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April 26, 2017
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Students learn skills by tending to plants
Students learn skills by tending to plants
A weekly horticultural therapy class is helping some students with special needs at a Tennessee school work on skills such as following directions and communicating. Students plant seeds, transplant their sprouts and care for plants in the greenhouse at the University of Tennessee Gardens.
WATE-TV (Knoxville, Tenn.) (4/24) 
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Wellness centers seek to address depression, anxiety
Students in a California school district dealing with depression, anxiety or thoughts of suicide can access help through on-campus wellness centers. Don Austin, superintendent of Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District, says the centers aim to create a safe, predictable space for students.
District Administration magazine online (4/26) 
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Educational Leadership
How teachers can reduce frustration, burnout
It is natural for teachers to feel frustration from time to time, suggests educator Alex Shevrin. In this commentary, Shevrin writes that teachers can reduce burnout and improve their responses to students by taking time to understand their own emotions and take responsibility for them. (4/24) 
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Technology Trends
How telepractice can support speech therapy
How telepractice can support speech therapy
Telepractice has become an important part of a Washington state school district's speech-language therapy program, writes Peggy Jadack, director of pupil services for the district. In this blog post, she offers several tips for launching telepractice programs.
SmartBrief/Education (4/25) 
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Policy News
Students with disabilities too often arrested
Students with disabilities are disproportionately arrested at school and too few school resource officers have specialized training for working in schools, writes Miranda Johnson, associate director of the Education Law and Policy Institute at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. "If school districts are going to continue to station police officers in schools, they should heed federal guidance to adopt written policies that clearly limit officers' roles to safety and security, not routine school discipline."
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (4/25) 
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Eye on Exceptionalities
Review examines horseback-riding therapies
Horseback-riding therapies can benefit individuals with disabilities, according to a review of 16 studies on hippotherapy or adaptive riding programs. Participants showed small improvements in posture, gait and motor function.
Disability Scoop (4/25) 
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