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Category: Outcomes

August 22, 2017
Building A S.M.A.R.T.E.R. Future for Students with Disabilities

Building A S.M.A.R.T.E.R. Future for Students with Disabilities. Building a name and reputation as a caring and compassionate educator occurs spontaneously when you are truly client centered. This involves so much more than developing IEP goals or providing therapy services to students. It means, providing the therapy or instruction, ongoing analysis of student’s needs, counseling […]

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July 23, 2017
Momentum for the Back-to-School Challenge

Momentum: READY... SET... GO! Momentum for a continuously positive school year! Even if you did not have access to a calendar, you can tell that the school year is fast approaching by watching social media discussions. The topics have a hint of excitement and show eagerness to get rooms, lesson plans, and theme ideas underway! […]

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November 7, 2016
"More Therapy" versus "Relationship of Delivery to Outcome"

More Therapy versus Relationship of Delivery to Outcome The outcome of therapy relies on more than the amount of therapy minutes provided. “More therapy” versus “relationship of delivery to outcome” has been a popular topic on social media professional discussion groups. Regrettably, this is a dilemma that comes up often in school based practices. During IEP […]

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May 1, 2016
4 Ways Educators Can Keep the Pace Through May

Four Ways that Educators Can Keep the Pace Through May Educators know how hard it can be to keep up the momentum and remain focused throughout the school year. So many barriers distract educators into a negative downward spiral during the last quarter of the school year. Last minute referrals, endless meetings, paperwork, depleted funds […]

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March 29, 2016
SMARTER Steps®: Sculpting Special Needs Students Through The IEP

Sculpting Special Needs Students When Designing the IEP We can sculpt our students by designing an IEP with the end result as our vision. How does an artist develop a sculpture? The three dimensional figures can be constructed by adding material (modelling), removing material (carving) or intermediate techniques such as molding, casting or stamping. While […]

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July 22, 2015
SMARTER Steps™ Perspective 2015: 40 Years of The Least Restrictive Environment

40 Years of The Least Restrictive Environment: Where Are We Now? The 2015-2016 school year will mark the 40th anniversary of the "Least Restrictive Environment" (LRE). One of the original guiding principles in the education of students with disabilities was Wolfensberger’s (1972) concept of normalization (Fisher, Frey, & Thousand, 2003). The normalization movement was sparked […]

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