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My Child has a Medical Diagnosis why doesn’t he Qualify for an IEP?

March 19, 2014 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Doug Goldberg

I often hear from parents, I have just gotten a medical diagnosis for my child and have set up my first IEP meeting to qualify them to receive services.  That medical diagnosis could be ADHD, a learning disorder, a mood disorder, an anxiety disorder, pervasive developmental disorder or a whole host of others.  These are typically the same parents that are blown away when the School District tells them they don’t qualify. Read the rest of this entry →

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Traumatic Brain Injury Fact Sheet

October 6, 2013 in The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities by Jess

Susan’s Story

Susan was 7 years old when she was hit by a car while riding her bike. She broke her arm and leg. She also hit her head very hard. The doctors say she sustained a traumatic brain injury. When she came home from the hospital, she needed lots of help, but now she looks fine.

In fact, that’s part of the problem, especially at school. Her friends and teachers think her brain has healed because her broken bones have. But there are changes in Susan that are hard to understand. It takes Susan longer to do things. She has trouble remembering things. She can’t always find the words she wants to use. Reading is hard for her now. It’s going to take time before people really understand the changes they see in her. Read the rest of this entry →

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Spina Bifida Fact Sheet

October 6, 2013 in The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities by Jess

Juan José’s Story

This story comes to you from the Real Stories collection of the Spina Bifida Association.

I remember when the doctors told me my child had hydrocephalus and myelomeningocele and that he would not be able to do anything that another child would do. I was devastated to say the least!

Through the years, my son has proved them wrong time and time again by overcoming obstacles that having Spina Bifida can give. He spoke his first sentence at nine months old, he crawled on time, he used a wheelchair for the first time at 12 months old. My son is now an honor student in “regular” education classes and very active in wheelchair sports. He has many friends and excels in everything that he does. Read the rest of this entry →

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Speech and Language Impairments Fact Sheet

October 6, 2013 in The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities by Jess

A Day in the Life of an SLP

Christina is a speech-language pathologist. She works with children and adults who have impairments in their speech, voice, or language skills. These impairments can take many forms, as her schedule today shows.

First comes Robbie. He’s a cutie pie in the first grade and has recently been diagnosed with childhood apraxia of speech—or CAS. CAS is a speech disorder marked by choppy speech. Robbie also talks in a monotone, making odd pauses as he tries to form words. Sometimes she can see him struggle. It’s not that the muscles of his tongue, lips, and jaw are weak. The difficulty lies in the brain and how it communicates to the muscles involved in producing speech. The muscles need to move in precise ways for speech to be intelligible. And that’s what she and Robbie are working on.

Next, Christina goes down the hall and meets with Pearl in her third grade classroom. While the other students are reading in small groups, she works with Pearl one on one, using the same storybook. Pearl has a speech disorder, too, but hers is called dysarthria. It causes Pearl’s speech to be slurred, very soft, breathy, and slow. Here, the cause is weak muscles of the tongue, lips, palate, and jaw. So that’s what Christina and Pearl work on—strengthening the muscles used to form sounds, words, and sentences, and improving Pearl’s articulation.

One more student to see—4th grader Mario, who has a stutter. She’s helping Mario learn to slow down his speech and control his breathing as he talks. Christina already sees improvement in his fluency. Read the rest of this entry →

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Tourette Syndrome Fact Sheet

October 6, 2013 in The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities by Jess

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), our nation’s special education law, defines 14 categories of disability under which a child may be found eligible for special education and related services. One of those categories is “Other Health Impairment,” or OHI, for short. Within OHI’s definition, numerous disabilities and medical conditions are explicitly named. Tourette syndrome is one such.

This short resource page accompanies NICHCY’s fact sheet on Other Health Impairment and provides a brief overview of Tourette syndrome and connections to sources of additional information. Read the rest of this entry →

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Sickle Cell Anemia Fact Sheet

October 6, 2013 in The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities by Jess

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), our nation’s special education law, defines 14 categories of disability under which a child may be found eligible for special education and related services. One of those categories is “Other Health Impairment,” or OHI, for short. Within OHI’s definition, numerous disabilities and medical conditions are explicitly named.  Sickle Cell Anemiais one such.

This resource page accompanies the fact sheet on Other Health Impairment and provides a brief overview of sickle cell anemia and connections to additional information. Read the rest of this entry →

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Rheumatic Fever Fact Sheet

October 6, 2013 in The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities by Jess

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), our nation’s special education law, defines 14 categories of disability under which a child may be found eligible for special education and related services. One of those categories is “Other Health Impairment,” or OHI, for short. Within OHI’s definition, numerous disabilities and medical conditions are explicitly named. Rheumatic fever is one such.

This short resource page accompanies the fact sheet on Other Health Impairment and provides a brief overview of rheumatic fever and connections to sources of additional information. Read the rest of this entry →

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Nephritis Fact Sheet

October 6, 2013 in The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities by Jess

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), our nation’s special education law, defines 14 categories of disability under which a child may be found eligible for special education and related services. One of those categories is “Other Health Impairment,” orOHI, for short. Within OHI’s definition, numerous disabilities and medical conditions are explicitly named. Nephritis is one such.

This short resource page accompanies the fact sheet on Other Health Impairment and provides a brief overview of nephritis and connections to sources of additional information. Read the rest of this entry →

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Leukemia Fact Sheet

October 6, 2013 in The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities by Jess

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), our nation’s special education law, defines 14 categories of disability under which a child may be found eligible for special education and related services. One of those categories is “Other Health Impairment,” orOHI, for short. Within OHI’s definition, numerous disabilities and medical conditions are explicitly named. Leukemia is one such.

This short resource page accompanies the fact sheet on Other Health Impairment and provides a brief overview of leukemia and connections to sources of additional information. Read the rest of this entry →

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Lead Poisoning Fact Sheet

October 6, 2013 in The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities by Jess

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), our nation’s special education law, defines 14 categories of disability under which a child may be found eligible for special education and related services. One of those categories is “Other Health Impairment,” or OHI, for short. Within OHI’s definition, numerous disabilities and medical conditions are explicitly named. Lead poisoning is one such.

This short resource page accompanies the fact sheet on Other Health Impairment and provides a brief overview of lead poisoning and connections to sources of additional information. Read the rest of this entry →

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