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Pushing Students Who Learn Differently — but not over the Edge

Season 1 | Episode 6
Airdate: January 2021

The Flying Wallendas earned fame and a reputation as circus daredevils for performing stupendous acts of balance on a high-wire. Yet, even the uncanny skill with which they performed their incredible seven-person chair pyramid stunt pales in comparison to the balance required by parents of children who learn differently when it comes to walking the tightrope of when to push your child and pushing too hard. Good parents want the best for their kids. And sometimes, children need a nudge. But what is pushing too hard? On this episode, we’ll learn how a collective of Florida exceptional student education charter schools serving students with learning and learning-related disabilities negotiates that fine line. Next, we’ll drill down on the topic and suggest some strategies for parents in our “Ask the Experts” segment. And, we’ll close out the program with this month’s “Difference Maker,” British micro-artist Willard Wigan, the brilliant creative who found that big things come in the smallest of packages.