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Seven Myths About Special Needs Life Care Planning

August 31, 2010 in Special Education Articles by Jess

What is a Life Care Plan? 

A Life Care Plan is a plan that incorporates basic needs, goals and strategies for achieving the best quality of life in every area of life for many years to come.  Taking time now to consider your loved one’s current and future needs will help you to realize what aspects need attention to provide the best for their future as well as your own. Read the rest of this entry →

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The Gift of Literacy

August 29, 2010 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Dennise Goldberg

The greatest gift you could give a child is the gift of literacy.  In order to lead a productive and independent life, children have to learn to read.  The time for that is during elementary school.  After the third grade, children are no longer learning to read, they are reading to learn. Read the rest of this entry →

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Response to Intervention (RTI) in determining a Specific Learning Disability (SLD)

August 27, 2010 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Doug Goldberg

In the 2004 reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) the process for determining which children have a specific learning disability (SLD) was altered to include response to intervention (RTI).  This change stemmed from criticism of how children were tested for an SLD, which was primarily looking at the discrepancy between a child’s intellect (IQ) and ability. Read the rest of this entry →

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A 10-point Financial Checklist for Special Needs Families and Caregivers

August 24, 2010 in Special Education Articles by Jess

Generally speaking, parents everywhere want the best for their children – from infancy through old age.  They want them to be as happy as they can be, as healthy as they can be, as successful as they can be.  And for children with disabilities or special needs?  The wishes are the same, of course!  It just may take more time and effort to turn those wishes into reality.  Read the rest of this entry →

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Another Inspirational Story: Never Underestimate a Child with Autism

August 23, 2010 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Dennise Goldberg

In June of this year, Eric Duquette was the Salutatorian of his graduating class.  Not only is Eric an honor student and fluent in Spanish, he also has autism.  When he was 5 years old, he still couldn’t speak.   His parents were told by experts that he would probably end up in an institution.  However, Eric’s parents did not give up hope. Read the rest of this entry →

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A Challenge to all the Fathers of Special Needs Children

August 20, 2010 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Doug Goldberg

It might take a village to raise a child, but it takes a nation to raise a child with special needs.  Once the nation gets involved and laws are enacted, complications always arise.  This is why it is so important for BOTH parents to be fully involved in their child’s special education needs. Read the rest of this entry →

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Behaviorists & Paraprofessionals (Aides)

August 18, 2010 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Doug Goldberg

When dealing with behavior, safety and medical issues for Special Education students often times the IEP team will discuss the use of behavior intervention specialists (behaviorists) or paraprofessionals, such as one on one aides or classroom aides.  It’s important to understand the difference between all of these options and the qualifications of the personnel.  Read the rest of this entry →

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A Lesson for All Parents Who Have Children with Special Needs

August 16, 2010 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Dennise Goldberg

A good friend of mine sent me this video and said “you need to see this if you haven’t yet.” It’s a story about Carly Fleischmann, who at the time, was a 13 year old girl that had severe autism and was non-verbal. A couple of years ago, she started typing words on a computer. Read the rest of this entry →

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Just Showing Up Isn’t Enough to Win a Special Education Due Process Hearing

August 11, 2010 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Doug Goldberg

You have just attended your child’s latest IEP meeting and you are having a disagreement that can’t be worked out.  You leave the meeting frustrated with an unsigned copy of the IEP and start calling Special Education Attorneys to see what your options are.  Read the rest of this entry →

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Time to Re-Assess your Child’s Special Education Goals

August 9, 2010 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Dennise Goldberg

A new school year is almost here and it is time to review your child’s IEP goals to see if there are any changes that need to be made.  The IEP process has been established so that changes can be made to an IEP at anytime.  As a parent, you can always call for an IEP meeting to take place within 30 days of your request. Read the rest of this entry →

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