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Helping Zeke shine

Meet Zeke, a seven-year-old student at Gilmore City-Bradgate who lives in Gilmore City with mom, dad, sister and brother. Zeke started receiving Early ACCESS services through Prairie Lakes AEA as an infant to treat him for a movement disorder. He … Continue reading

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AEAs play daily ‘behind-the-scenes’ role in a child’s education

Written by Beth Strike, APR, who is the director of creative services with Area Education Agency 267 Those of us who have been employed by Iowa’s Area Education Agency (AEAs) system are used to the puzzled looks we get from … Continue reading

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Meet Skyler

Jennifer Woodley, Public Relations Coordinator “She’s walked herself right out of physical therapy!” exclaims Janet Hurt, Physical Therapist for Great Prairie AEA. Now 18 months old, Skyler has received Physical Therapy Services from Great Prairie AEA since she was 7 months. … Continue reading

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Northwest AEA/school success: Girl with impairments advocates for safety

Broadway Elementary student, Ana Pocasangre, is flagged by her para-professional on the right, Ann Katzer, and on the left is her general education teacher, Jackie Scheuring.  Ana Pocasangre is a fifth-grade student at Broadway Elementary in Denison, Iowa, who has proven to be a … Continue reading

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Northwest AEA/school success: Boy with speech delay graduates out of therapy

When Luke Vande Griend was two years old, his mom said he would speak only two words. Instead of using words, Luke would point to what he needed or wanted. Concerned with his limited vocabulary, parents Allison and Derek tried … Continue reading

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Northwest AEA/school success: Three siblings overcome obstacles with AEA services

Siblings Kendra, Evie and Samuel have all successfully battled through speech delays with the help of AEA employees. Photo submitted by their mom, Jennifer TenKley. Jennifer TenKley is very appreciative of AEA staff members, Lynn Cole and Meg Otto, for the services … Continue reading

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Northwest AEA/school success: Reading Recovery teacher shares her son’s journey

The Wright family celebrates at Morningside College, where James received a degree in business administration. From left to right are London, Randy, James, Pat, Matthew, and Michael. The second photo is a younger James who was placed in Reading Recovery, … Continue reading

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