Monthly Archives: March 2012

AEA ‘Angel’ Gave Hope to Family Living with Autism

Jenny* is a 13-year-old who, by many accounts, is making great progress. Eight years ago, Jenny was diagnosed with autism. Her family then began the journey of trying to provide for her needs and looking for the right educational placement … Continue reading

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Oscar’s Story: Supporting a Child with Autism

Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 110 American children as on the autism spectrum–a 600 percent increase in prevalence over the past two decades. Careful research shows that this increase … Continue reading

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Northwest AEA Employees Present Research at International Autism Conference

Members of the Northwest Area Education Agency (AEA) challenging behaviors team presented a study that they conducted with researchers from the University of Iowa and the Sioux City Community School District. Their work was presented at the Association for Behavior … Continue reading

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Learning with the Resources of Iowa AEA Online

Students in Deb Henry’s class at Iowa Valley Elementary have been supporting their learning using the resources of Iowa AEA Online. Iowa AEA Online is funded and supported by Iowa’s Area Education Agencies and is a virtual library provided that … Continue reading

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AEA School Social Workers Serve as Link Between Families and Schools

Iowa Area Education Agency social workers are highly skilled and licensed mental health professionals who serve Iowa students in so many ways to develop their full potential. They also work directly with special needs students, as well as students with … Continue reading

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My Ears Help Me Read: The Important Role of AEA Audiology Staff

Marlys Ebaugh is a Discipline Facilitator/Audiologist with Area Education Agency 267. Obviously, reading is a very visual activity for most of us. But the contribution of good hearing and well-developed listening skills is becoming clearer and clearer through research and … Continue reading

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Training Aims to Increase Teachers’ Skills in Literacy Instruction

In many ways, English is a complex and confusing language. Learning to read, write and spell it can be a struggle for many students. Case in point: there, their and they’re! In an effort to teach teachers learn new strategies … Continue reading

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