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Weekly Menu-Feb-24-28

Scroll down for additional menus Monday Breakfast-Blueberry Yogurt Parfait Cinnamon Toasted Oat Topping WGOranges Low-Fat (1%), Milk Lunch-Turkey Meatloaf Whole Grain Rolls Kale, Parsnip, & Carrot MedleyApples Low-Fat (1%), Milk Vegetarian lunch- BBQ Chickpea Meatloaf Whole Wheat Rolls Green Beans...

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Make Dining Out With Your Child With Special Needs More Pleasant

Going out to eat with a child who has special needs, such as autism or cerebral palsy can be challenging. Other diners might not always understand your child's needs, and you might need special accommodations from the restaurant. But taking...

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Practicing Restaurant Etiquette with Your Child

Going to a restaurant can be relaxing for adults, but a little funkier for children. Outside of their comfort zone of the home, children can freeze up around waiters and get upset when chicken fingers aren’t on the menu. But,...

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Helping Your Child Stay Active this Winter

Winter is a time where we like to hibernate: we eat a lot over the holidays and then stay indoors and lounge in the cooler months. This can make it hard to stay active, especially for special needs children who...

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3 Ways to Help Your Child with Autism Clean Their Bedroom

One of the most challenging things for any child is how easily they can become overstimulated. Think back to when you were a child and your parents asked you to clean your bedroom. The younger you were and the messier...

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Weekly Menu-Dec-16-20

Scroll down for additional menus Monday Breakfast-Red Rabbit O's Cereal WG Honeydew Low-Fat (1%), Milk Lunch-Chicken Cacciatore Farfalle Pasta Sauteed Kale Oranges Low-Fat (1%), Milk Vegetarian lunch-Jerk Tofu Brown Rice Green Peas Oranges Tuesday Breakfast-Banana Pancakes WG Fruit Compote Topping...

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Special Need Children: Inclusion in Household Duties

Every child with special needs must feel included in terms of participating and helping around the house. A child with cerebral palsy, autism or any other special need can still be included in maintaining the household duties. When a child...

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Five Ways to Show — and Prep for — Thanksgiving with Your Special-Needs Child

Thanksgiving is around the corner, and with the cranberry sauce, turkey, and football games comes the opportunity to give back and give thanks to those you love and appreciate. Naturally, this extends to our family, and there can be important...

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Five Family-Friendly Activities and Events This Fall

At The Deron School, we always look forward to autumn: it both means the return of our students and a fresh school year but also the chance to get off campus and explore all that New Jersey has to offer...

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How to Prepare Your Child for a New School Year

Impossible as it seems, a new school year is just around the corner! As families enjoy the final weeks by the beach and days by the pool, we at The Deron School are eagerly anticipating another fruitful academic year with...

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The Importance of Reading with Your Child This Summer

The Deron School prides itself on being proactive about our students’ education year-round. This includes the summertime, a period for which we’ve previously offered ways to keep your child mathematically engaged. Now, we turn our attention to reading, where The...

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What Makes Deron Different

What makes Deron different? In our ongoing series about What Makes The Deron School different, (as well as special), we are focusing on the Transition and Bridge Program in this newsletter. To help us with that background, we spoke with Patty Schmid, Transition...

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ASD Blogs to Follow

Parents Unite: Blogs on Autism to Read and Follow  April is National Autism Awareness Month, a chance to reflect on and honor inclusion and accomplishments within the autism community. While this is a month of celebration, it may also remind...

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Developing Language and Shaping Behavior

Why do students with ASD thrive at Deron? We take a holistic approach in identifying each student’s unique abilities. This individualized approach shapes what strategies, instructional methods and techniques will be used when developing their program. We do not differentiate...

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Coveted Spots Now Open at The Deron School & Great News

The Deron School has two pieces of great news to share. The first great piece of news is that there are open slots at The Deron School for students ages 3-21 and the second is that we are announcing a...

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What Makes Red Rabbit Exceptional? Five Facts About This Leading Food Group

As you know, on February 4 The Deron School had the immense privilege of switching our meal service to Red Rabbit, the preeminent nutrition company that now serves 200 centers, daycares, and schools. This has been an exciting partnership, one...

