As you settle into a new school year, you might be wondering whether you have enough support services, learning materials, and resources for your students with varying needs. As a former special education teacher, I understand the challenges educators face—especially at this time of year.
For most of us around the country, the weather is still warm, the sun is shining, and students are having a hard time adjusting to the routine of being in school again. I have always found that special education teachers go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure the students (and their families) they work with feel comfortable in the class and with the content that is being taught.
In fact, I suspect that many students with varying needs might be having an especially difficult time right now adhering to a routine and having structure considering the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Ensuring that students stay focused during class and teaching them information, that is not only valuable and practical to their everyday lives but interesting as well, was always one of my top priorities. Adolescents and young adults with varying needs are missing out on critical social skills and life skills which can impact their ability to function and relate to others. I know it can be extremely hard to find subject material that explains issues like dating, personal boundaries, hygiene, relationships, how to navigate bullying, and household chores to students with varying needs in a manner that they truly understand.
That is why I am so passionate about our Healthy Relationships Curriculum. It is a unique and highly adaptable program with lessons that teach critical life and social skills activities. Additionally, it was designed by special education teachers and counselors FOR special education teachers and counselors. As an educator, our program provides you with over 120 videos, role-play demonstrations, an online portal, a comprehensive manual with ready-to-use lesson plans, visual elements, outcome tools, and materials for your students’ families to encourage their participation in the educational process. If you are looking at the months ahead and wondering whether you are fully prepared with enough support and resources, look no further than our program. I hope that you will reach out to us to learn more.