Feb / 16

A Parent’s Perspective

IEPcontent Diversity, Learning Disabilities, Raising Awareness, Special Education, Special Needs 0

When working with children living with special needs it is always important to consider the perspective of a parent – and you’ll often see a diverse perspective from Parent to Parent. One Parent blogged about her perspective on diversity after having a child with down syndrome. Many have a certain preconceived notion about children with […]

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Feb / 15

Thinking Outside the Chair

IEPcontent In The Classroom, Learning Disabilities, Special Education 0

Sensory processing disorders can affect a child’s ability to learn in numerous ways – essentially, the student has difficulty processing information their senses take in – generally things like sound, touch, taste, sight, and smell. But sensory processing disorders can affect the sense of body awareness, movement (balance and coordination) as well as an over […]

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Jan / 11

Happy New Year! Are You Ready to Go Back to School?

IEPcontent In The Classroom, News & Discussion 0

Now that the new year has come, are you and your child ready to return to school after winter break? A transition back from a long winter break can often be just as challenging as starting a new school year – is your child ready to transition back? More importantly, is your IEP team ready […]

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Dec / 01

Like A Sponge

IEPcontent In The Classroom, News & Discussion 0

You’ve probably heard the phrase that ‘a child’s brain is like a sponge’ – but do you truly understand what that means, and how important those early years for a child’s development are? Sure, most people advise new parents to read to their child, and talk to them – that those tools help the child’s […]

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Nov / 17

Art in Education

IEPcontent In The Classroom, News & Discussion, Raising Awareness, Special Education 0

Studies show us that there are plenty of cases where students learn to sing before they talk, can perform drama before they can make friends or can express their feelings in paint before verbally. These students teach us that a one size fits all learning model does not always work – and especially doesn’t always […]

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Nov / 16

Athletics and Special Education: More Than APE?

IEPcontent In The Classroom, News & Discussion, Raising Awareness, Special Education 0

Physical education plays an important role in every child’s development. Participation in school wide physical education increases physical and social growth for all students – including those living with special needs. Students not only benefit from the physical effects of physical education, but can achieve higher self-esteem, understanding of teamwork, sensory relief and better overall […]

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Nov / 09

Lacking Mental Health Training

IEPcontent In The Classroom, Mental Health, News & Discussion 0

Despite the fact that a teacher is one of the first lines of defense for mental illness for a student, most do not receive appropriate training to identify and support these needs. “The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that one in five children has or will have a severe mental health disorder.” Yet a […]

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Nov / 03

A Kinder Smile

IEPcontent News & Discussion, Resources for Parents 0

We easily take for granted something as simple as visiting the dentist for a cleaning – we may delay appointments, or even avoid them altogether. But what really is a simple task for us – that we simply do not prefer – can be unbearable or frightening those living with disabilities. From understanding treatment to […]

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Nov / 01

Technology and Teaching Self-Control?

IEPcontent In The Classroom, News & Discussion, Technology 0

Technology can be a double edge sword when it comes to raising children – especially in today’s age of technology existing and growing, everywhere. But when it comes to education, educators have found technology to be an extremely helpful resource from developing reading skills, assisting children with communication to academic supports. Taking technology further, many […]

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Oct / 06

Extended School Year

IEPcontent In The Classroom, News & Discussion, Raising Awareness, Special Education 0

Extended school year is a concept that not a lot of people know about. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act defines extended school year as special education and related services that are provided to a child with a disability beyond the normal school year of a public agency; in accordance with the child’s IEP; and […]

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Donor contributions go to fund community presentations which help educate and empower families to advocate on behalf of their children living with special needs. Additionally, donor contributions fund pro-bono sponsorship of low income families who require legal aide. Donor contributions flow directly to students living with disabilities and their families who fight for the right to a free and appropriate public education.