Parent to Parent Tips

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Parent Tips: Riding a Special Needs Bus

What parents can do to help ensure students are safe

By Howard County Autism Society

The IEP team has decided that your student qualifies for special needs transportation to and from home and school. Now what? Your student’s bus ride can set the tone for her school day and help with the transition from school to home or after-school activities. With so much at stake, how can parents help ensure students are safe and secure while riding the school bus?


Out of School Time for All

Tips for Parents and Caregivers from Disability Rights Maryland

Taking part in fun, engaging activities outside the school day is good for all children. Giving young people with and without disabilities the opportunity to participate together is beneficial to all.

Your child should be able to participate fully in an out-of-school-time program

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10 Things to do Before School Starts

Set up your child for success this year by reviewing his IEP or 504 Plan, developing organization systems with him, communicating with teachers, and more.


Starting a New IEP Advocacy Year: Back to School Tips

It’s that time again! For parents of children with special needs, “back to school” means the start of a new IEP advocacy year. Here are some tips to keep in mind:


Ensure a Smooth New School Year for Your Child with Special Needs

Lucie P. Lawrence, PhD
Family Communication and Disability Specialist

The beginning of a new school year is a time of great enthusiasm and anticipation. But for some, it also means stress, anxiety, and trepidation. Families raising kids with special needs face numerous challenges throughout the school year.

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Download: Back-to-School Introduction Letters

By Amanda Morin

Writing a back-to-school introduction letter to your child’s teacher can help get the school year off to a good start. It’s also a great way to start building a positive relationship.

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Back-to-School: Tips for Parents of Children with Special Needs

By Kandace Wernsing

A new school year means a new grade, new teachers, new goals, and maybe even a new school! In order to help you and your child with special needs be as successful as you can be, we’ve put together a list of eight helpful back-to-school tips that we hope will make the transition into a new school year a little easier for you and your child.


Strategies to Handle Anxiety with Your Child During the Summer

Do you see an increase in anxiety during the summer? Are you exhausted from trying to convince him or her that everyday tasks are not the enemy? If you’re tired of battling anxiety? Read on.

Studies show that nearly 40 percent of children and adolescents with autism have clinically elevated levels of anxiety,

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What is Universal Design for Learning?

By Lisa Carey, M.A., CILSE Education Consultant, and Amanda Hughes, M.Ed., 2016-2017 CILSE Fellow
June 7, 2016

The Higher Education Opportunity Act (2008) defines Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as “a scientifically valid framework for instructional and learning environment design” that aims to help all students become expert learners

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Six Tips to Make Sure Your Child Does not Get Lost in the Classroom

by Ilana Danneman

It’s become quite challenging to navigate our educational system. Between specialized testing, core curriculum objectives, increased diagnosis for kids with autism and SPD and the flurry of information we ingest every day, it’s no wonder we all feel a bit lost. So do our kids.