our decision to homeschool Jackson, our middle school son with autism, a number of times.  People’s response falls into two camps: extremely skeptical or enthusiastically supportive.  There seems to be little gray area on this issue.  As a former high school teacher, I never thought twice about my ability to educate my child, so the negative response took me a bit off guard until I realized that many people are intimidated by the complexities of autism education, therefore believe it ought to be left to qualified professionals. As I...

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