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Meeting the needs of special needs students virtually

from THE Journal

A student at A.J. West Elementary School in Aberdeen, Wash., did not speak. Ever. She was a selective mute, and no one in the area, located more than 100 miles from Seattle, knew how to treat a child who simply refused to talk. The school's technology coordinator suggested a video conference with professionals who had experience with selective mutes in order to collaborate on an individualized education plan. A.J. West Principal, Bill O'Donnell, explained to the Northwest Educational Technology Consortium: "We were just grasping at what to do. And when we sat down as a group to try and develop an IEP, we were just pooling our ignorance, and so this was a chance, and we just jumped at it." more

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