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New Study Documents Importance in Discovering Language Difficulties Earlier On

In a new study on Spectrum News, Diane Putnick — a psychologist at the US National Institute of Child Health and Human Development — discovered and stressed how language is most pliable during infancy. “The ability to use language effectively...

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Determining Children’s Special Education: What Steps Parents Should Take

Determining whether your child requires special education programming can be daunting — but the most important thing to keep in mind is that feelings of confusion or ambiguity are positively normal. Many parents feel under-equipped to take on the extra...

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Announcing The Deron School Educational Seminar Series 2019

All events will be held at the Union campus: from 6:30pm to 8pm and include a Q&A period. 1140 Commerce Avenue, Union, NJ 07083 Tuesday, February 26th @ 6:30pm What is going on with my child? Is it medical, behavioral,...

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Red Rabbit Will Serve Nutritious Lunches to Deron School Students

The food we eat dictates more than just our diets: it also affects behavior, health, and mental stamina. The Deron School has always valued our students’ wellbeing, and so we’re thrilled to partner with leading nutrition company Red Rabbit for...

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The Deron School: Interview with Principal Mariesa Grado

Mariesa Grado knows a thing or two about The Deron School’s mission — she’s held two other major positions before becoming the school’s principal nearly two years ago. Most recently, Principal Grado served as Supervisor of Elementary and Secondary Education,...

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Quoting Excellence: Words from Celebrities with Special Needs

Celebrities with special needs have not always been in the limelight, but it’s important to remember that they not only exist but are thriving, successful, and talented individuals. Having a role model who looks or behaves like you is not...

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Six Tips for Travelling with Special Needs Children

The winter holidays are right around the corner, bringing with them family time, traveling, and sometimes extra levels of stress. Though vacations can be a magical period, travel can sometimes complicate the journey — as can taking extra care to...

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3 Ways Special Education Can Improve Your Child’s Life

Special needs education is one of the most important services in the world today. Children who live with a learning disability often feel left out in other forms of education programs, but luckily there are schools for students with learning...

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How to Help Your Child Cope if They Have a Sibling with Special Needs

Raising a child with special needs or a learning disability can be a challenge for any parent. It can take a toll on parents’ lives both mentally and physically. However, if there are siblings in the picture, and those siblings...

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3 Myths About Special Education BUSTED

If your child has special needs, you might be thinking about sending them to a special education school. You’ve probably heard that these schools are places where children with special needs are able to be themselves and can learn at...

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Easy Ways to Help Your Child with Special Needs Fall Asleep

It’s extremely important for children to get a good amount of sleep each night. If a child doesn’t get enough sleep, their mind and body will suffer. Even though it’s important for children to get sleep in general, it’s even...

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3 Things Every Parent of Child with Special Needs Should Know

As a parent of a child with special needs, you may find yourself struggling with your day-to-day life. Unlike most parents, those who have a child with special needs will have different routines and tasks that need to be completed...

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How To Be the Best Parent for a Child with Special Needs

As a parent of a child with special needs, it can be hard to cope with the idea that your child may be treated differently and have a harder time doing simple daily tasks. It can be upsetting to watch...

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How A Private School For Special Education Can Benefit Your Child’s Academic Success

According to a recent and depressing survey, up to 45% of children with learning disabilities have been bullied in school. Bullying can cause anxiety and stress in any educational environment, which threatens a student's ability to learn. Because every child...

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How To Help Your Child with Special Needs Make Friends

For a child with special needs, there are many aspects of school that can be extremely challenging. And when you're child hurts, you hurt, too. One thing that can be especially difficult for these children is making friends. Often times,...

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Preparing for the First Day at a New Special Education School: 3 Tips

The school year is fast approaching. That means many parents of children with special needs are gearing up for their first year in a special needs school. Even if your child is enrolled in one of the top special education schools,...

