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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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Seven Points Parents Should Know Prior to Starting the IEP Journey

April 18, 2013 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Dennise Goldberg

For those of you who beginning the IEP process, I just wanted go through some common misconceptions parents have regarding IEP’s.  They are not magic and do not make all your child’s problems disappear.  It is merely a tool to help your child be more successful in school and receive an appropriate education; as a result, your child will have the opportunity to lead an independent adult life in the future.  Read the rest of this entry →

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Proposed DSM-5 Changes & Autism: Future Implications

January 23, 2012 in Special Education Articles by Jess

Much is being written about the new definition of autism spectrum disorders for the DSM5, most of it not positive. I have to admit, I am one of those persons who is not only very skeptical, but also very disheartened by the new criteria. (Read Here and Here) While Special Education Advisor has several other articles outlining their thoughts concerning the DSM5 and receiving services under the IDEA, (here and here) I have several caveats. Read the rest of this entry →

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The Other Side of the Spectrum

October 9, 2011 in Special Education Articles by Jess

“I’m sure you want to know if he’s on the autism spectrum,” the doctor said. I was dumbstruck. I nodded. An autism spectrum disorder (ASD) was nowhere on my radar but I didn’t let on my surprise.

Instead, I sat through the rest of my son’s doctor’s appointment in a complete fog. How could I be so blindsided? I prided myself for being well informed, investigating all the possible reasons why our sweet, little boy never uttered a mama or dada by the age of 2; why he always fell short of meeting his milestones – turning over, crawling, walking, talking. I always tried to reassure myself that he was on his own developmental track and he would just grow out of it. He’d been given numerous diagnoses none of which explained our child and varied depending on the specialist -- verbal apraxia, sensory integration dysfunction, ADHD, even oppositional defiant disorder (ODD).  Read the rest of this entry →

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Are you worried about medicating your child with ADD or ADHD?

October 22, 2010 in Special Education Articles by Jess

Many of the students I work with have ADD or ADHD (often referred to simply as ADHD), and I often hear from parents that they are concerned about making the decision to give their child medication. A parent recently asked me for my opinion of medicating kids with ADD and ADHD.  Read the rest of this entry →

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