Schools and IEPs

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.

Schools and IEPs

What is Inclusive Preschool Education?

Inclusive education is a system in which students with developmental disabilities can attend school with their typically developing peers. An inclusive preschool system integrates special education and related services into all aspects of its program.

Schools and IEPs

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.

Speech and Language

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.

Speech and Language

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.”

Speech and Language

Communication Disorders: Reasons for Early Intervention

Can your child benefit from early intervention by a speech-language pathologist?

Down Syndrome

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.

Down Syndrome

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

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 Nutrition

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.

Learning Styles

Children’s Learning Styles

Learning styles is a term that refers to different ways in which we learn, process, and retain information.

Pre Academic Skills

Building Early Mathematics Skills

Developing early math skills helps build critical thinking and problem solving skills for young children.

Schools and IEPs

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.

Schools and IEPs

How Students with Developmental Disabilities and Disabilities Can Get Involved with Peers

How do we effectively suggest and implement better involvement between our students with developmental disabilities 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 developmental disabilities.


The Anti-Bullying Program: Do Anti-Bullying Programs Work for Children With Developmental Disabilities?

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.

Motor Skills

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.

Social and Emotional Development

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 and Emotional Development

Social-Emotional Development at Different Stages

The stages of social-emotional development for children.

Behavior and Discipline

Behavior Due to Individual Differences

Genetic and biological factors influence a child’s individual personality and development.

Behavior and Discipline

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.

Parent Child Connections

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!

Self Regulation and Mutual Regulation

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.

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