What is special education?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Parenting educator Dr. Rene Hackney provides information about the categories of special education, the process for evaluations and options for providing these services.

    Rene Hackney

    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.

    Rene Hackney: I'm Dr. Rene Hackney, I own and teach at Parenting Playgroups which is a Parent Resource Center in Alexandria, Virginia. We offer a wide range of parenting programs and play programs for children. I do have a Masters in school psychology and a PhD. in developmental psychology along the way I trained at children's hospital and for the public schools.

    Host: What is special education?

    Rene Hackney: Special education are the services that are provided to children above and beyond the regular education classroom. So, if children are in need of special services or additional services to aid their learning, special education services are available.