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Top Ten Most Viewed Special Education Advisor Blogs of 2010

December 27, 2010 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Dennise Goldberg

10.  A Lesson for All Parents Who Have Children with Special Needs

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. Carly had also been labeled with Moderate Mental Retardation. With the help of her parents and therapists, the computer became her voice. Read the rest of this entry →

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Top Ten Most Viewed Special Education Guest Articles from 2010

December 26, 2010 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Dennise Goldberg

10.  Transitioning your Special Needs Child to Life after High School by Kelly McGuire

Your 15 year old child with a disability has just announced to you that he or she would like to go to college. You’ve heard that young adults with disabilities are attending college more than ever, but before you run head long into the ivory tower, there are some things you need to do. Read the rest of this entry →

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The Magic of Disney has Always Provided Miracles for my Son with Special Needs

December 22, 2010 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Doug Goldberg

We just returned from another successful trip to Disneyland.  If you don’t live in California, you might not realize that our latest Disneyland trip coincided with the largest 4 day thunderstorm that Los Angeles has ever seen.  At times the rain was falling at 2 to 3 inches an hour and the breaks in the rain were few and far between.  So how could we have had such a successful trip?  I will get to that later, but first I need to explain how Disney has provided my family with so many miracles.

If you have kept up with my blogs my son is 9 years old and in his short life he has had speech delays, fine motor delays, gross motor delays, sensory challenges, growth challenges and more.  We started bringing him to Disneyland multiple times a year since he was born. Read the rest of this entry →

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Effective reading comprehension techniques: Clicks and Clunks

December 21, 2010 in Special Education Articles by Jess

The “clicks and clunks” technique was originally introduced by Christine D. Bremer, Sharon Vaughn, Ann T. Clapper, and Ae-Hwa Kim in 2002.  Read their original article here. Read the rest of this entry →

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IEP and Due Process Basics

December 20, 2010 in Special Education Articles by Jess

An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is your first opportunity to discuss with School District officials how your special needs child is progressing within his/her school setting. The IEP takes place annually though it is your right to have one called at any time during the year with 30 days notice. Oftentimes, the School District will be represented by the Assistant Principal, a Resources Room Specialist, your child’s teacher and any one of a number of other individuals including a Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Adaptive PE Specialist and/or a Speech Therapist.  Read the rest of this entry →

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Thoughtful Inclusion

December 18, 2010 in Special Education Articles by Jess

I was recently asked to write about the social skills kids need to have acquired to benefit more fully from an integrated setting. While this is a huge question I will write some basic thoughts on this concept.

Many of you who are familiar with my work know that I talk about the social complexities of the classroom learning environment. While we often only teach social skills for the context of playing or conversing the reality is that students use social thinking and related social skills every moment they are around people including more structured environments like classrooms. While I know our political education plan is quick to advocate the inclusion of all kids into “integrated” settings as much as possible, I encourage “thoughtful inclusion” rather than making blanket statements that “all kids should be included”. Read the rest of this entry →

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High school students trying to help Adult siblings of people with special needs

December 17, 2010 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Jess

We are three high school students who are trying to make a difference by gaining insight into what it is like to be an adult sibling of a person with special needs. We hope that you will consider participating in our study and/or passing this along to numerous people that hopefully will know siblings of people with special needs.  Read the rest of this entry →

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Early screening for hearing loss can prevent academic failure

December 15, 2010 in Special Education Articles by Jess

Hearing loss is the most prevalent childhood birth defect. Each year 12,000 babies are born with some degree of hearing difficulty. Rough estimates of the percentage of children under the age of 18 who have a mild to severe hearing trouble range from 8 to 15 percent.  Read the rest of this entry →

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Teaching Children with Special Needs How to Become a Social Detective

December 14, 2010 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Dennise Goldberg

When I was at my son’s IEP last week, his Recreational Therapist brought in a book that she uses to help with his socialization skills in school.  It’s called “You are a Social Detective” Explaining Social Skills to Kids.  The authors of the book are Michelle Garcia Winner and Pamela Crooke.  They are specialists for people who have Social Learning Challenges as well as Speech and Language Pathologists; we recently posted an article written by them called Social Thinking and Applied Behavior AnalysisRead the rest of this entry →

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Face-to-Face Time

December 14, 2010 in Special Education Articles by Etel Leit, MS

As parents, we go to great lengths to provide our kids with the best life experience.  We have stacks of parenting books next to our beds, we take endless pictures to remember all the “firsts,” we find interesting activities and friends, we expose them to culture, books, new places, etc.  This is all in addition to the endless basic care we give them.  But at the end of the day, we should all keep in mind that parenting is really about building a relationship with our children.  Read the rest of this entry →

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