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Summer Guidance for Students

Children with special needs or other learning disabilities usually need extra help in the classroom, but they oftentimes need help outside the classroom in social situations and other interactions with people.

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Teaneck’s Extended School Year is a six-week summer program that is offered to the special education students in New Jersey school districts. The programs focus on behaviors like nonverbal communication, problem solving and appropriate social behavior.

With students ranging in differences from all over the autism spectrum, there are many different needs and behaviors that have to be addressed. One thing in common is that all of these students need help in socializing with one another. With the help of this program, six different social skills modules will be covered.

Because social skills are such an integral part of education for autistic students, the summer program is also used to help them keep up with these behaviors through the summer months. Some students may have trouble communicating with others while some may have a harder time socializing.

A main focus is on nonverbal communication, which can alter relationships with teachers and students in the classroom if misunderstood. Combined with help from the West Bergen Mental Health Center, parents are also offered classes and guidance in supporting their children.

By combining education and health, the friendly and knowledgeable staff hopes to offer helpful and effective help to help children with special needs lead more efficient lives. Keeping up in the summer months is a crucial step in bettering social and behavioral interactions during the school year.

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Kids Just Like You – Special Needs Episode

It is always a comforting feeling when you come across someone that is just like you. With the amount of children that have special needs, it is refresging to see television and the media incorporating them into popular television series. Arthur is a popular children’s television show that airs on PBS and has been around for a long time. The show revolves around the daily life of Arthur the aardvark, as well as his friends and family. There are many common situations and conflicts that appear in the show that students can directly relate to. The show is great because it also deals with social and health-related issues that affect young children.

The series has just released an episode that can be viewed online, featuring a character with Asperger’s syndrome. The episode involves the character of George, who has dyslexia, and Carl, a new friend who has Asperger’s. George does not know how to handle Carl’s hyperfocus on topics like trains, his trouble with understanding figures of speech and other unusual social habits that he has. When it is explained to him that Carl has this disorder, George opens up and finds ways to make friends with Carl.

This show is great because it lets children be aware of the differences in every child. It is a way for them to see that these differences are what make everyone unique. By incorporating children with special needs into the show, it brings more attention to that group of individuals. It also prepares children for interacting and socializing with these students in real life.

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