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10 tips on How Parents Can Help their Child Organize for School

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 →

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Do Not Focus on the Label……Focus on the Areas of Need

February 19, 2013 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Dennise Goldberg

In the special needs community, children are given labels based on their disability.  The most common diagnosis a child may be given are Autism, ADHD or Specific Learning Disability; in fact, the most common eligibility for an IEP in this country is Specific Learning Disability.  Ask yourself this question….does the label your child has be given accurately define all their areas of need?  In many cases it does not; many children may have one diagnosis but also exhibit symptoms from other disabilities as well.  Maybe your child has a Learning Disability but they also have Sensory Processing issues as well.  Your child may have a diagnosis of Autism but also exhibits symptoms of ADHD or ODD too.  For some children, they might have any of the three most common disabilities and also experience struggles with Mental Health.  I think it’s safe to say that most children have multiple areas of need. Read the rest of this entry →

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Abled and disabled

April 18, 2011 in Special Education Articles by Jess

I’m disabled. More specifically, I’m learning disabled. Even more specifically, I have nonverbal learning disabilities. Not differences, disabilities. There are things that virtually all NT people (NT = neurotypical, the acronym for people who think they don’t need one) .   A  ‘difference’ is something you might choose – more rational or more emotional? More mathematical or more artistic? – A disability is something you wouldn’t choose, and I’m disabled. I am, that is, UN able to do some things. Hence the word. Read the rest of this entry →

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The IEP Label: Just Get Your Child Some Help

February 14, 2011 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Dennise Goldberg

We are a society of labels and the school system is no different. Parents love to hear when their child is labeled “Gifted” and cringe if their child is labeled “Special Needs.”  I’m writing this to help parents overcome their disdain for the “Special Needs” label.  If you have been told by your school that your child should be tested for Special Education services, then your child is most likely Not Able to access the curriculum in school successfully.  If that is the case, then you as the parent have a responsibility to find what is going on with your child; even if that means he/she could be given the label of “Special Needs.” Read the rest of this entry →

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