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Blog, Resource Center, therapeutic education

What makes a therapeutic school “therapeutic?”

By Sage Day Director of Operations, Christopher Leonard, MSW, LCSW, M.Ed. Six components of an appropriate therapeutic school placement: 1. Academic Range and Depth An appropriate therapeutic school placement is, first and foremost, a school. It provides a solid variety of learning experiences within a differentiated learning environment that can meet the needs of students […]

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Blog, Resource Center, therapeutic education

Tips for an Effective IEP Meeting

Individualized Education Program meetings can be uncomfortable, especially the first one, for both the parents and the educational professionals involved. However, this uncomfortable feeling can be avoided by following the best practices for optimizing these meetings. The following tips can help both parents and educational professionals be better prepared for these meetings and reach their […]

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Blog, Resource Center, Student Reporting, therapeutic education

How the Naples Act Gave Students with Special Needs More Choice

The Naples Act, N.J.S.A. 18A: 46-14, allows special education students to be placed in an accredited, private school that is not specifically approved for the education of disabled students as long as the school meets certain regulatory requirements. What this law refers to is the ability to place the student in the “most appropriate placement”, […]

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Resource Center, teen anxiety, therapeutic education

Looking for the Needs Beneath the Behavior

Emotional outbursts and inappropriate behavior that aims to derail time in the classroom always comes from a deeper place than just “attention seeking” as some teachers may write it off as. Conflicts that arise in these situations usually have little to no connection to the real issues lingering beneath the surface. For the person who […]