Cara Nissman

4 strategies for promoting positive student behavior

Students with special needs may have a harder time transitioning back to school buildings compared to their peers. Here's what BCBAs can do to support students and staff.

5 issues to review with parents seeking in-home services

A parent request that educators come to their home to support their child with a disability should trigger conversation around several key points, including FAPE and logistical issues.

Providing access to SEL for students with disabilities

In implementing an SEL program, a special education representative should have a seat at the table to ensure students with disabilities are included, both in remote and in-person situations.

Restraint and seclusion during a pandemic

A school attorney offers advice on following behavior intervention plan protocols when a special education student needs to be restrained or secluded for their own safety or for the safety of others.

Mental health: To screen or not to screen?

Here are 3 options for uncovering new student mental health needs—conducting universal screening, acting on referrals or looking for trends.

Social distancing, wearing masks: Help students with autism follow rules

Many students with ASD are known as keen rule followers, but they may need extra support in following rules associated with safety that are in place because of COVID. Here are eight ideas to try.

5 steps for teaching students with autism through VR

Here's why this school year is a good time to start using virtual reality to help educate students on the autism spectrum, and how schools can get started.

Prevent inappropriate ADHD referrals for students of color

Learn four actions to take to avoid having Black students unnecessarily being labeled with ADHD or another disability when they return to school.

Student safety coaches an alternative to school resource officers

With the SRO model getting a lot of criticism, school district officials may want to consider hiring safety coaches, while maintaining a partnership with law enforcement.

5 factors to consider when parents request grade retention for their child

Conversation topics educators can have with parents in making individualized decisions about a request to retain include pre-pandemic skill levels, remote instruction progress and alternatives to retention.

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