Megan Crowley


About me

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Hi Everyone! I’m Megan, or as most of my friends and family call me, Meg. I am in my final semester of the CDIT Master’s Program and as much as it has been an amazing program, I can not wait to be complete in December! Before taking on this graduate degree, I attended the College of Saint Rose, not too far from The University of Albany. There, I studied Childhood Education as well as Special Education, I graduated in May 2013. I am certified by NYS in both currently.

I am using my certifications at an amazing private school for children with Autism. It has been an incredible job over the past three years and I learn from my students every single day. I feel very blessed to work and grow with them everyday.

Aside from finishing up my Graduate degree and working a full time, I do like to have time for myself. Over the past year, I have been fortunate enough to travel all over. In the spring I went to Nashville for the first time and let me tell you...AMAZING! Over this summer, I have traveled to Florida, Myrtle Beach, as well as Charleston, which was another bucket list check off. I love being outdoors and exploring new places. If I am not traveling somewhere, you can find me at my lake house in Lake George, on the beach in Long Beach, LI, or cheering on my Yankees in the Bronx. As a teacher it is nice that I have “parts” of the summer off and get the time to travel.

My Topic/Purpose

The topic I choose to create and develop my mini course on is “Supporting the Social and Emotional Needs of Children with Disabilities”. Children with disabilities suffer much more than lower level academic skills. In some cases, children are affect greatly by social and emotional factors in their surrounding world. Every child deserves love, support, trust and encouragement from their parents, teachers, and peers. Some educators in the field today do not know how to help students in these types of situations. This mini course will explain and teach educators how to be successful in helping students with disabilities handle their social and emotional needs.

Needs Assessment

Instructional Problem: When children are diagnosed with a disability, naturally people worry about how it will affect their school performance academically. What educators and staff don’t think about and should start is how having a disability will affect a child socially and emotionally. It is not said that every child with a disability will go through social and emotionally problems but it is common for children to at least experience some period of emotional or social struggle. Children with disabilities have unique strengths and needs that every teacher needs to be aware of as well as how to support them through the social and emotional struggles.

What is to be learned: Participants will learn about a variety of disabilities as well as how to support children with these disabilities that are affected socially and emotionally.

About the learners: Participants of this course are either currently working with students with disabilities, or plan to have a career in the future. Also the participants can be parents, family members, guardians, or friends of individuals with a disability that would like to learn more about how to support them appropriately. Everyone that enters this course is looking to better develop their knowledge of students with disabilities as well as how to support them socially and emotionally in the classroom.

Instructional Content: This course will be self-directed and will provide the learners with information on disabilities as well as how to support children how are struggling with social and emotional struggles due to their disability. This course will be a total of three units, one giving background information on different disabilities and some of the signs that students may be displaying when struggling with emotional and social struggles. Unit two will be ways in which to create the right academic environment, and finally three will be strategies and study tips for learners who are struggling emotionally or socially in the classroom and effective instructional strategies educators can implement in the environment.

Exploring Instructional Problems/Solutions: Some teachers and teachers that are new in the field may not have an understanding of how and why some students struggle emotionally and socially let alone how to help them handle the situations. This mini course will help with understanding disabilities more closely as well as some of the emotional and social struggles students may experiences and how to effectively help them during their struggles.


Unit One: Develop an understanding of a variety of disabilities and signs that students are struggling emotionally or socially.

Unit Two: Identifying ways in which to create the right academic environment for these children.

Unit Three: Discussing strategies and study tips for learners with emotional and social needs and effective instructional strategies for educators.

Learning Outcomes & Performance Objectives

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, educators will be able to:

  • Defining the five way interaction among students with disabilities.
  • Discriminate social and emotional characteristics of children who are disabled.
  • Select and implement the best strategies/study tips in assisting students with disabilities
  • Select and observe best practices in create the right academic environment.
  • Explore the best ways in which to communicate with students with disabilities.

Performance Objectives Upon completion of this course, educators will be able to:

  • Identify major social and emotional characteristics of students with disabilities
  • Give examples of strategies that improve the classroom environment.
  • Give examples and describe ways in which to communicate with students with disabilities.
  • Utilize the strategies presented to decrease problem behaviors occurring from social and emotional needs.
  • Draw conclusions about motivational factors that increase positive interactions between teachers and students.

Individuals accessing and participating in this web based lesson on how to support children with disabilities with their social and emotional struggles, will obtain a greater knowledge base of children with disabilities in the content areas of social and emotional feelings and gain strategies to improve their role as the teacher by demonstrating an increased level of awareness and sensitivity to individuals with disabilities and their needs, and applying this to their practices using the effective strategies presented.


Essential prerequisites:

  • Auditory and visual processing skills
  • Ability to read and respond to literature
  • Understanding of characteristics of learning disabilities
  • Experience in classroom scenarios as a student, teacher, or both.

Supporting prerequisites:

  • Self motivation and discipline to proceed through course
  • Computer proficiency
  • Positive attitude and moral based learning standards

Mini Course

  Supporting the Social and Emotional Needs of Children with Disabilities

Curriculum Map

Instructional Curriculum Map

References and Resources

Ehmke, R. (2016). Supporting the Emotional Needs of Kids with Learning Disabilities. Child Mind Institute.

Gorman, C, J. (1999). Understanding Children’s Hearts and Minds: Emotional Functioning and Learning Disabilities. LD Online.

Helping Children with Learning Disabilities. HelpGuide.

King, W, E. (2005). Addressing the Social and Emotional Needs of Twice-Exceptional Students. Council for Exceptional Children. 38(1). pp. 16-20.

Perkins, D. & Blythe, T. Putting Understanding Up Front. Educational Leadership. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.