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Special Education Determination 101: What Parents Should Know

If your child has been identified as possibly needing a special education program, it can be intimidating. It is important to know if that your feelings are normal. In fact, up to a third of parents of children with learning...

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Summer Activities for Children With Special Needs

There are many fun activities that your child can take part in this summer. You can help your child have a good summer by choosing activities that will give your child a sense of belonging/acceptance, success, accomplishment, growth, and competence....

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Children with Disabilities and Social Skills: 3 Tips

Making eye contact, having a firm handshake, noticing the reactions of others as you speak and adjusting accordingly: these are all skills you need in order to succeed in the world. Most people learn them simply by osmosis, although with...

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Considering ESY (Extended School Year) For Your Child?

Keeping up your child’s educational progress over the summer is more attainable with Extended School Year (ESY) services. They are unique programs designed to provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to a special needs student. As parents involved in...

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Beyond The Classroom: How Parents Can Support Their Special Needs Child At Home

If your child is enrolled in a quality special education program, they are learning in a safe and supportive environment. Schools for students with learning disabilities are designed to meet your child's individual learning needs, helping them to grow. But...

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How to Help Your Child Learn To Cope With Anxiety

Parents of special needs children are always looking for new techniques to help with their education and any form of anxiety they may have. Although some forms of anxiety never completely go away, they can be treated and coped with....

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5 Questions To Ask Your Child’s Special Education Teacher

Schools for students with learning disabilities, such as private autism schools, provide a nurturing environment for your child to learn and grow. With 96% of parents believing that children can overcome learning disabilities through proper instruction, special education teachers are...

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7 Ways to Prevent Wandering at Your Child’s School

It can be common for special needs children of all ages to occasionally go into their own world and stray from adult supervision. According to the National Autism Association, the wandering behavior in children with autism tends to increase during...

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Frequently Used Special Educational Terms

If you are active in your child’s education, there is a high chance that you have heard teachers and administrators use many terms that may sound new or confusing to you. Here are some of the commonly used terms used...

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3 Actions to Take If Your Child Is Underperforming in School

As a parent, making sure that your child succeeds in school is one of your top priorities. Unfortunately, despite so many programs in place that try to help your child, some schools can often fall short. In many cases, shortcomings...

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What is the Special Education System and How Does It Work?

The words "special education" represent a wide umbrella-like term that categorizes children who do not learn like their peers. Depending if they have intellectual difficulties or developmental delays, children with learning disabilities require a different approach to schooling, one that...

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Self-regulation tips for children with special needs

Behavioral issues are common in young children, making it difficult for them to adjust and excel in special education programs and school. Disruptive behaviors, such as temper tantrums and too much talking can negatively affect children’s learning environment. Providing parents,...

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Benefits of Interacting with Animals for Children with Autism

Humans interacting with pet companions have many benefits. Holding a pet can relax and calm you. But what about children with disabilities? Scientific research has concluded that pets and other friendly animals have a number of positive effects on children...

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7 Tips to Help You Survive During the Holidays

Parents of children with special needs know all too well that the Holiday season can be full of excitement, hope, and disappointment. To make your Holidays more bearable, here are seven things to remember: Prepare yourself for tantrums and meltdowns....

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Is Your Child a Shut-Down Learner?

Is your child a “shut-down learner”? Shut-down learners are children who become discouraged at school and disconnected over time. But how do kids become shut-down learners? Some factors might include problems with early education development, confusion for the child in...

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Creating a Learning Environment for Children with Learning Disabilities

Children with learning disabilities present very specific challenges when it comes to working outside of their regular formal schooling environment: homework can feel like an uphill struggle for both the students and their parents who may find the process frustrating and...

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Exercise Proven Beneficial to Children With Developmental Disabilities

While ABA therapy is the most commonly used treatment for autism spectrum disorders, as well as added speech or occupational therapy, studies show that a more traditional practice has been proven to provide help for children with autism and special...

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Tips for Sending a Child With an Autism Spectrum Disorder Back to School

As summer winds down, parents are checking over school supply lists, going shopping for new clothes, and preparing to send their children back to school. For many parents and children alike, this is a very exciting time. However, for parents...

