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Students With Special Needs Specialist
The school setting can be a difficult place for children with special needs, as they often face challenges their peers do not. These challenges include, but are not limited to, additional transitions throughout their schooling, peer victimization, social deficits and limitations, anxiety, aggression, inattention, hyperactivity, impulsivity and underachievement. These students’ school experiences can be positively or negatively influenced by general school policies and the attitudes and behaviors of students and school personnel. School counselors can take the lead in assessing school climate in relation to students with special needs and initiating interventions or advocating for change when appropriate.

Learning objectives:
Upon completion of this training, participants should be able to:
  • Discuss factors to consider in creating positive school experiences for students with special needs.
  • List intervention strategies for maximizing students with special needs capacity for learning.
  • Identify potential school counselor interventions to address the various transition needs, including transition into postsecondary, of students with special needs.
  • Discuss school counseling interventions that can help increase academic and social success for students with special needs.
Earn the Students with Special Needs Specialist designation to be best prepared to support students with special needs in your school. The Students with Special Needs Specialist training is $99 ($249 for nonmembers) and is equal to 5 CEUs/50 Contact Hours.Graduate credit is now available for individuals who complete the Students with Special Needs Specialist Training after February 5, 2018. Click here for more information. 

To earn the Students with Special Needs Specialist certificate, you will read/view the following materials and take a short quiz online about each to indicate mastery of the subject matter. Once you have passed all the quizzes, the CEUs will be posted to your CEU records online, and you’ll receive a certificate suitable for framing in the mail. It can take up to four weeks for your certificate to arrive. The Specialist designation is good for five years. Please note, access to all webinars, journal article, magazine articles and quizzes is included in the registration price. Books must be purchased separately.  Optional materials and additional resources:
Identification of Children with Specific Learning Disabilities PowerPoint
Down syndrome
Center for Parent Information and Resources

Book: "The School Counselor’s Guide to ADHD: What to Know and Do to Help Your Students," Richard A. Lougy, Silvia L. DeRuvo, David Rosenthal, M.D.

How to Get Started
1. Register here to sign up for the Students With Special Needs Specialist training. 

2, Read/view the above assignments. For the webinars and presentations some users may need to download the g2m4 codec to play archived webinar recordings.

3. Take the quizzes. Once you've registered for the training, log into the ASCA website, click on "My ASCA" and then click on "ASCA Quizzes." You must score 100 percent on each quiz to pass. You may take each quiz as many times as necessary. Please note, if you're working on a Mac, we recommend using Firefox or Google Chrome rather than Safari for best interface with the quiz software. And if you're working on a PC and the quizzes aren't showing up properly, make sure your Internet browser is the most up-to-date version.