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Creating a Positive Learning Environment for Students with Autism

By |2022-04-05T09:42:37-04:00April 5th, 2022|Blog|

By Amy Farmer, Regional Instructional Specialist at SESI Creating classrooms and schools that foster curiosity, growth, and a sense of security is vital to a student’s ability to access their academics, generalize skills, and become as independent as possible.  Cultivating these environments for students on the autism spectrum can take some special thought and care. Whether students on the spectrum need minimal support or a great deal of individualized attention, there are specific needs to take into consideration. Research is constantly expanding our knowledge on effective methods to teach our students with ASD [...]

4 Essential Components of Behavior Support in the Classroom

By |2022-03-28T11:59:21-04:00March 28th, 2022|In the News, Press Releases & Announcements|

Diane Myers, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Special Education - Behavior, March 22, 2022 -- Expectations that are clearly established, and reinforced regularly will contribute to a consistent, positive experience for students. The 2021-2022 school year began full of promise. Students, families, and educators were ready to get back to pre-pandemic learning routines. Almost no one was prepared for how the landscape had changed – many educators had left the profession, staffing needs were at an all-time high, and students were engaging in more frequent and more severe challenging behaviors. The disruption wreaked by Covid dramatically impacted our students, especially those who were [...]

High Road School of Cecil County Celebrates Black History Month

By |2022-03-07T17:20:33-05:00March 7th, 2022|High Road School: Cecil County, MD|

The students at High Road School of Cecil County and the Cecil Alternative Program worked throughout the month to create presentations that celebrated Black History Month. Students picked their own influential members to research based upon their interests such as music, space exploration, and sports. Visit our website to learn more about High Road School

Black History Month Presentations!

By |2022-03-28T16:51:48-04:00February 28th, 2022|Sierra Livermore|

This month students worked on black history month and made posters to go with it. They all presented them to one another in the classroom, where they learned that some people they did research on are still alive today. This showed them that history isn't so old, and many things are still occurring today. Learn more about our school today.

Sierra School of San Joaquin Now Open and Enrolling K-12 Students

By |2022-02-03T16:28:01-05:00February 3rd, 2022|In the News|

New Non-Public School Provides Needed Community Resource for Those with Behavioral and Social-Emotional Challenges SAN JOAQUIN, Calif. , Feb. 02, 2022 -- Specialized Education Services, Inc. (SESI), a premier provider of education services for K-12 students who require additional educational and positive behavioral supports to overcome challenges that impede success in a traditional school setting, today announced the opening of the Sierra School of San Joaquin (2106 Cherokee Rd., Stockton, CA). Programming at Sierra School of San Joaquin is designed to meet the unique academic and social-emotional learning needs of each individual student. Sierra School of San Joaquin is a California Department [...]

Embedding Social-Emotional Learning into Behavioral Support Systems

By |2022-01-27T13:32:16-05:00January 27th, 2022|Blog|

 By Dr. Diane Myers, SVP, Special Education—Behavior at SESI While the Covid-19 pandemic is not known for producing many silver linings (if any), it has highlighted the need for increased attention to the social, emotional, and behavioral well-being of our students. The pandemic has caused significant educational disruption, limited social contacts, and increased fear and anxiety around everyday activities. For those students who needed additional social, emotional, and behavioral supports prior to the pandemic, the impact has been felt even more acutely. With collective concern building around the state of our students’ mental health, [...]

Gratitude and Behavior

By |2022-01-27T13:11:34-05:00November 20th, 2021|Blog|

As we get to the last few pages of the calendar and holiday ads fill our inboxes, we are reminded to give thanks for what we have. While the word “thanksgiving” conjures thoughts of a shortened school week, turkey, and family gatherings, the actual behaviors associated with “giving thanks” get less attention.  Many learners will develop the ability to demonstrate gratitude through imitation or informal instruction, but some learners (including those who have disabilities that impact social behavior) may need additional help to develop these skills.  As educators, we can use intentional and specific instruction to help our learners [...]