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3 Mistakes Parents of Children With Autism Need to Avoid

Autism is becoming increasingly more accepted as better information comes out. After decades, probably millennia of misunderstanding and ostracism, people are finally starting to understand the challenges faced by those with autism. While we've made great strides, there's still so...

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4 Things Kids with Autism Wish You Knew

Autism awareness is quickly spreading throughout the United States. It is defined as a disorder of neural development characterized by impaired social interaction and communication. Symptoms are typically noticed before a child turn three years of age and the number...

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Is Your Child Receiving the Education They Need? Picking the Right School Environment for Your Child

A good education can last a lifetime and provide countless opportunities for your child, but picking the right starting point can be difficult, especially for parents of children with learning disabilities such as autism. Each child has a unique set...

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Tricare to Cut ABA Therapy Funding Despite Complaints From Patients and Congress

The world of applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy is about to get a little bit harder for many families to take advantage of. According to Heraldnet.com, thousands of families and ABA autism programs could be affected by a funding cut...

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Three Commonly Held Myths About Autism

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 50 school-aged children are diagnosed with some form of autism. Given these relatively high rates of occurrence, it is likely that you know someone who has been affected by...

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Communities are Increasingly Activated About Helping Children With Autism

In eastern Ontario, a little place called the Owl Cafe is bringing some much needed services to the local area in a surprising way. The goal of Owl Cafe is to give young people with autism a chance to shine...

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Knowing the Signs of Autism Spectrum Disorders

In the United States, children with special needs, such as autism spectrum disorders, are becoming more and more common. Currently, one in 50 school children are diagnosed on the autism spectrum. As parents, we know that comes with a set...

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What Kind of Special Education is Right For Your Child?

Parents with children who have learning disabilities such as autism face an important question when their child reaches the age of kindergarten: what kind of special education program is right for my special needs child? When it comes to children...

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The Learning Styles of Autism

How does your child with autism learn best?Recent surveys show that the prevalence of autism has increased by about 33%. Previously, only one in 68 children were diagnosed with autism. In 2015, the odds have increased to one in 45,...

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Spotting the Early Signs of Autism

Up until recently, autism spectrum disorders have been largely shrouded in mystery for parents and medical experts alike. While the "root" or definitive cause of autism has yet to be found, recent innovations in autism research have proved fruitful, yielding...

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Does a Gluten Free Diet Help Children With Autism? Researchers are Now Saying There’s No Difference

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately one in 50 children are diagnosed on the autism spectrum. For many, intervention takes place in the form of ABA therapy, special education programs, and other professional help for...

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Deron to present a Workshop on Applied Behavior Analysis

Workshop on Applied Behavior Analysis Deron School is pleased to present an Open House and Professional Development Seminar on Thursday, October 22, 2015. Tour our Union, NJ campus and participate in a workshop of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Learn strategic...

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A New Study Suggests That Girls and Boys with Autism Exhibit Different Behaviors

Autism, a neural disorder characterized by impaired communication and repetitive behaviors, is typically diagnosed in children before the age of three. Many specialists have posited that austism has a largely genetic basis. However, a new study says that gender may...

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A New Google Glass App May Provide Long Term Help For Children With Autism

As a neural disorder, autism changes the way a person's synapses connect and organize information. Because of this, individuals on the autism spectrum often have difficulty with communicating based on an inability to properly synthesize social cues and interactions. As...

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There’s New Clothing Line Designed for Children With Autism…And It’s Awesome

Parents who have children with autism understand how difficult it can be to get dressed every morning. As a disorder, autism affects the neural development of an individual, and is distinguished by repeated behaviors, and limited social skills. Along with...

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The Future is NAO: the Therapy Robot That Helps Children With Autism Improve Social Skills

For parents with children on the autism spectrum, finding the right special education programs and therapy programs is an important and vital step in your child's educational journey. While finding proper programs and schools for children with autism is an...

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Helping Special Needs Students Thrive

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as many as one in 50 school-age children have been diagnosed with some form of autism. What is autism? Autism alters how nerve cells and their synapses connect and organize...

