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SPED Snapshot 

2017-18  

DATE  WHO  WHAT 


9/15/17  JB  Did you know… 
In ECCS, a puzzle or puzzle piece icon is used to identify the 
Special Education department and/or services. 

9/22/17  JB  Did you know... 


ECCS provided specialized services for over ​1,200​ students in 
the 2016-17 school year. 
BIP is an acronym for “behavior intervention plan” 

9/29/17  JB  Did you know… 


Anxiety can be indicated by a noticeable increase or change in 
behavior. Examples include pacing, finger drumming, wringing of 
hands, or staring.  

10/6  JB  Did you know... 


Personal Space can be defined as an area surrounding the body 
that is considered an extension of self. 

10/13  JB  Did you know... 


Be An Emphatic Listener! Be non-judgmental, give undivided 
attention, listen carefully for not just facts but feelings, 
allow silence for reflection, use restatement to clarify the 
message 
10/20    Did you know... 
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10/27  JB  Did you know... 


There are three subtypes of ADHD. 
● ADHD, Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive 
Presentation:​ Kids who have this type of ADHD have 
symptoms of hyperactivity and feel the need to move 
constantly. They also struggle with impulse control. 
● ADHD, Predominantly Inattentive Presentation:​ Kids 
who have this type of ADHD have difficulty paying 
don’t​ attention. They’re easily distracted but ​ have 
issues with impulsivity or hyperactivity. This is sometimes 
referred to as attention-deficit disorder (or ADD). 
● ADHD, Combined Presentation:​ This is the most common 
type of ADHD. Kids who have it show all of the symptoms 
described above. 
 

11/3  JB  Did you know... 


● Dyscalculia​ – a mathematical disability in which a person 
has a difficult time solving arithmetic problems and 
grasping math concepts. 
 

11/10  JB  Did you know… 


The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law 
ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the 
nation. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide 
early intervention, special education and related services to 
more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children and 
youth with disabilities. 
 

11/17  JB  Did you know... 


Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a range of 
conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, 
repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as 
well as by unique strengths and differences. We now know that 
there is not one autism but many types. 

11/24  JB  Did you know... 


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12/1  JB  Did you know… 


Down Syndrome is a chromosomal abnormality and the most 
common genetic condition. It occurs in approximately one in 
every seven hundred to one thousand live births.  
 
 

12/8  JB  Did you know… 


Executive Functioning is a set of skills that include 
self-understanding, organizational skills, time management 
ability, emotion control, behavior control, flexibility, initiative, 
attention, working memory, and persistence. 

12/21  JB  Did you know… 

Memory 

Three types of memory are important to learning. Working 


memory, short-term memory and long-term memory are used in 
the processing of both verbal and non-verbal information. If 
there are deficits in any or all of these types of memory, the 
ability to store and retrieve information required to carry 
out tasks can be impaired 
1/5/18  jb  Did you know… 

When a student is demonstrating a concerning behavior, 


identify the antecedent to help understand what may have 
caused the behavior. 

Did you know… 


1/12    Due process meeting require 4 team members? 

  Parent(s), IEP Manager, General Education Teacher, & 


District Representative. Student attendance is optional 
until 9th grade. 

1/26  JB  Did you Know… 

Self-stimulatory behavior, also known as ​stimming​ and 


self-stimulation, is the repetition of physical movements, 
sounds, or repetitive movement of objects common in 
individuals with developmental disabilities, but most  
prevalent in people with autism spectrum disorders.

Did you know… 


2/2  jb  Students receiving special education services must have 
a re-evaluation completed every 3 years to determine 
continued eligibility. 

2/9  jb  Did You Know… 

The STAR program (Steps Toward Adult Responsibility) in ECCS


is a post high school special education transition program. The
program focuses on transition services including post-secondary
education/training, employment, and independent living.

2/16/18  JB  Did You KNow.. 

Extended School Year (ESY) are individualized services for


eligible students as indicated on his/her IEP. These services are
provided for students to MAINTAIN skills so that progress made
toward his/her goals during the school year are not lost.

3/2/18  JB  Did you know… ​Working memory refers to how we


hold on to and work with information stored in short-term
memory.

3/9/18  JB  Did You Know…

The typical amount of chromosomes in a human


cell is 23 pairs. Half of these chromosomes
come from each parent. When an individual has
a full or partial extra copy of chromosome 21,
Down syndrome occurs, altering the
development of the fetus. 

3/16/18  JB  Use this language when referring to Down syndrome


and people who have Down syndrome:
● People with Down syndrome should always be
referred to as people first.
● Instead of “a Down syndrome child,” it should be “a
child with Down syndrome.” Also avoid “Down’s child”
and describing the condition as “Down’s,” as in, “He
has Down’s.”
● Down syndrome is a condition or a syndrome, not a
disease.
● People “have” Down syndrome, they do not “suffer
from” it and are not “afflicted by” it.
● “Typically developing” or “typical” is preferred over
“normal.”
● “Intellectual disability” or “cognitive disability” has
replaced “mental retardation” as the appropriate term.
● NDSS strongly condemns the use of the word
“retarded” in any derogatory context. Using this word
is hurtful and suggests that people with disabilities are
not competent.

Did you know… 


4/6/18  jb  Students with a Learning Disability typically have an 
average or above average IQ. Learning disabilities are 
often indicated by a gap in actual achievement and 
potential.  

4/13/18  jb  Did you know..

74% of special education funding for our district comes


from state sources. 2% comes from federal sources.

4/20/18  jb  Did you know…

Planning for the future is part of any student’s education. 


For students with disabilities, this includes transition services. 
Transition services help a student move from school to adult 
life. The services depend on the student’s needs and interests. 
They help students with everything from work to school to 
fun. A student can get help to go to college or other school 
after high school. Transition services also help students get 
jobs, find a place to live, and be a part of the community. 

4/27/18  jb  Did you know…10-20% of children and


adolescents suffer from a mental health issue.
Anxiety disorders are becoming one of the most
common reported illnesses.