Special Education Articles
Driven to Distraction by Anesthesia By Maureen Casey
Messy Handwriting Is a Predictor of ADHD and School Problems in Girls by Claire Nissenbaum, M.A., F.A.O.G.P.E.
Spotting Inattentive ADHD by Tess Mercer
About Neuropsychological Evaluations by Geraldine Markel, Ph.D.
How to Assess and Build Reading Fluency in Children by Karina Richland, M.A., E.T.
How and Why do we Evaluate Attention by William Shryer, DCSW, LCSW
It’s Not All about the Numbers by Dr. Craig Pohlman
I've Decided to pay for a Private Evaluation for My Child - What Should I Expect by Melissa B. Singer, Ph.D.
Learning Disability Identification by Joyce Reynolds-Ward, M.S.
My child needs a psychological assessment – should I have this done through the school or privately? by Melissa B. Singer, Ph.D.
My Child was referred for psychological testing - what does that mean? by Melissa B. Singer, Ph.D.
Stonewalling the IEP by Dr. Gary G. Brannigan and Dr. Howard Margolis
The Common Core Standards: How Will They Change Teaching and Assessment? by Deborah A. Taub, PhD
What a Good IEP Looks Like by Ira David Socol
What do Assessments Results Really Say? by Tim Runner
What is a Cognitive Skills Profile by Mary Jo Cassner
What is a Learning Disability, Really? by Carol Murphy, MA, CCC-SLP
What is Nonverbal Learning Disability (Disorder) by Maureen Finaldi, M.S
When an Attention Deficit Isn’t By Dr. Craig Pohlman
Assistive Technology & EdTech
Assistive Technology: Creating the Perfect Fit by Lindsey Alexander
Blended e-Learning to the Rescue: 6 Available Models by Jan Kuyper Erland
Free for Download: The Updated Freedom Stick by Ira David Socol
The Freedom Stick and “Massive Resistance” by Ira David Socol
Get Organized with the Latest Smart Phone Apps by Ann Dolin
The Invention of the Intel Reader by Melissa Lion
Is the IPAD Good for Kids’ Attention? by Eitan Schwarz
A Mother's Appeal: Look for Hidden Learning Disabilities Early in School by Valerie Chernek & Kathryn Roset
Toolbelt Theory for Everyone by Ira David Socol
Toolbelt Theory, TEST, and RTI - the universally designed technology effort by Ira David Socol
Transactional Disability by Ira David Socol
What is Assistive Technology and How Can it Help Your Child? by Daniela Baker
Writing without the Blocks by Ira David Socol
Autism & Aspergers
ASD and Navigating through Adolescence by Sandy Shaw, Ph.D.
Asperger's Syndrome by William Shryer, DCSW, LCSW
Autism – 1…..Mom – 0 by Jessica
Autism and the Birthday Party by Sabrina Freeman, Ph.D.
Autism: Breaking Down the Disorder by Lori M. Baudino, PSYD, ADTR
Autism in the Age of Technology by Dana Reinecke, PhD, BCBA-D
Autism Inclusion by Flaghouse Inc.
Autistic Teens: the Driving Dilemma By Susan N. Schriber Orloff, OTR/L
Baby Sign Language & Autism by Etel Leit, MS
Beware of the Color Chart by Deb Leach, Ed.D., BCBA
Bring ABA into Inclusive Classrooms Instead of Sending Students with ASD to ABA Schools and Programs By Deb Leach, Ed.D., BCBA
Creative Cognitive Approaches tin the Treatment and Education of the Severely Autistic Children by Rebecca Sperber, MS, MFT
Diagnosis of Autism by Paula M. Santos, Psy.D., BCBA-D, Corporate Clinical Director of Wellspring
DSM 5: A view from the trenches by Robert Naseef, Ph.D.
Early Detection of Autism Spectrum Disorders by Paula M. Santos Psy.D., BCBA-D
Educating Educators: Autism in the Classroom By Mildred Schwarz - Autism Training Solutions
Every time the phone rings....I jump by Robert A. Naseef. Ph.D.
Floor Time: A Developmental Approach to Play Therapy for Children Impacted with Autism by Esther B. Hess, Ph.D.
