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Homework for Children with a Disability

July 31, 2011 in Special Education Articles by Jess

So today I am going to talk about homework. OMG! Anyone with an asperger’s child knows what that is all about. After keeping it together all day in a very challenging environment the child then comes home to hours of extra work. Of course, the teacher is not picking on your child. It’s the assignment given out to the class. The only difference being your child’s decompression takes on a much different look then a neurotypical child’s.

Let’s talk about getting home. They walk in the door and absolutely let loose. It can be a fit about anything. It’s not really the object of their ire but rather the releasing of all that pent up tension that they have felt all day. Finally after sitting quiet, a snack and maybe watching their favorite video or tv show its time to look at the homework. Sometimes its not really that bad. Read the rest of this entry →

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Summer is a good time to familiarize yourself with your child’s IEP

July 28, 2011 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Dennise Goldberg

The lazy days of summer will soon be over and whether your child goes back to school in August or September; you should pull your child’s most recent Individualized Education program (IEP) and take the time to read it from cover to cover.  Now is a good time to familiarize yourself with all of your child’s disability, goals, accommodations, class placement, etc….in order to make sure your child’s IEP is implemented correctly in the upcoming fall semester.  It’s important to be familiar in advance so that you are able to begin tracking your child’s services at the beginning of the first semester, instead of finding out sometime in December your school is out of compliance with your child’s IEP.  Also, if you have an IEP meeting coming up in the first semester to discuss amending the current one, now is a good time to write a list of concerns that you have.  You can always add to it when the school year begins, this way you are prepared to have a productive meeting when the time comes.  Read the rest of this entry →

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Dispute Resolution Methods including Due Process and Mediation

July 26, 2011 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Doug Goldberg

When a dispute arises between a parent and the school in an Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting there are a few methods that can be utilized to work out the disagreement.  Most School Districts will have at least one Informal Dispute Resolution (IDR) system in place that can be employed to work out the dispute.  IDR will look different in every school district but most likely it will involve a meeting or phone call with a District employee who was not at the original IEP meeting discussing the disagreement and trying to come to a successful resolution.  IDR is not mandatory and can be skipped if the parents want to exercise their rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) procedural safeguards which could include Mediation or Due Process. Read the rest of this entry →

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Does Your Child Have a Learning Disability?

July 25, 2011 in Special Education Articles by Jess

Concerned that your child’s slipping grades or slow to grasp concepts may be eluding to a Learning Disability? If so you are among a litany of parents across the United States with the same fear.  According to the Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) “there are 4 to 6 % of students classified as having a Learning Disability” (Learning Disabilities, n.d.).  Read the rest of this entry →

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Homework: The Sensory System and Mental Health

July 20, 2011 in Special Education Articles by Jess

It is the fall, school has been in session for over 2 months now, and in many households across America the battle lines have been drawn. On one side: the parents plaintively asking “have you done your homework?” and on the other,  the child—suddenly non-verbal or explosively combative. Read the rest of this entry →

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Six Techniques to Facilitate Early Childhood Speech

July 20, 2011 in Special Education Articles by Jess

The following six techniques and exercises will help facilitate early childhood speech, language, and communicative development; in particular, they will assist the child with a speech & language delay. About.com will feature a video clip of myself explaining and demonstrating each technique.

According to a seminal research by Dr. Todd Risley, American babies from families of all socio-economic levels heard on average 1,440 words per hour, and by age three had practiced saying between 4 million to 12 million words. The difference in how much a parent and child talked to each other was strongly correlated with the differences in the toddler’s vocabulary and intellectual achievement at both at age three and age nine. In other words, children tended to develop better vocabularies and have better intellectual achievement if their parents were more social with them.  Read the rest of this entry →

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Be Your Own Person, Unless You Have Special Needs

July 18, 2011 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Doug Goldberg

My entire childhood all I ever heard from adults was to “be your own man”.  I was quoted brilliant words of inspiration by the likes of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson, such as:

“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.  Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.” (Henry David Thoreau)  Read the rest of this entry →

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Dear School Personnel, Community Members and Neighbors

July 16, 2011 in Special Education Articles by Jess

To Whom it May Concern,

I am the parent of a special needs child.  I was overwhelmed, confused, heart broken and struggling to unravel the complexities before me.

Please do not pass judgement of me without knowing why I did not attend the school PTA breakfasts or community picnics.  Please take a few minutes to understand why I did not take you up on your offer to have lunch or grab a cup of coffee.  Although we see each other in the supermarket or at school functions, I don’t think you really ever knew me, actually, I can guarantee that you did not know me because just as my child was different, so was I. Read the rest of this entry →

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After 27 Years, School Districts in California are once again responsible for Mental Health Services

July 15, 2011 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Dennise Goldberg

Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), children with disabilities are entitled to a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) with the assistance of related services.  One of these related services are mental health services.  A child, who qualifies for special education, has an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and who requires mental health services may receive services at no cost. 

Prior to 1984, California schools were responsible for providing these mental health services for students with an IEP who needed them.  In 1984, the California Assembly Speaker Willie Brown authored AB 3632 requiring counties, not School Districts, to provide these mental health services to the students that qualified.  This was because there were major concerns that students with mental health needs were not receiving proper mental health services as required by IDEA.  After 27 years of California School Districts working jointly with County Mental Health to provide these mental health services, last week all of that changed!! Read the rest of this entry →

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Educational Therapy from my local University

July 13, 2011 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Dennise Goldberg

Living in Southern California, there are many colleges and universities.  We are lucky to be living near California State University, Northridge which has a Learning Center on Campus to help students with Special Needs.  In conjunction with the Michael D. Eisner College of Education, the clinic at the Learning Center provides high quality affordable services for children with learning differences, such as literacy challenges.  This summer, the center is working with the Association of Educational Therapists (AET) to provide Educational Therapy for students to work on their skills.  Read the rest of this entry →

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