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Support for Children With Special Needs – How Parents Can Get What They Need

Many parents experience a lack of support and understanding about what it takes to raise a child with special needs. Sometimes it is worthwhile to educate your family and friends so they can better support you. Other times it is not worth the energy and time. Read on to learn strategies to gain more support.

Is Learning Sign Language Difficult?

During prehistoric times, people have used sign language to communicate. Sign language now is used by the deaf and dumb as a way of communicating. This communication is not limited to the people who are hearing impaired but those who are ‘normal’ used this means to communicate with the deaf and the dumb.

Independent Educational Evaluation – How and When to Request One

An independent educational evaluation is often referred to as an IEE. One of your parental rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is that you have the right to request an IEE at public expense if you believe that an assessment completed by the school district during the eligibility or re-eligibility process is inaccurate or invalid. Read on to learn more about how and when to request an IEE.

Response to Intervention Model: No Excuse for Delaying or Denying a Special Education Evaluation

Response to Intervention is an excellent educational practice designed to meet the needs of a diverse population of learners. Unfortunately, some school districts have used response to intervention to delay or deny a parent’s request for an initial special education evaluation. This is not permitted or condoned by the United States Department of Education. Read on to learn more about this important issue.

What Did You Just Call My Daughter?

On the benefits of having an open mind about one’s child called a “retard”, or having intellectual deficits, being mentally deficient, and other interesting and ridiculous things…When I was just starting out as a child and school psychologist in Syracuse, NY almost 35 years ago, I administered batteries of tests to children to determine their eligibility for programs designed to remediate their learning disabilities, what were termed their “handicaps” at that time. I thought I knew so much. Armed with the best that Syracuse University’s school and clinical programs taught, I offered parents a clear and cogent understanding (using of course the best practice efforts at that time) of their child’s diagnosis and needs in clinical terms.

New Interactive Short Story Books Designed For Children With Aspergers Syndrome

An authors introduction to new books. Read the inspiration behind the series. Read the latest review from parents.

Special Education and No Child Left Behind: Mandated High Stakes Testing

Special Education and No Child Left Behind (NCLB) are related in several ways. Due to the requirements established in the 2001 NCLB law the vast majority of special education students are required to participate in your district and state annual assessments. Read on to learn more about this.

The Importance of Parent Participation in Individualized Education Program (IEP) Meetings

Active parent participation in IEP meetings is a critical component for developing effective and appropriate education programs for children with special needs. Many parents believe that they have to agree to the draft document that the school has presented to them. The law indicates and encourages parents to actively participate and create a collaborative program, using the draft as a starting point.

Parents of Special-Needs Children Having Regretful Thoughts

There is nothing more isolating than being a parent of a special-needs child. To prevent burn-out, it’s helpful for parents and caretakers of these types of children to tune into their thoughts to release stress.

Coping With Being A Parent To An Autistic Child

Being a parent in general is never easy. Having a child with special needs is even more challenging. This article discusses how to cope with being a parent to a child with Autism.