What is SEL and why is it so important for students at Elim? Nick sits down with Elim Social Worker Noelle Hirsch to discuss why students need social-emotional learning, and how educators in the Crossroads and Bridges programs help students understand this vitally important life skill.
Why do you do what do you? It’s important for educators, parents, and advocates of individuals with disabilities to have a strong link to their why. In this special collaboration episode, Nick sits down with Special Education Lawyer, advocate, parent, and former teacher Ashley Barlow to look deeper into our motivations and driving force behind the work that we do.
Ever wonder why people may act different, perhaps even funny, out in public? Author, Special Educator, and Elim parent Sandy Sotzen wrote a book to answer that specific question! She sat down with Nick to discuss Why Do They Do That? and all that went into creating a book that is informative to both children and adults. If you’ve ever wondered “Why do they do that?” this is the episode for you!
Nick sits down with Social Worker Becky Burright to discuss the CASEL SEL framework area of Social Awareness. Topics covered include:
What is social awareness? The importance of teaching social awareness skills Unexpected behaviors and hidden rules Social awareness goals How can we teach kids to care? Differing social norms across cultures How to acclimate new students to your classroom culture When should students start learning social awareness skills?
Nick sits down with Chicago Public School Teacher/Dean/Basketball Coach Carlos Bester to discuss his approach to behavior management and restorative practices. They discuss the importance of relationships, structuring a classroom, and other topics related to helping struggling students thrive.
Nick Milano sits down with Dr. Owiny and Dr. Wright, professors of education at Trinity International University to discuss how to help students that struggle with executive functioning. We also discuss what post-secondary education looks like for students with disabilities and how it differs from the K-12 experience.
Allie interviews Macy Gilson, a speech pathologist, children’s book author, and inclusion advocate, about what truly makes a school environment inclusive. She gives us tips, recommendations, and tangible resources for creating inclusive classrooms starting at the beginning of the school year – no matter what your classroom looks like. Visit Macy’s website at https://www.macygilson.com/ for resources, inclusive book lists, and to purchase her inclusive children’s book.
Nicole Morris is a special educator, ABA therapist, aspiring BCBA, and a blogger/content creator who shares with us ALL of the basics of Applied Behavior Analysis, how to use these concepts in the classroom, and all the misconceptions surrounding ABA practices. You can continue learning from Nicole on her podcast, Adaptation Station (you can find it anywhere you listen to podcasts!) and from her blog (www.adaptationstation.net).
You DO NOT want to miss this incredible episode with world-renowned executive functioning coach Seth Perler! Seth shares his wisdom and insider tips on how to help kids who struggle with executive functioning- those kids who can’t seem to focus, get themselves organized, or follow through on tasks. If you’re the teacher or parent of a child like this, you’ll gain a whole new understanding of how you can help.
In this episode, we are joined by Becky Kopera-O’Connor to explore Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). Becky shares from her experience as a Speech-Language Pathologist and provides valuable insights for helping AAC users, teachers, and parents experience success with AAC.
World-renowned autism expert Sasha Long, also known as “The Autism Helper,” joins us for a follow-up conversation to her recent presentation entitled “Can’t Do or Won’t Do? Solving Classroom Challenges Using Positive Reinforcement & Executive Functioning Skill Building.” You don’t want to miss this incredible episode as Sasha tackles some of our most challenging questions!
How do we go beyond differentiating at the lesson level and design learning that works for all students?
Listen in as we discuss this important topic with Lynn van Stee, Director of Educational Support at Timothy Christian Schools, and Jenn Cary, Director of Student Services as Crown Point Christian School.
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