What is CLEAPE?
Cleape, Knowing What’s the Matter, is a free tool developed to help parents and educators understand a child’s learning needs.
Developed by clinicians who have worked in schools and who have expertise in areas like school psychology, speech and language pathology, behavioral analysis and occupational therapy, CLEAPE helps parents and educators collaborate and address learning needs.
What will I find on CLEAPE?
www.cleape.com has 99 articles on specific concerns a teacher or parent may have for a child. All the articles are free. Each article contains research-based tips and strategies an educator can try in the “What to do” section.
CLEAPE provides references at the end of each article with up-to-date research.
References also include books and resources a teacher could use and share with a family or parent to help meet the learning needs of a child.
Why was CLEAPE developed?
The MTSS (Multi-tiered Support System) process can feel daunting, which is why CLEAR Child Psychology offers this free resource to encourage collaboration and the use of research-based strategies to meet the needs of a child.
Reliable information at your fingertips to meet professional requirements
As classroom teachers know, when parents and/or teachers have concerns for a child, they are required to implement interventions in the classroom that are research-based to address a specific learning need.
Teachers are required to progress monitor to see if interventions are helpful and to determine if additional supports like a Section 504 Plan or an Individualized Education Program (IEP) are necessary to help a child succeed.
Access targeted strategies, web-based interventions, and resources
At times, parents and teachers will find that a child has needs that require a special plan or other team members like a Speech Pathologist or School Psychologist. Share http://cleape.com/professionals/ with parents.
At other times, teachers and parents will find that a few targeted strategies make all the difference. See http://cleape.com/moving-sensing/handwriting/ for children who have sloppy handwriting. This article provides many strategies a parent and teacher can use to address this issue and help children improve their writing.
If a child is struggling to learn to read, this article provides helpful web-based interventions and strategies to try as well as resources for parents to seek outside tutoring if reading challenges persist http://cleape.com/learning/basic-reading-skills/. We know from the research that early intervention from parents and teachers for reading leads to the best outcomes. A combination of school support and home support can help a child make faster progress.
Sometimes a child has a few social challenges that are not evident until he or she is expected to be successful in a classroom. A teacher can provide a parent with great resources to practice social skills by providing this article http://cleape.com/socializing/parallel-play/. Social skills are another example of a skill that responds best to early intervention and strategies from parents and teachers.
Together, we can improve student outcomes!
We hope this free resource will lead to early interventions and better outcomes for your students. Please share www.cleape.com with your colleagues.
Collaborations with parents can improve student outcomes. Please share www.cleape.com with parents at your school.
Last but not least… Connect with CLEAR
You are not alone. Be in touch with the clinicians who created www.cleape.com by visiting our sister site www.clearchildpsychology.com. We are available to provide professional development to educators, in addition to other supportive services.