December 6, 2013 in Featured, Special Education Advisor Blog by Doug Goldberg
Twas the night before an IEP meeting, when all through the house, every creature was stirring and running about. The assessments were filed in a notebook with care, in the hope that we’d get a one on one aide.
My son was having another tantrum in his bed, while visions of ABA therapy danced in my head; And I knew that I was out of my element since I’d never been taught any behavior strategies. When up in the attic arose such a clatter, I sprang from the room to see what was the matter.
Away to the attic I flew like a flash, tore up the ladder and then fell with a crash. I picked myself up, just as the light from above gave luster to my wife holding her stash. And what to my wandering eyes did she have but the behavior analysis thought lost long ago. Read the rest of this entry →
October 20, 2013 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Dennise Goldberg
As we all know, many children with special needs require structure in their daily lives. From the time they wake up in the morning until the time they go to bed. We as parents are responsible for organizing their schedule throughout the day with therapies, play dates, after school sports…etc. However, during those hours most children will also be in some type of educational setting. Unfortunately, some children with special needs have poor organizational skills which can affect their ability to access the school’s curriculum. Whether your child is in kindergarten or high school, I’m sure they struggle with organization at some level. Here are a few tips on how you can help your child with organization for the school environment. Read the rest of this entry →
September 2, 2013 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Dennise Goldberg
The new school year has begun and many of your children are attending middle school for the first time in their lives. It’s a difficult transition for all kids; it’s especially difficult for a child with special needs. The curriculum becomes harder and there is new schedule of classes they will have to follow. The days of sitting in one classroom for all academic instruction is now over. In addition, kids have to be able to run to their hall lockers in between classes and make it to their next period without being tardy. To make matters worse, most kids will be required to change for P.E…..then change back into their regular clothes to go to their next period on time. It’s been many years since I attended middle school; however, when my son started last year, he had a difficult time adjusting the first semester. The following are few tips that helped my son navigate through his first year of middle school. Read the rest of this entry →
August 20, 2013 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Doug Goldberg
Accommodations – Accommodations do not reduce grade level standards but rather help provide access to the curriculum. Accommodations can include visual presentation, auditory presentation, multi-sensory presentation, response, setting, organization, timing and scheduling.
When choosing accommodations make decisions:
- Based on individualized needs;
- That reduce the effect of the disability to access the curriculum;
- That are specific about the Where, When, Who and How the accommodations will be provided;
- With input from parents, teachers, student and therapists; and
- Based on specific needs in each content area. Read the rest of this entry →
August 19, 2013 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Dennise Goldberg
In General the term Related Service means services designed to enable a child with a disability to receive a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) as described in the Individualized Education Program (IEP) as may be required to assist a child with a disability to benefit from special education. The Related Services most people are familiar with are Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Transportation.
The following list describes ten Related Services you may not know about: Read the rest of this entry →
August 4, 2013 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Doug Goldberg
How does a parent, who doesn’t have a degree in their child’s suspected disability, fight for the proper amount of services when the school specialist is recommending something less than the parent thinks is necessary.
The parent could always get a private assessment done and submit the results to the IEP team, but not all parents have the means to pay for a private assessment. This is why IDEA allows parents to ask for an Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE) at public expense. The only way a School District can stop from paying for an IEE is to file for due process and convince a hearing officer that their original assessments were proper. IDEA is very clear in what a School District must do if they turn down a request for an IEE but it’s what happens when the School District says yes that can sometimes bother me the most. Read the rest of this entry →
July 30, 2013 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Dennise Goldberg
10. Get your child excited about going back to school by talking with them about it.
9. Go school supply shopping with your child and let them choose the school supplies that they want…..within reason of course!
8. If your child receives transportation, make sure it’s arranged in advance and that your child is fully informed so that they are comfortable with it. Read the rest of this entry →
June 15, 2013 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Doug Goldberg
Over the years, there have been many famous quotes about the responsibilities of a father. As Father’s Day approaches this Sunday, the three that speak to me the most are:
“Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a Dad.” (Anne Geddes);
“I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.” (Sigmund Freud); and
“It is a wise father that knows his own child.” (William Shakespeare) Read the rest of this entry →
May 27, 2013 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Dennise Goldberg
I can’t tell you how many times people ask me what my son is going to do this summer. My answer is always the same…as little as possible. I know for some kids, they must always have a daily structured schedule, so this blog does not apply to them. For those that need structure please see Summer Shock. For others who have children like my son who have 2-3 hours of homework a day and may be in middle or high school; I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. This was my son’s first year of middle school and what a difference it was from elementary school. He worked so hard all year long; he’s told me several times “I can’t wait until school ends so I can do nothing and relax.” Read the rest of this entry →
May 21, 2013 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Doug Goldberg
One of the most common questions I hear from parents is, what is extended school year? Extended School Year or ESY is not summer school, but rather it is for children with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) who need additional school days to receive a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) and prolonged periods of time off will have a negative impact on them. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) describes extended school year to mean: Read the rest of this entry →