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Independent Educational Evaluations: It’s a Testy Business!

January 11, 2016 By Steve C. Imber, PhD and Candace Cortiella Special Education Advisor Blog 13 Comments »

Q. What is an IEE?   A. The language regarding IEEs is found in the regulations implementing IDEA. Specifically, the right to an IEE is defined...

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How to Prepare for an IEP (Updated)

January 7, 2016 By Doug Goldberg Special Education Advisor Blog 1 Comment »

We live in an unprecedented era where schools are dealing with shrinking budgets and fewer resources but still must figure out how to educate an increasingly large number...

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Top Ten Common Questions About Special Education

December 12, 2015 By Dennise Goldberg Special Education Advisor Blog 4 Comments »

1.  What is the special education law that can help my child with a disability? The foundation of today’s special education law was passed in 1975 and enacted...

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The Path For Autistic Kids Aging Out of the School System: Severely Autistic Especially At Risk for Warehousing   

May 3, 2015 By Rebecca Sperber, M.S., M.F.T. Special Education Advisor Blog No Comments »

A recent NBC  Dateline episode, “On The Brink” which aired April 12, 2015, highlighted a dire situation facing many autistic young adults and their families.  It stated that...

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October 5, 2014 By Robert DePaolo Special Education Articles Comments Off

A Perplexing Problem In some ways the very idea of a reading disorder makes little sense; particularly in light of the “all things being equal” paradigm – i.e....

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Teaching Self-Calming Skills

August 23, 2014 By Jessica Minahan, M.Ed, BCBA Special Education Articles Comments Off

"You need to calm down." This is something I hear a lot in my work as a behavior specialist when a student starts to get agitated-- answering rudely,...

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Peer-Reviewed Research & Research Based Instruction

August 22, 2014 By Doug Goldberg Special Education Advisor Blog 2 Comments »

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) when reauthorized in 2004 introduced the concept of Research Based Instruction. This was done in order to align the regulations with the No...

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Educational placements from Least Restrictive to Most Restrictive

August 21, 2014 By Dennise Goldberg Special Education Articles Comments Off

Least Restrictive Environment is defined as “In General.  To the maximum extent appropriate, children with disabilities, including children in public or private institutions or other care facilities, are...

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What? – Auditory Processing Disorder

August 20, 2014 By Carol Murphy, MA, CCC-SLP Special Education Articles 5 Comments »

The weird thing about the diagnosis of auditory processing disorder is that, although most everyone agrees on the variety of symptoms, the actual testing of it can differ...

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What is compensatory education?

August 19, 2014 By Doug Goldberg Special Education Advisor Blog 1 Comment »

What is it? Compensatory education is generally defined as a remedy owed to children with a disability who have been denied, a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). Compensatory...

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Learning Basic Life Skills in High School

August 17, 2014 By Eric Peres Special Education Articles 2 Comments »

What should families expect their children to learn in a life skills class at the high school level? A simple question; however, I think many schools seem to...

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Help Your Struggling Reader Develop a Strong Vocabulary

August 15, 2014 By Dr. Gary G. Brannigan and Dr. Howard Margolis Special Education Articles Comments Off

If struggling readers do not have strong knowledge of the vocabulary they hear in class and see when reading, they cannot become good readers. Below are three easy...

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When Food goes from Foe to Friend

July 27, 2014 By Dennise Goldberg Special Education Advisor Blog 2 Comments »

As many of you know, over the years I have written about our son’s difficulty with food.  From the very beginning with his texture sensitivity with food, apraxia...

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Learning Outside the Box

July 11, 2014 By Barbara Lipscomb Special Education Articles Comments Off

As children and parents negotiate their way through the final weeks of summer and approach the beginning of a new school year, they experienced the inevitable and vast...

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The Five Keys to Unlocking a Successful School Year

By Samantha Feinman, Program Director, New Frontiers in Learning and Casey Schmalacker, Coach, New Frontiers in Learning Special Education Articles 1 Comment »

Executive functioning skills are essential to succeed in life. Certain executive functioning skills, such as time management and organization, help individuals in their jobs, daily chores, and day...

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Orton-Gillingham: Who, Where and Why?

July 10, 2014 By Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley Special Education Articles 13 Comments »

To those of you who have tried (and some have succeeded) it seems like you need a secret handshake to get Orton-Gillingham training. After a quick search on...

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ADHD Behavior Management – Teach Your Kids How

July 9, 2014 By Diane Dempster, MHSA, CPC, ACC Special Education Articles 1 Comment »

This is a common refrain at our house – sound familiar? “Son, you look like you’ve lost focus. What do you need to do to get back on...

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