Freedom, Safety and Parental Peace of Mind by Elise Ronan
Girls and Women on the Autism Spectrum by Kate Reynolds
Going Green: Six Easy Ways to Improve Your Health, Your Home & Relax by Lauren S. Henry
Health Insurance Covergae for Autism and Other Disbailities by Melissa A. Remer, Attorney at Law
I Have to Get Ready for the Real World...but how by Brian R. King
If Acceptance Does Not Mean Giving Up: What Does It Mean? by Robert A. Naseef. Ph.D.
Inclusion Isn’t Just for “High Functioning” Kids with ASD by Deb Leach, Ed.D., BCBA
Meltdown at the Airport By Brian R. King LCSW
Nine Myths About Aspergers by Steve Emfield
Please Step Away From the Child! The Misuse of Paraprofessionals in Inclusive Classrooms By Deb Leach, Ed.D., BCBA
Prompting Using Graduated Guidance By Daniela Fazzio, PhD, BCBA-D
Proposed DSM-5 Changes & Autism: Future Implications By Elise Ronan
Proposed DSM 5 Changes and Autism: What Parents & Advocates Need to Know by Lee Anne Owens
Seven Things I Wish Someone had Told Me When My Daughter Was First Diagnosed with Autism by Bobbi Sheahan with Kathy DeOrnellas, Ph.D.
Social Thinking and Applied Behavior Analysis by Michelle Garcia Winner and Chris Abildgaard
To Punish or Not to Punish by Paula M. Santos, Psy.D., BCBA-D, Corporate Clinical Director of Wellspring
The Integration Ballet by Sabrina Freeman, Ph.D.
The Other Side of the Spectrum by Melanie Costello
Throwing a Party for Children on the Autism Spectrum by Kate Reynolds
Traveling with Children on the Autism Spectrum by Andrew Schlegelmilch, Ph. D.
What Autism Awareness Should be About by David Celiberti, PhD, BCBA-D
What Are You Wearing? by Lauren S. Henry
What Makes a Good Classroom for Student’s with Autism Spectrum Disorders by Ronald Leaf, Rick Schroeder, Leticia Palos-Rafuse & John McEachin, Adapted from a chapter in It’s Time For School: Building Quality ABA Educational Programs (Different Roads to Learning, 2008)
When I Hug My Son, He Doesn't Hug Me Back by Robert A. Naseef. Ph.D.
Do You Need A 504 Plan for Your Child’s Health Needs? by Meryl Ain, Ed.D.
Preventing School Absence from Asthma by Ellie Goldberg, M.Ed.
Developmental Milestones: Relevance to Nursing and Early Childhood Education by Lauren Drakes, MS and Karen Vaughn-Kerns ARNP, CNM, MS
A Matter of Trust By Lyn Pollard
Beware districts forcing settlement agreements By Gregory Branch
Can the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Help Your Child in School? Yes, Now More Than Ever! By Allison Hertog, Esq., M.A.
Counting the Origins of Failure by Ira David Socol
Everyone’s Favorite Part of an IEP Meeting: Continuum of Placement Options By Nicole Reed, Ed.S
Good Functional Behavioral Assessments Lead to More Effective Behavior Intervention Plans By Jennifer Fuller James
How to Get From Here to There in an IEP Meeting by Vaughn Lauer Ph.D.
IEP’s, Football, and the Importance of Coaches by Sandy Strassman-Alperstein
IEP Meeting Minutes By Melissa L. Olive, Ph.D., BCBA-D
If Schools Could Have IEP’s By Gregory Branch, Esq.
Is Your School District Trying to Balance the Budget on the Backs of Special Ed Kids? By Allison Hertog, Esq., M.A.
I say, No cuts for Special Education by Cindy Nemitz
Least Restrictive Environment (LRE): How to Prevent Unnecessary Conflicts By Dr. Gary G. Brannigan and Dr. Howard Margolis
Playing (and Winning) the School District’s Game of Chicken By Robert C. “TJ” Thurston, Esq.
Principal who degraded special education student as “psychopath” retains job by Gregory Branch, Esq.
Putting the D in to the IEP: Why Advocating for a Child with Dyslexia is so Difficult by Kelli Sandman-Hurley, Ed.D.
Roadmap to Transition Planning By Nicole Reed, Ed.S.
