What do we want? Ideal situations for all of our students. When do we want them? Years ago! For change to happen, better ideas have to present themselves. Sure, some school systems are catching on – but sometimes they need a nudge. How do we effectively..
Helping special-needs young adults transition from school to work takes commitment, communication High-school and college graduations are exciting milestones for parents of neurotypical young adults. For parents of young adults with disabilities and speci..
Dealing with big physical and emotional changes in your adolescent At a parent group meeting, a mother asked “since my daughter’s mental age is about a third grade level, why is she starting her period? This doesn’t seem possible.” All children go..
In the Beginning The High School Years Now that your child is in high school, you will need to start meeting annually with the school to create your child’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP). You may have already begun the IEP process earlier i..
Preparation for the Journey Looking ahead, it might seem overwhelming to already begin thinking about your child’s transition from high school to adulthood. After all, he or she just started middle school. It is important to remember, though, tha..
Employment or College? After Graduation Whether your child goes on to a postsecondary education or not, he or she will need to transition into the “real world.” Depending on the level of their abilities, this may mean finding employment, enrolling the..
Siblings Perspectives: Some guidelines for parents There is little doubt that those of us raised with siblings have been influenced by that relationship. Living with a brother or sister with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) adds more significant and uniq..
It’s the Fourth of July and families everywhere… wait in anticipation for late afternoon picnics on the beach with a large group of friends and family, and excitement builds for the annual fireworks display that always follows. For some children (and ..
While other babies were babbling up a storm, Joey Wasikowski wasn’t able to form sounds or say “da-da.” In fact, he didn’t start talking at all until he was 6-years-old. Even now at the age of 10, the 4th grader can only speak in 3- to 5-word utte..
“Having a special needs child changes your life and tests your marriage,” says Nancy Flanders, of Essex Junction, Vermont. Nancy and her husband, Steve, have experienced the ups and downs that go along with parenting and care-giving to their two-year-..