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Autism: Breaking Down the Disorder

February 28, 2011 in Special Education Articles by Jess

Imagine for a moment that you meet a five-year-old boy at a birthday party. This boy is withdrawn, he continuously flaps his hands in the air, and he paces around the room. He makes minimal eye contact, shifts between wanting no attention and appearing like he can’t get enough, and speaks in short repetitive phrases.
In later discussing this child with friends, they conclude that this child is autistic. They could be wrong. There could be vastly different explanations for his behavior. Could they be the result of an off day, exhaustion or a need for solitude?  This paper will demonstrate that such behaviors can be influenced by physical, biomedical, developmental, or emotional forces. Read the rest of this entry →

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The Magic of Disney Part 2: Matterhorn, Pluto & the Twist

February 27, 2011 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Doug Goldberg

If you have kept up with my past blogs you know how much the House of Mouse means to my family and especially to my son who turned 10 this past week.  This year he wanted to go to Disneyland for his birthday and stay at his favorite place, the Disneyland Hotel.  We have stayed at the Disneyland Hotel many times in the past but have not been there in over 2 years because the rooms had become run down and the cost had continued to rise.  Since they have spent the last 2 years renovating the rooms and your child only turns 10 (double digits) once in his lifetime, we decided to splurge.  Once again, Disney did not let us down and we had another memorable experience.  Read the rest of this entry →

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Top Ten Common Mistakes Made at an IEP

February 25, 2011 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Doug Goldberg

10.  Discussing placement before everything else has been established (i.e. needs, present level of performance, goals, etc);

9.  Going alone to the meeting and not bringing support.  Support could be your spouse, a friend, one of your child’s therapists, an advocate or attorney;

8.  Signing the IEP at the meeting before reviewing it at home.  Give yourself some time to process everything that transpired in the meeting and re-read the IEP at home; Read the rest of this entry →

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Transactional Disability

February 23, 2011 in Special Education Articles by Jess

I’ve written on this before, but this week I introduced the idea of “Transactional Disability” to my class at Michigan State University as we discussed classroom strategies for ADHD. One major disussion the students had involved the question of whether ADHD was a “socially constructed” disability or a “medical condition.” This was driven, in part, by an article we’d read looking at a comparison between Sweden and the US, and the vastly different rates of ADHD diagnosis and the very different ways this “disorder” is accommodated. It seems important, so I wanted to bring it up once more… Read the rest of this entry →

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Learning disabilities as a mountain

February 21, 2011 in Special Education Articles by Jess

I view nonverbal learning disability (NLD) (or any disability) as a mountain between where we are and where we want to be. Some mountains are small, some are huge; some feature gentle slopes, others have vertical cliffs. In any case, there are four things you can do when confronted with a mountain in your path. Read the rest of this entry →

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IEP Recreation: There is no Friendship Algorithm

February 20, 2011 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Dennise Goldberg

Making friends isn’t easy for anyone but becomes even more difficult if you are a child with special needs who has an Individualized Education Program (IEP).  While most schools use an IEP to primarily focus on academics, one of the most overlooked uses is to help with socialization and recreation.  The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) allows for support services, known as “Related Services” that helps the child receive a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE).  The definition of Related Services as defined by IDEA says:  Read the rest of this entry →

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IEP Goals And Objectives: Are These Any Good?

February 19, 2011 in Special Education Articles by Jess

To develop IEP goals (and, in some states and situations, objectives) that are meaningful, measurable, and manageable, requires a  preliminary step that too many IEP Teams rush though: Writing a quality Present Levels section (“present levels of academic achievement and functional performance”) of the IEP. This section forms the basis and justification for all goals and objectives. In turn, the goals and objectives form the basis for all services and placements.

Because goals and objectives are so critical to obtaining the services your child needs, and to monitoring his progress, it’s critical to understand the flaws that characterize so many goals and objectives. Below are some of my comments, slightly edited, from two brief evaluations I did of a third grader’s IEP. The name is fictionalized and I have the parent’s permission to use the materials. Read the rest of this entry →

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New Autism Test: Eye Tracking with Video

February 16, 2011 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Doug Goldberg

As I started my normal morning routine the other day something caught my attention.  Every morning like clockwork the television goes on the local morning news and I roll over, grab my blackberry, and start checking emails.  Normally, I focus mostly on the blackberry and the local morning show becomes white noise, but today something caught my attention.  The teaser said, “Coming up next a new Autism test which can help diagnosis Autism in infants”.  The blackberry went back on the nightstand and I waited patiently for the upcoming segment.  Read the rest of this entry →

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Effective reading comprehension techniques: F.A.C.T. Mnemonic

February 15, 2011 in Special Education Articles by Jess

A mnemonic, (pronounced ni-mon’-ik) is a device used as a memory aid.

The F.A.C.T. mnemonic helps students organize and remember important comprehension strategies. The letters inF.A.C.T. stand for effective, research supported strategies that support comprehension:  Focus, Ask questions, Connect, and Turn on the visuals. Read the rest of this entry →

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The IEP Label: Just Get Your Child Some Help

February 14, 2011 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Dennise Goldberg

We are a society of labels and the school system is no different. Parents love to hear when their child is labeled “Gifted” and cringe if their child is labeled “Special Needs.”  I’m writing this to help parents overcome their disdain for the “Special Needs” label.  If you have been told by your school that your child should be tested for Special Education services, then your child is most likely Not Able to access the curriculum in school successfully.  If that is the case, then you as the parent have a responsibility to find what is going on with your child; even if that means he/she could be given the label of “Special Needs.” Read the rest of this entry →

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