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Common Signs of Autism All Parents Should Be Aware of

For years, autism spectrum disorders remained a bit of a mystery to doctors and scientists. While there is still no known single cause of autism, nor is there any cure, autism research has drastically improved our understanding of this range...

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How One Student With Autism Changed the Way Society Views Autism Spectrum Disorders

Over 3 million Americans are affected by autism spectrum disorders, a number that has increased significantly since the 1980s. Although autism impacts so many lives, it is still little understood by many people in our society. Autism spectrum disorders even...

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Special Needs or Not, Children Deserve a High Quality Education

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, autism affects about one in 68 children in the United States. Autism is considered a spectrum neurodevelopmental disorder that hinders a person's ability to communicate, both verbally and non-verbally, and is...

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Teaching Special Needs Students

For many teachers, accommodating learning disabilities is one of the most challenging parts of their jobs. While there are more resources are available to make teaching special needs easier, it can be difficult to translate theory into practice. By working...

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How to Choose the Right Education for Your Autistic Child

Many parents of autistic children face the same question when kindergarten rolls around: Should you send your child to a special needs school or a public or private school? Each autistic child has unique needs, so there's no single path...

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New App Identifies “Autism-Friendly” Public Spaces

Autism is becoming increasingly prevalent, with as many as one in 50 school-age children affected by the neurological development disorder. Thankfully, parents and family members raising children with autism are banding together to lend each other support. Father Topher Wurts,...

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The Importance of Special Needs Schools

For many students, learning disorders and other disabilities make traditional education difficult, causing them to seek refuge at special needs schools and other institutions. Special needs schools are founded to help students with behavioral problems, learning disabilities, and physical disabilities...

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Autism Spectrum Disorders Show No Signs of Slowing Down

Autism has become something of an epidemic, especially in children. About 50 years ago, autism was not nearly as prevalent as it is now. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that in today's schools, about one...

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Teaching Special Needs Not a “One Size Fits All” Approach

Everyone has different ways of learning. Some people learn better through listening or visual cues, while others need a more hands-on approach to understand certain concepts. Students with special needs especially require a unique approach to learning, but even all...

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Teaching Children With Special Needs

Autism spectrum disorders are estimated by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to affect one in 50 school-age children in the United States. Characterized by restricted and repetitive behavior and by impaired social interaction and communication, autism has a strong...

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Free Workshop – Transitioning from School to Adult Life

Deron I will host regional workshop presented by SPAN (Statewide Parental Advocacy Network) on Thursday, June 4th from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.  Entitled Look To The Future: Transition from School to Adult Life, the workshop will focus on Transition Planning....

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Montclair Film Festival Features Individuals on Autism Spectrum

Montclair Film Festival to feature a film showcasing the unique perspective of teens on the spectrum in the film How To Dance In Ohio.  Sat, May 2 - 2:45 PM and Mon, May 4 - 6:30 PM. View a brochure...

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Parent Workshop – April 16, 2015

Sex Education for your Special Needs Child” will be presented at the Deron School (Union, NJ Campus) on Thursday, April 16, 2015 from 6:30-8:00 PM. Ms. Michelle Brill, M.P.H., from the Rutgers Cooperative Extension will provide parents and guardians with...

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR – END OF YEAR EVENTS

Please make note of the following dates for upcoming events - Please call Deron I (908-206-0444) or Deron II (973-509-2777) for specifics. DERON I (Union) May 28th-Spring Concert May 30th- Prom (with Deron II) June 5th- Spelling Bee June 11th-...

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Summer Will Be Here Before You Know It

Now is the time to make preparations to attend one of Deron School's 2014 Extended School Year Programs.  This year's ESY programs at Deron I and Deron II will run for six weeks, from July 1st through August 12th.  As...

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Introducing Deron II’s Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO)

Deron II’s newly-formed Parent-Teacher Organization is comprised of parents, guardians and Deron staff members. The PTO's mission is to promote open communication and understanding between parents / caregivers and staff.  The group plans to provide supplemental educational materials and experiences,...

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