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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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September 23, 2016

Kristen Bloch Madeleine Moody Jane Jensen Morgan Stone Today, we introduce Heartland AEA school Ppsychologists Kristen Bloch, Madeleine Moody and Jane Jensen and school social worker Morgan Stone, who will be regularly writing about challenging behavior and autism. If you are a parent who has concerns that your child is...
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July 21, 2016

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July 6, 2016

Interstate 35 is an early implementer of Iowa Core Science Standards in the state. So it was the delight of Heartland AEA to support the district’s efforts to understand and implement the vision and concepts of new Iowa Core Science Standards. The Agency has provided resources, instructional learning techniques and...
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July 1, 2016

Lance Wilhelm, Director of Technology Director at Heartland AEA, is blogging about the 2016 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference and Expo. Follow along with Lance while he brings you news, trends and analysis! ☆ Many technology-related trends are evident in education, some that have been in the...
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