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Blog, coping, school avoidance, School Refusal, teen anxiety, teen depression, therapeutic education

Home Instruction Is Not the Answer for Students with Mental Health Issues

Home instruction can do more harm than good when it comes to students struggling with mental health issues. It may hide or reinforce the issues, fail to meet the needs of the student, and can actually be the most restrictive environment for the student. Home Instruction is Not the Answer For: School refusal or avoidance […]

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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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Blog, school avoidance, School Refusal, teen anxiety, teen depression, therapeutic education

When Home Instruction Is and Isn’t Appropriate

So many parents face a choice when a traditional school is failing their child. When teachers can’t seem to break through when your child makes an effort to apply themselves, parents have to make a decision so their child is not lost in the mix and earning disappointing grades over and over again. This sense […]

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Blog, school avoidance, School Refusal, therapeutic education

Becoming a Trauma-Informed School Community

Many of our students have undergone traumatic experiences, and having a community of educators, clinicians, and parents who are educated on how to best respond to students’ needs is essential to Sage Day. Becoming a trauma-informed school community empowers our educators and clinicians to help children who have experienced trauma succeed in school and in […]

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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 […]