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Pre-School Assessments Can Serve Many Purposes

August 23, 2012 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Dennise Goldberg

The new school year has begun for many of us, which means another year of IEP’s.  For some parents, it’s their introduction into the world of Special Education.  The pre-school assessments might be their first experience hearing about their child’s areas of strengths as well as areas of needs.  As we all know, the latter is much more difficult to deal with because when our son or daughter was born all we were concerned about was making sure they ate, slept and had on a clean diaper.  The thought of having a child with special needs was not on the list of concerns.  So when a few years pass in a child’s life and they begin to show signs of developmental delay, behavioral problems, etc…parents have to ask the hard question “does my child have special needs?”  Read the rest of this entry →

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Dear Colleague: Least Restrictive Environment Applies to Preschool

July 28, 2012 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Doug Goldberg

“Dear Colleague” might be my two favorite words in the English language when they are being spoken by Melody Musgrove, Director of the Office of Special Education Programs (“OSEP”) for the United States.  Anytime I see a letter from OSEP starting with Dear Colleague, I know I’m about to get a smile on my face.  OSEP doesn’t send these types of letters out unless they feel the School Districts are seriously misrepresenting the intention of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and need a little prodding to get them back on track (this is my opinion anyway).   In the most recent example of the Dear Colleague letter, we get guidance on whether Least Restrictive Environment applies to preschool placement; guess what, it does and I have a grin from ear to ear.  If Jerry had Dorothy at hello in the movie Jerry McGuire, this letter had me at the first sentence: Read the rest of this entry →

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What is Really Meant when someone tells you “Your Child’s not Ready”

August 3, 2011 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Dennise Goldberg

My son is 10 years old and he's had many accomplishments in his young life. These accomplishments have not come easy to him and have required hard work and dedication not only from our family but everyone that works with him. Whenever we start something new, very often we have been told “your child’s not ready.” After ten years of hearing this and proving everyone wrong, experience has taught me what this really means. Let’s start with the following premise; I don’t believe there is anything my child’s not ready for. I do believe it takes my son longer to acclimate to any new activity, environment or academics. So what does, “Your child’s not ready” really mean? In my opinion and experience, this means that the environment, instructor, teacher or therapist is not capable of helping my child. So, if you hear your child’s not ready this is really code for this is not the right environment, instructor, therapy or person to help my child. If that is the case, then it’s time to move on! Having a child with special needs is trial and error and you don’t want to waste precious time trying to put a square peg in a round hole. I wish I had known about the code eight years ago. Read the rest of this entry →

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Preschool For Children with Special Needs

March 13, 2011 in Special Education Articles by Jess

Making choices about the preschool years for your child with special needs can be stressful and confusing.  With so much emphasis on the early years, it is not uncommon for parents to hear every single tick of the clock.  It feels like there is no time for mistakes.  One decision can seem like it will have repercussions for a lifetime.  The fact is, you cannot predict the future outcome of your choices today, but you can make educated decisions based on what you know now.  Read the rest of this entry →

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