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February 24, 2019

The following have been affected by inclement weather: March 7, 2019 Introduction to Heartland AEA IEP Processes and Procedures is postponed from March 7 to April 17 at the Heartland AEA Johnston Regional Education Center
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October 21, 2018

Children and adolescents who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) oftentimes have deficits in social communication and social interaction. One strategy that has been proven to help increase their communication, interpersonal skills, learning readiness, play, joint attention and academic skills is through an intervention known as Peer Training....
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June 15, 2017

Once a child has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), parents may wonder how they can best help their child in their growth and development. Early intervention is one of the most important services available to parents of children with Autism (or any developmental delay). There are people who...
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June 1, 2017

Travel can be daunting for some families, but it presents a unique challenge for families with children who have autism. Here are a few tips when planning a family trip away from home: 1. Remember Your Child’s Preferences and Strengths When Selecting a Location Most children with autism prefer familiar...
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May 29, 2017

Ever wondered how to get your child involved around the house? Or maybe you are overwhelmed on how to divvy up household activities among family members to make life a little easier? Caregivers have a variety of priorities regarding their children, and household chores are among them. Social and motor...
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May 17, 2017

The Heartland AEA Board of Directors is pleased to officially announce the selection of a new chief administrator for the Agency. Dr. Jon Sheldahl, who is currently the chief administrator of Great Prairie AEA in Burlington, will succeed Dr. Paula Vincent when she retires after an almost 40-year career in...
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May 10, 2017

The ability to communicate allows us to engage in social interactions, participate in activities and avoid unpleasant situations. Because children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) may need support in the area of communication, they can sometimes learn to communicate their wants and needs using less appropriate means. They can exhibit...
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April 11, 2017

Winners of the inaugural AEA awards, were, left to right, Chad Houston, Sharon Moser, David Barajas and Bill Withers. It is with great pleasure that Iowa’s Area Education Agencies announce the recipients of its first ever AEA awards. Friend of the AEA Award David Barajas, CEO, Marshalltown Regional Partnership Chad...
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November 15, 2016

This is the second of a two-part series on bullying behavior. The first article presented information for educators. If you’re raising a child with special needs, you may have concerns about bullying. Students with disabilities can experience bullying at higher rates than other students. It’s important to watch for warning...
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November 1, 2016

This is the first of a two-part series on bullying behavior. Coming soon! Information for parents. Children with special needs are often victims of bullying, and at times, can express bullying behaviors themselves while in school. Challenges with language and communication, socialization, perspective taking and self-awareness increase the likelihood that...
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