Self-Efficacy by Walt Smith
Ten Myths About Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) By Bob Fitzsimmons, M.A., M.Ed., Consultant
Tying the Science of Special Education to the Law by ne M. Zachry – KPS4Parents, Inc
Understanding the Importance of IEP Goals and Objectives By Jennifer Fuller James
Accomodations by Peter Flom
Algebra without Numbers by Ira Socol
Brain Gym Improves Functions by Barbara Schwartz, M.A
Bribes (Or Rewards) – How to Motivate Your Student to be Successful in High School By Dr. Jessica Alvarado
Can Students with Learning Disabilities Learn how to Learn by Dr. Gary G. Brannigan and Dr. Howard Margolis
Developing Time Management Skills by Jason Thomas
Dyscalculia: Not a Cool Math Concept by Lewis Hall
Equine Facilitated Therapy: Three Methods by Carol Murphy, MA, CCC-SLP
Fear Factor: Getting over the Biggest Obstacle to Inclusion by Timothy Villegas
Five Remediation Solutions for Learning Problems by Jan Kuyper Erland
Four Simple Ways to Help the Easily Frustrated Child by Ann K. Dolin, M.Ed.
Getting organized when you are learning disabled by Peter Flom
How to Help With Math by Ann K. Dolin, M.Ed.
How to write a song for Kids By Margie La Bella
In Praise of Praise: The Right Words can Motivate your Child by Ann K. Dolin, M.Ed.
Intensive Sensory Integration Instruction Transforms Handwriting by Jan Kuyper Erland
Learning Disabilities as a Mountain by Peter Flom
Launch your Child to School Success with this Easy-to-Use Strategy by Ann K. Dolin, M.Ed.
Middle School Magic or Madness by Jawanda B. Mast
My Dog Ate My Homework!” – Tips and Tools to Organize Homework and Reduce Stress by Wendy Taylor, M.Ed.
Playroom Design: Designing for Academic Success by Teresa M. Signorelli, PhD, CCC-SLP
Plugged In and Tuned Out: When Technology Intereferes with Homework by Ann K. Dolin, M.Ed.
Ten Easy Tips to Help Your Elementary Age Child Study for a Test by Ann K. Dolin M.Ed.
The Importance of Remediating Dyslexia by Mara Waldhorn
The Treatment of Executive Function Skills using Equine Assisted Therapy and Hippotherapy by Carol Murphy, MA, CCC-SLP
Trashing the Branding Iron by Eldon "Cap" Lee
When Teens Say No to Homework by Ann K. Dolin M.Ed.
Why Is Learning Style So Important? by Ann K. Dolin M.Ed.
Why Parents Need to Know About Neuroplasticity by Nancy Sokol Green
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)
Advocating for Emily Part 1 by Lori Gertz
Advocate On Fire – Emily enters First Grade by Lori Gertz
Seven Myths About Special Needs Life Care Planning by Todd Daniel
Fragile X Syndrome
Strengths and Challenges of Individuals with Fragile X Syndrome by H. Laurie Yankowitz, Ed.D
Four common myths associated with handwriting by Kerri Bailey, OTR/L
Five Practical Sensory Strategies for the Classroom By Sari Ockner, OTR/L
Hand Strengthening Activities for Children By Sari Ockner, OTR/L
In Home Sensory Items You Can Create or Find for Cheap By Sari Ockner, OTR/L
Occupational Therapy: More than just handwriting! by Kelly Beins
Pencil Picks for Sensory Kids By Sari Ockner, OTR/L
A Letter to the MOTHER Who Rolled Her Eyes at My Son by Sharon Fuentes
All about the IEP by Elaine Mulligan
The Anatomy of Self Care by Erica Curtis
The Benefit of Sports for Children with Special Needs by Steve Flores
Become your Teacher’s helper: Tips from ASD kids to Teachers By Elizabeth Kavanagh
Before the school year begins: simple ways to empower your child by Mary Mazzoni
Dear School Personnel, Community Members and Neighbors by Marianne Russo
Does your Child have a Learning Disability by Lisa L. Melton
Encouraging Productive Homework Habits: The Parents Role in Middle and High School by Geraldine Markel, Ph.D.
