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Scuba Diving Experience Launches DSM Students’ Blogs

By Linda Moehring & Deb Vail On a chilly day in March, fourth and fifth graders from Des Moines’ Downtown School warmed up and dove deep during an exciting scuba diving experience. The students were able to do one-onone diving … Continue reading

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Parent & Principal Tweets Thank You Message for Son’s AEA Services

It all began with a tweet: “Never knew all AEAs do until I saw what they did for this dude the first 3 yrs. of his life! #thankful.” Accompanying the tweet (a 140-character message on the social media site, Twitter) … Continue reading

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Andrew’s Awakening: AEA/School Team Help Boy Learn Positive Communication

Waukee junior high student Andrew Alfano enjoys dancing at his weekly Sunday dance class. Perhaps he enjoys dancing as a way to express himself as he has limited ability to do so verbally. Andrew has autism and is mostly non-verbal; … Continue reading

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Ray’s family finds hope through AEA staff

Excerpts written by Ray’s mom, Keely Goettsch. Raymond, aka Ray, was welcomed into the world on May 14, 2010, by his mom, dad, sister and two brothers. His life started with a routine doctor visit at 35 weeks with an … Continue reading

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Helping Children with Autism: Jaxon’s story

“Pizza, please.” Words a mother was overjoyed to hear come from her young son who struggles with autism. This mom shares how the Keystone AEA Autism Resource Team has helped Jaxon continue to learn and gain independence.

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Transition: Working to Build a Life Beyond the Classroom

Learn how Elias, a student struggling with Pervasive Developmental Disorder, is working toward building a life after high school with the help of Area Education Agency 267’s Farrah Olson.

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Northwest AEA/Denison success: Integrating the Multi-Tiered System of Supports

Denison Elementary and Broadway Elementary in Denison CSD were chosen as two of the initial schools to be trained in the C4K-Response to Intervention (Rti) initiative.  Response to Invention (Rti) is now known in Iowa as the MTSS – Multi-tiered … Continue reading

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