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2021 ASAH Conference–Incorporating STEM into the Special Needs Classroom

On November 19th, 2021, Diane Gray, Supervisor of Instruction at Alpha School in Jackson, New Jersey, and Amy Brandon, Supervisor of Instruction at Harbor School located in Eatontown, New Jersey, presented at this year’s 43rd annual ASAH Conference. Ms. Gray and Ms. Brandon presented a workshop on incorporating STEM into the special needs classroom. What is […]

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The 7 Essential Life Skills for Those with Autism

The importance of Life SkillsLife skills are essential for everyone, but helping children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) learn these skills is especially crucial as it can help prepare them for the day-to-day challenges of participating in their community and workplace, and feeling independent at home. Life skills also serve the important function of preparing […]

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Benefits of Music Therapy for Special Needs Children

Music therapy is a well-established, evidence-based professional health discipline that uses music to achieve non-musical, therapeutic treatment goals. Formal music therapy was first used in 1945 to help military service members in Army hospitals with occupational therapy, education, recreation, and physical reconditioning.1 Recognized as a related service for children with special needs, music therapy may […]

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Books about Characters with Physical Disabilities

As authors and publishers are starting to recognize the importance of representation, more children’s books now feature characters with disabilities, providing role models who represent their struggles and triumphs. The books in this list include representation of a variety of disabilities, showing all children that a disability is only a part of a person’s story, […]

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Challenging Behavior: Why Does It Happen?

Children with autism and other special needs frequently engage in challenging behaviors, such as aggression, self-injurious behavior (SIB), and property destruction. These behaviors can range from skin-picking and slapping to head-banging, self-biting, punching, and kicking. Challenging behaviors negatively affect the whole family, and parents are struggling to properly care for loved ones who engage in […]

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