Fending Off Isolation – 5 Tips from Parents of Kids with Autism By Eric Peacock
Focus, dude by Cynthia Gregory
Get Organized - From the Outisde In by Erica Curtis, MFT, ATR-BC
Helping Parents Begin Conversations with Teachers by Gayle Hernandez, BA/MEd
Holiday Blues Busters by Neil A. Quatrano
Homework for Children with a Disability by Elise Ronan
Homework Hydra Strikes Again by Elise Ronan
Hopes and Dreams by Jess Wilson
How can the BRRRRR Strategy Help You at an IEP Meeting by Dr. Gary G. Brannigan and Dr. Howard Margolis
How to "Connect", Step by Step by Brian R. King
The IEP Zone by Chris Vacek
Is the Behavior in my Child's Control? by Erica Curtis
Make Your Emotions Work for You by Peter Attwood
Monitoring Your Child's Education Through Observation by Stacey Hoaglund, Special Needs Consultant
Scheduling Homework and the Urge to Battle Zombie Mutants by Elise Ronan
Summer Shock by Raven W. Green
Supports for Familes with Children with Disabilities by Natalie “Holly” Reimann, MA, CCC-SLP
The Overwhelming Choices of a Parent by Lori Gertz
Turning Up the Heat...When to Bring in a Lawyer and File for Due Process by Jen Laviano, Attorney at Law
Two Worlds Collide by Penny Williams
What is a Parent Under “IDEA” by Wade Chernick, Attorney at Law
When the child you thought you were going to have is gone by Vanessa Hernandez, Director of Living With Trisomy 13
You are a Parent (Support and Wellness for Parents of Special Needs Children) by Linda M L Bull, MS LLP
You Catch more Bees with Honey... by Barbara Dittrich
Medical versus Educational Therapy by Judy Lindsay, PT
Preschool for Children with Special Needs by Erica Curtis
Reading & Reading Comprehension
Does your child have difficulties learning to read? Orton-Gillingham to the Rescue! by Karina Richland, M.A., E.T.
Help Your Struggling Reader Develop a Strong Vocabulary by Dr. Gary G. Brannigan and Dr. Howard Margolis
How Important is Reading Comprehension with video by Karina Richland, M.A., E.T.
Reading Comprehension by Karina Richland, M.A., E.T.
Reading Disabilities: The Make or Break Grade by Dr. Gary G. Brannigan and Dr. Howard Margolis
Struggling Readers Need Small Class Sizes by Dr. Gary G. Brannigan and Dr. Howard Margolis
The Keys to remembering What You Read by Ann Dolin M.Ed.
The Undiagnosed Disability: Reading Comprehension by Lisa Guffey
What is your Child's Special Education Teacher Reading This Summer by Morgan Kolis, Special Educator
Restraint & Seclusion
End Seclusion and Unnecessary, Dangerous Restraints in Schools. Our Children’s Lives Depend on It. by Denise Stile Marshall, Executive Director, Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc.
Keeping our kids safe at school by Michelle K. Wolf, Parent Advocate and Non-Profit Professional
Speech & Language
Auditory Processing Disorder and Learning by Karina Richland, M.A., E.T.
Are Least Restrictive Environments Actually Most Restrictive Environment In Disguise for Deaf Students? by Dr. E. Lynn Jacobowitz & Dr. Adonia K. Smith
Attaining Success for Second Language Learners by Deborah Jill Chitester M.S., C.C.C/SLP
Bully: A Movie Review by Tanya Gesek, Ph.D.
Developing Communication Skills in the Atypical Child By Jane Iannacconi
Does Sign Language Help or Hurt Children with Special Needs? by Etel Leit, MS
Face to Face Time by Etel Leit, MS
Feeding Therapy: Treating the Whole Child by Melanie Potock
How Sign Language Helps Children With Special Needs by Etel Leit, MS
Is Baby Sign Language just a Parenting Fad? by Etel Leit, MS
Language is not just about Speech by Peter Flom
Lifelong Learning As A Special Ed Therapy Professional By Allie Gray Freeland
Literate Links By Carol Murphy, MA, CCC-SLP
Sign Language is for Children with Special Needs by Etel Leit, MS
Speech Therapy Jargon: Speech & Language Terms by Jacky G.
STOP Playing with Your Food and Just EAT IT! By Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP
Six Techniques to Facilitate Early Childhood Speech by Craig Selinger, MS, CCC-SLP
Spelling Defined by Lisa Guffey
Spelling is often relegated to memorizing a list of words to spell by Sasha Borenstein, M.Ed.
