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Change In Mission Allows School To Put Social Needs First

BY RACHEL EZEKIEL-FISHBEIN Children with co-morbid disabilities present challenges most schools today are unable to address, which leads to the same pattern Rowe identified in children with language-based disabilities in 1982 –bright kids who are painfully lonely, feel worthless and ultimately, become disengaged. The student was clearly gifted. Yet George Rowe’s team at Buckingham Friends School could not teach him to read. As head of school, Rowe had seen this before: brilliant students with language-based […]

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Exceptional Parent Magazine Honors Special Education Teachers

EXCEPTIONAL PARENT (EP) MAGAZINE HONORS SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHERS “AN ABILITY TO CONNECT ” Laura Wisinski LAURA WISINSKI is one of the most adaptable, fun-loving, hard-working teachers around. She teaches a Life Skills Support room for high school students at Elizabeth Lee Black School in Erie, PA. She is wonderful, kind and supportive, and makes the lessons exciting, accessible and engaging. Laura uses total technology like touch screen computers, iPads and the TAPit as tools for […]

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The Power of Camp

Nathan sits mostly. He has a history of epilepsy, “un-testable intelligence” and no movement from the waist down. He doesn’t lift his head to give eye contact or move unless commanded to do so. His vision is limited. He is incapable of speaking and is totally deaf. The world inside Nathan is a mystery. That is until camp happened. Nathan was twelve the first year he came to camp. We had no idea where to […]

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Exceptional Parent Magazine Honors Special Education Teachers

EXCEPTIONAL PARENT (EP) MAGAZINE HONORS SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHERS “AN ABILITY TO CONNECT ” Eileen Payraudeau EILEEN PAYRAUDEAU has been teaching at ECLC of NJ, Ho-Ho-Kus campus for six years. ECLC is a private, no n-profit special education school serving students ages 5-21 with severe learning and language disabilities including autism spectrum disorder, cognitive impairment, and medically fragile students. The school educates nearly 90 students from 11 counties in New Jersey. What makes Eileen so special […]