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IEP meetings can be a source of stress for educators and families—but with advance planning, appropriate followup, and sensitivity to everyone’s needs, these critical meetings can be smooth and productive. Adapted from The Educator’s Handbook for Inclusive School Practices, by Julie Causton &...
High-frequency words—words that occur often in text—are important for your students to learn to read quickly and accurately. But as authors Susan Smartt and Deborah Glaser note, “simply using flashcards and drills alone to teach high-frequency words will not create the automatic accurate retrieval...
Stress, pressure, and emotional dysregulation can interfere with your students’ ability to focus and learn. Help support students by establishing a safe, calming classroom environment, using simple social-emotional learning strategies like the ones in today’s blog post. Adapted from The...
Even the youngest learners can be emerging engineers! That’s the premise of the book Engaging Young Engineers, a popular guide that shows early educators how to use fun STEM activities to help children develop the important thinking skills they’ll need to succeed in kindergarten and beyond. Here...
How can parents and professionals meet the needs of siblings of children with support needs—and ensure that their unique challenges, emotions, and concerns are addressed? One of the best ways to support siblings is to connect them with their peers, and that’s where Sibshops come in. Today we’ll...
The research is clear: to be successful readers, students need structured literacy instruction that’s grounded in science and focuses on explicit teaching of key concepts, from oral language and listening skills and phonics to fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. But many teachers don’t get the...
In a world where more and more students are experiencing the aftereffects of trauma, building trauma-sensitive schools has never been more important. Busy teachers need clear, practical, and actionable advice on how to teach in trauma-sensitive ways—and trauma expert Jen Alexander has some great...
Help lay a foundation for young children’s communication and language skills with the activities and suggestions in today’s post! Adapted from six of our resources on early intervention and development (see the end for credits), this is a great collection of tips for professionals to use and share...
At Brookes, we have the honor of working with some of today’s most trusted and creative minds in inclusive education—Paula Kluth, Julie Causton, Jenna Rufo, Nicole Eredics, and so many more! Today we’re highlighting 10 great, insightful quotes from our authors on establishing authentically...
As we get ready to say goodbye to 2023, the Brookes blog is taking a brief winter break. In the meantime, we’re creating more practical content to share with you in the new year—excerpts from our new titles, tip sheets and graphics, book recommendations, and more! If there’s anything you’d love to...
Siblings of children who have health, developmental, and mental health concerns play important roles in the lives of their brothers and sisters. But sometimes, the unique challenges, emotions, and needs of siblings can be unintentionally overlooked. In today’s post, adapted from the new edition of...
Prepare for the long winter months ahead with some fun new activities to try with the young children in your life. Adapted from some classic and bestselling Brookes books, these activities engage young children’s senses and help boost key areas of development at the same time. They’re perfect for...
*Today’s post has been excerpted and adapted from The Art and Practice of Home Visiting by Ruth Cook & Shirley Sparks It’s not unusual for home visitors to visit homes in which the parenting role is being fulfilled by grandparents. Nationwide, 2.7 million grandparents are raising grandchildren,...
Today we’re excited to introduce Unstuck and On Target! Ages 11‒15: the new middle school version of a highly effective approach to executive function intervention. Read on to discover how this evidence-based curriculum can benefit your students as they tackle the complex world of middle school!...
In 2009, a groundbreaking book called Universal Design for Transition showed educators across the country how to apply the principles of universal design for learning (UDL) to the transition to adulthood for students with disabilities. Now two of the authors behind that book—plus an array of...
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who celebrates, from all of us at Brookes! We’re grateful for all the parents, professionals, and self-advocates who work hard all year round to ensure that every child can reach their full potential. If you’re coming together with family and friends this week to...
Does your school or program provide a high-quality education for students on the autism spectrum? Are there effective supports in place for learning, development, and participation? You can uncover the answers you need with the new Autism Program Environment Rating Scale, developed by experts...
Early childhood educators need to master the art of making sound decisions for the children and families they serve. The first essential step toward making those decisions? Conducting observations to gather reliable information on the child during their daily interactions with others. Excerpted and...
What are some schoolwide changes that can help boost language development and literacy in multilingual learners, especially those who are having academic difficulties? Today’s post outlines 9 key ideas, adapted from Special Education Considerations for Multilingual Learners by Else Hamayan, Barbara...
How can you help the families you work with organize and manage their home lives effectively? Excerpted and adapted from the book Helping Your Family Thrive, today’s post offers three strategies for organizing and managing time that can improve the quality of family interactions and reduce stress...
Coaching between allied educators—across Grades PreK-12—is a highly effective professional learning strategy and a great way to strengthen outcomes for all students. In an earlier blog post, we outlined four essential steps to implementing a coaching framework (excerpted and adapted from the book...
Comprehension is key to your students’ reading success—if they can’t make meaning from the stories and texts they read, they’ll have difficulty with reading both inside and outside the classroom. One way teachers can help? Using questioning to build comprehension can help students think about what...
How can teachers and caregivers help young children with delays or disabilities learn key developmental skills? In the book An Activity-Based Approach to Early Intervention, JoAnn Johnson, Naomi L. Rahn, and Diane Bricker describe how activity-based intervention (ABI) can help. The foundation of...
When the family of a young child receives a referral to an early intervention program, they may experience a wide range of emotions: fear, uncertainty, relief, anxiety, or a little bit of everything. And they’re sure to have questions about what comes next and what the family’s early intervention...
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