Telepractice Speech and Language Therapy by Melissa Jakubowitz
Telepractice is becoming increasingly popular. Are you on board? by Jeremy Glauser
What is Online Speech Therapy like? by Jeremy Glauser
Abled and Disabled by Peter Flom
Anxiety—The Hidden Disability: It Affects One in Eight Children by Jessica Minahan, M.Ed, BCBA
Change Your Ways! By Pamela Crooke, PhD, CCC-SLP - Social Thinking Center
Creative Music Therapy: Music’s Capacity to Reach Developmental Potential By Stacey Hensel MA, MT-BC, LCAT, NRMT
Crisis Plans in the Classroom by Tanya Gesek, Ph.D.
Crying in Therapy by Natan Gendelman
Fight or Flight: Anxiety in the Classroom by Tanya Gesek, Ph.D.
How to Change Your Child's Behavior the Easy Way by Neil A. Quatrano
Is it Time to Look at Therapeutic Schools? By Lori Gertz
Overnight Camp for my Kid with Special Needs by Ryan Wexelblatt MSS
Reality and misconceptions about helping kids improve their social skills by Ryan Wexelblatt, MSS
Storytelling & Singing with A Group of Children Using Person-Centered Techniques by Sally Rae Rogers M.Ed.
Students at Sierra Academy of Scottsdale Learn Valuable Lessons from Four-Legged ‘Therapists’ By Sierra Academy at Scottsdale
Teenage Mutant Bipolar Heroes by Kit Johnson
The Effects of Sunshine by Lauren Henry
The Importance of Play by Nancy Allard, M.A., OTR/L, Director of The Luma Center™, Valley Forge Educational Services
Thoughtful Inclusion by Michelle Garcia Winner
Top 10 Most Important Sensory Environment Tips by Lauren Henry
What Should a Child's Behavior Treatment Plan Look Like by Steven Kossor, Licensed Psychologist & Certified School Psychologist
Why Do We Need Social Skills by Megann Czekalski, MA, BCABA
Why is He Behaving "That Way"?: The Answer PEAT by Dr. Gary G. Brannigan and Dr. Howard Margolis
Working Together to Educate a Child with an Emotional Disability by Jennifer Fuller James
Assignment Notebooks, IEP's and Teaching a Bad Lesson by Cindy Nemitz
China, Special Education and Time Travel by Chris Vacek
Classroom Magic By Sandra Arntzen, M.Ed
Differentiated Instruction In The Classroom: How Why What and Where By Mari Nosal, M.Ed., CECE
For Special Needs Students at Sierra Schools running a Small Business is a Lesson in Life Skills by Michael Kaufman, President & CEO Specialized Education Services Inc.
High Road "unleashes" a Cheerful New Therapist by Michael Kaufman, President & CEO Specialized Education Services Inc
IEP Goals and objectives: Are these any good? by Dr. Gary G. Brannigan and Dr. Howard Margolis
I'm Not Your Enemy: Secrets From Your Child's Special Education Teacher by Morgan Kolis Special Educator
Injustice stems from fear: One Community by Amanda Gain
Inclusive Class Strategies: How Parents and Teachers Can Work Together by Nicole Eredics
I Was a 6-Year Old Freak by Matthew Ray
Learning Basic Life Skills in High School by Eric Peres
Reinventing the Teacher by Mr. Foteah
Successful Parent-Teacher Partnerships of High School Students by Dr. Jessica Alvarado
The Other Side of the IEP Table by Gail Ray
Teaching Tips and Techniques for Special Needs Educators: Make a Difference by Thinking Differently By Brian D. Hadfield – Middle School Teacher
Thinking About the Futrue? Your Child's Special Education Teacher Should Be. by Morgan Kolis, Special Educator
Top Ten Ways to Tell if Your Child's School is Inclusive by Nicole Eredics
What are CILs, and Why Should You Know About Them? by Mary Mazzoni
What not to Say to LD People by Peter Flom
Working Together to Keep Our Most Challenged Students in Traditional Schools By Michael Kaufman Ph.d
XXX Syndrome: early learning and sensory developmental implications by Susan N. Schriber Orloff, OTR/L