In March, the COVID-19 pandemic dramatically changed how most children and teens learn. The shift was difficult for most families, with parents scrambling to meet their children’s academic needs while working full-time and children coping with the loss of peer interaction and uncertainty. For families with children on IEPs for emotional and behavioral challenges, the […]
Beginning in March, Education Alternatives joined thousands of IEP schools nationwide in navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. As special education professionals, we understand that while remote education can be an important safety measure, it presents unique difficulties for special education students and their families. From disruption of routine to frustrating technological issues, virtual school may cause […]
The Individualized Education Program (IEP) is the educational road map for children with disabilities that outlines the exact education, services, and supplementary aids that will be provided for your child. It is important to understand the history of IEP to better understand the IEP process. 1954 In the U.S. Supreme Court case of Brown v. […]
The Education Alternatives Coral Autism Program is a specialized program for students on the autism spectrum. We spoke to Building Director, Jennifer Napier, from EA’s Brook Park campus, about what parents who are looking for an autism spectrum disorder schoolcan expect when transitioning their child to EA. 1. EA Understands Autism The Coral Autism […]
To learn more about how Education Alternatives serves students with emotional needs, we spoke to former EA Building Director at Brook Park and current Director of Clinical Outreach at REACH Behavioral Health, Leah Walters, LPCC/S. What types of students with emotional needs are typically best served at EA? LW: I would say the needs that […]
Many parents are curious about alternate setting programs or “alternative schools” for children struggling with social-emotional issues. Many have questions or uncertainties about reaching out to a program, or may even be unsure if their child qualifies.
Special education is a broad category that includes many different types of students. Special education departments serve students with hearing impairment, speech or language delays, visual impairments, specific learning disabilities and social-emotional issues including emotional disturbance. For students in the last category, those with behavioral health needs, alternative schools that specialize in these issues may be necessary […]
At Education Alternatives, staff work with clients on their social-emotional and behavioral health. When dealing with emotional disturbance, our therapists, teachers, and counselors emphasize positive approaches that are affirming rather than punishment-based. Using the philosophy of Unconditional Positive Regard and the proprietary IAM Level system, EA offers a positive education program to naturally encourage healthy […]