Social Emotional Learning, Part 3: Tools for Regulation and Resiliency

A Brief Overview Behavior is a form of communication. So-called “bad” behavior might mean that a child doesn’t know how to cope with an overwhelming, confusing situation. Research shows that children who are taught self-regulation learn better at school. This article describes a few practical tools and techniques to help children manage their emotions and Read More

Social Emotional Learning, Part 2: Trauma-Informed Instruction

A Brief Overview Washington State has made trauma-informed instruction a priority. The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has a new online training program to equip school staff with Social Emotional Learning (SEL) techniques and tools. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) make children much more likely to struggle with troubling behaviors and school suspensions. Understanding Read More

Social Emotional Learning, Part 1: The Importance of Compassionate Schools

A Brief Overview: OSPI has introduced a five-segment training program for school staff focused on Social-Emotional Learning. This program is designed to help school staff understand their roles in promoting students’ self-awareness, self-management, social-awareness, relationships, and responsible decision-making. This program encourages staff to use trouble moments as opportunities to understand unmet needs – meeting these moments Read More

Webinars offer Parent Training to Support Behavior during Continuous Learning

While school facilities are closed because of COVID-19, families impacted by disability face complex challenges. For some, children’s difficult behaviors are a regular concern. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), stress and anxiety in children and youth may show up through unexpected or maladaptive behaviors. Those behaviors might get worse because Read More

IEP on Pause? How to Support Continuous Learning with School Buildings Closed

A Brief Overview This article provides some basic ideas for families to consider while students are doing school in a whole new way during the COVID-19 shutdown. As always, programming for students who qualify for special education services is uniquely designed to address a student’s strengths and needs. Special education law maintains a student’s right Read More