Originally a full-time preschool teacher, Dr. Rene Hackney now holds a Master?s in school psychology and a PhD. in developmental psychology from George Mason University. She trained at the Developmental Clinic at Children?s National Medical Center and for the public schools, teaching in parenting programs at each. She has also acted as a consultant to several area preschools.
For the last four years, Dr. Hackney has owned and lectured for Parenting Playgroups, Inc, a parenting resource center and preschool classroom in Alexandria Virginia. She has offered workshops to a wide
range of parent, teacher and social work groups during this time.
Workshop topics include eight hours on positive discipline techniques, five hours on early academic issues and common issues such as sibling rivalry and potty training. All workshops provide well researched lecture, in-class practice and open discussion time. Additionally she hosts a monthly parenting focused book club and fun play programs to introduce the preschool setting to young families.
Dr. Hackney is married and has two young children of her own.
Host: How are services provided for special education?
Rene Hackney: Services are provided for special education students in a wide variety of ways. There are many children today who are mainstreamed, who receive their special education services in the regular education classroom. They have teachers, special education teachers coming into the regular classroom and helping them to function in that space. There are also pull out programs, where children are pulled out of regular education and may go to regular education most of the day, but are pulled are for special services once or twice up to five times a week. There are also self inclosed classrooms where the children go for services for half of the day or for a whole day with just special education teachers and services.