New Course: Working Safely with Students with Special Needs



The Special Education classroom offers unique challenges to school staff. Beyond the typical teaching demands, school staff also face the possibility of injury.

One common source of injury is overexertion related to helping lift and transfer students with special needs. A variety of injuries caused by students – accidentally or otherwise – can also be a problem. These may include actions such as hitting, biting, and pulling. And school staff can be at risk for illness due to exposure to bodily fluids as they support students with self-care tasks such as feeding and toileting.


The new Working Safely with Students with Special Needs course from Exceptional Child offers cautionary information and practical tips to help you minimize these risks. We’ll also discuss how clear thinking and good classroom behavior management can help you defuse potentially dangerous situations.

The goal of this course is to help school staff members minimize their risk of injury and physical harm while working with students with more significant special needs. In this course, we’ll cover:

  • Avoiding Overexertion
  • Preventing Student-Related Injuries and Illness

About the Author

Kim Sax Halley has worked in the field of disabilities for over 30 years as a district administrator, rehabilitation administrator, staff mentor and therapist. She has worked in a variety of settings including medical, private practice and educational. Ms. Halley has also provided professional development at the national, state and local level. Ms. Halley has recently retired as the executive director of Inclusive Education for a large school district in Washington State where she worked with building administrators and staff to create a more inclusive district culture for students with disabilities.

Click here to preview the new Working Safely with Students with Special Needs course. 

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