Tips for Parents: Summer Provides Time to Reinforce Positive Behaviors at Home

A Brief Overview A tidal wave of emotional meltdowns can douse a family during summer break. Read on for tips to create a positive home environment that encourages expected behaviors. A key concept from Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is that punishment doesn’t teach children and youth what they should do instead. Adults can Read More

Ideas and Resources to Support Your Child’s Behavior at School

A Brief Overview Behavior specialists generally agree that difficult behaviors arise from unmet needs. How adults respond is critical if a child is going to learn new ways to communicate. Humans spend about 80 percent of their brain energy trying to belong. This can explain a lot when a child with a disability feels isolated Read More

Mental Health Education and Support at School can be Critical

A Brief Overview Two Washington students die from suicide each week. In a typical high-school classroom of about 30 students, chances are high that 2-3 students have attempted suicide in the past year. Read on for more detail from the 2018 statewide Healthy Youth Survey. Approximately one in five youth experience a mental illness before Read More

Response to Intervention (RTI) – Support for Struggling Students

Brief overview Students struggle in school for different reasons. RTI is an acceptable way of identifying students with learning disabilities. RTI isn’t a specific program or type of teaching. RTI works on a tier system with three levels of intervention. Full Article Students struggle in school for different reasons. Response to Intervention (RTI)  can help Read More

Child Find: Schools Have a Legal Duty to Evaluate Children Impacted by Disability

A Brief Overview School districts have an affirmative duty to locate, evaluate and potentially serve any infant, toddler or school-aged student impacted by disability under the Child Find Mandate — part of special education law. Adequate marks and “passing from grade to grade” does not erase the school’s responsibility to evaluate under Child Find. School Read More