What if You Don’t Agree with the Proposed IEP Services?
Signing the IEP form denotes your agreement with the plan and will allow services to begin. Here’s what to do if you don’t agree with the plan.
What is Inclusive Preschool Education?
Inclusive education is a system in which students with special needs can attend school with their typically developing peers. An inclusive preschool system integrates special education and related services into all aspects of its program.
What Are Designated Instructional Services (DIS)?
Your child may be eligible for Designated Instruction Services (DIS), also known as related services. These support services help a child benefit from his special education program.
Communication Disorders: Approaches to Early Intervention
If your child is a late talker or has other challenges with communication, early intervention will likely be recommended.
Atypical Communication in Young Children
Late-talking children are those at age two with a vocabulary of fewer than 50 words and who use limited or no two- or three-word combinations, such as “more juice.”
Communication Disorders: Reasons for Early Intervention
Can your child benefit from early intervention by a speech-language pathologist?
An Introduction to Down Syndrome
Down syndrome is a genetic variation that affects one out of 800 to 1,000 babies born in the United States.
Developmental Patterns of a Child with Down Syndrome
Every child is unique and develops at his or her own pace. This is especially true of children with Down syndrome whose rate of development is even more variable.
Down Syndrome: Mealtimes with Your Child
It is not uncommon for mealtime to occasionally be a source of stress and frustration for parents and children alike. For children with Down syndrome, there may be additional circumstances that lead to more challenges with eating and swallowing.
Puberty and Your Child with Autism
All children go through puberty regardless of IQ or social skills.
Reading and Vocabulary for a Child with Autism
Parents are invested in improving their child’s vocabulary and reading skills. This is especially import for a child who has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Growth and Growth Charts for Children with Special Health Care Needs
Certain genetic or chromosomal abnormalities cause children to have a shorter height, smaller head, or increased or decreased weight compared to typically developing children.
Solutions: The Five Spheres of Influence
A child’s weight is impacted by a variety of factors, some close to home, others influenced by public policies made hundreds or thousands of miles away. Just as each sphere of influence can be part of the problem; it can also be part of the solution.
Children’s Learning Styles
Learning styles is a term that refers to different ways in which we learn, process, and retain information.
Building Early Mathematics Skills
Developing early math skills helps build critical thinking and problem solving skills for young children.
Get Ready for Kindergarten!
Being ready for kindergarten means that your child is able to attend to and learn the information being presented in the academic setting and is emotionally able to interact appropriately with her teacher and fellow students.
How Students with Special Needs and Disabilities Can Get Involved with Peers
How do we effectively suggest and implement better involvement between our students with special needs and their peers?
The Testimonials: A first hand perspective on bullying from parents and children
Stories ripped from the headlines from parents on their child’s experience with bullying.
The IEP: Addressing Bullying with a Child’s IEP
Although they may be targets, children who are bullied do not have to remain victims. With the appropriate tools and support systems in place, a child can be a part of changing the situation.
The Signs: What every parent should know about bullying
Parents must be the primary managers and advocates of their child with special needs.
The Anti-Bullying Program: Do Anti-Bullying Programs Work for Children With Special Needs?
Programs and approaches that work in schools, communities and homes to disable bullying.
How the Eye and the Brain Work Together
Why near sightedness and farsightedness occur.
Typical and Atypical Motor Development
Most children develop skills in similar patterns and at similar times. But attaining milestones varies, based on each child’s family and personal history and environment.
What is Social-Emotional Development?
How do children start to understand who they are, what they are feeling, what they expect to receive from others?
Social-Emotional Development at Different Stages
The stages of social-emotional development for children.
Behavior Due to Individual Differences
Genetic and biological factors influence a child’s individual personality and development.
Positive Discipline and Guidance for Children
Practicing consistent, positive discipline is one of the most important ways you can support your child’s healthy development.
Attachment and Exploration: The Toddler Years
Although you may try desperately to contain your toddler’s enthusiasm, making attempts to keep things out of reach or out of sight, your little one is driven to continue her search and discovery mission!
Help Infants Learn Self Regulation Through Relationships
When babies are born, they have very little ability to regulate themselves. The development of self-control occurs within the context of the infant-caregiver relationship.