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6 Ways to Teach SEL Skills Remotely

This year, schools may be offering social-emotional skills training to students with disabilities, such as autism, in separate virtual groups. However, if staff are spread thin, or students need additional opportunities to generalize skills, it may be useful to find ways to integrate social-emotional learning into other virtual encounters during the day. This will help to ensure students who have social-emotional goals in their IEPs can work on their skills. Read more ›

Everything You Need to Know About Setting Up A School Sensory Path

Sitting still is a challenge for lots of kids (and adults!). Schools and teachers are starting to realize that children are actually more focused on learning when they’re given a chance to wriggle, fidget, and move around. That’s why classroom yoga breaks, flexible seating, and fidget gadgets have become popular. A sensory path is another cool option for helping kids re-focus their energy throughout the day. Find out how they work and what you need to know to create your own. Read more ›

Setting up Distance Learning for Behavioral Success

Distance learning is hard, even for kids without emotional or behavioral challenges. Not to mention the strain on parents working remotely while trying to support their child’s at-home education. We sat down with behavioral expert Jody Miller, MEd, BCBA, to hear her best strategies for promoting and positively reinforcing good behavior, as well as what steps to take when your child is struggling. Read more ›

Accommodations and Modifications Requests in the Age of COVID

A lot of students are struggling with school this year, says Jackie Wernz, a school attorney at Franczek PC in Chicago.

“Not because they necessarily have a disability, but because this whole system isn’t what we signed up for,” she explains. Read more ›

Distance Learning Not Working? Here Are Strategies to Try.

Families across the country are grappling with how to respond when in-person learning doesn’t translate smoothly into virtual learning. With over 74 percent of the largest school districts in the country fully remote — representing more than 9 million children — parents either need to find a way to make schooling work or drop out of the workforce, a problem that is largely affecting women. Read more ›

Best Strategies for ADHD & Distance Learning, Part 2

Distance learning is a challenge for us all, especially those with learning and attention issues. In this Voices of Compassion podcast episode, we continue our conversation with CHC’s Chief Psychiatrist and Medical Director Dr. Glen Elliott to learn strategies to help kids with ADHD mitigate distractions and maximize the motivation to learn. Read more ›

Best Strategies for ADHD & Distance Learning, Part 1

Distance learning is a challenge for us all, especially those with learning and attention issues. In this Voices of Compassion podcast, CHC’s Chief Psychiatrist & Medical Director, Dr. Glen Elliott, discusses the ADHD brain through the lens of distance learning. Read more ›

Educators: What Steps Should You Take With Evaluation Requests During COVID?

As students return to in-person instruction, their parents may be concerned about the repercussions of the pandemic on their child’s learning. They may raise those concerns with their child’s pediatrician or other medical provider and arrive at your district with a prescription for an evaluation, specific services, or an IEP from the doctor. Read more ›

U.S. Department of Education Features Esther B. Clark Parent’s Back-to-School Testimonial

As schools across the nation are exploring options to safely open their doors to in-person instruction, the U.S. Department of Education has gathered success stories in which parents, students, teachers, school officials, and other community members share their practices, strategies and positive experiences returning students to learning.

Kendra Demler, the parent of a student at CHC’s Esther B. Clark School, contributed “That Mom of That Kid Saved by That School,” in which she relates how her son has benefited from his transition back to the structure and emotional and behavorial supports Esther B. Clark School provides. Read more ›

Is Your Teen Vaping? Why ADHD Brains Get Addicted & How to Quit

Most parents are keenly aware of the dangers of vaping. After decades of decline in teen smoking, nicotine is again finding its way to teens and young adults. Among youth, a primary appeal of e-cigarettes, like Juuls, is the fact that they can keep their smoking private. Unlike stinky cigarettes, vape devices emit nearly odorless vapor, and they’re small and easily concealed. Read more ›

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