Parent to Parent Tips


Top Ten Parental Rights in Special Education

By Dennise Goldberg
Special Education Advisor Blog

Top Ten

10.  Parents have the right to request that their child be assessed for Special Education without delay.


It’s time to head back to school! Four tips for reducing stress.

by Dr. Peter Faustino

The summer can be an opportunity to recharge and break from school routines, which is why September is often viewed as a mixed blessing. Parents of children with ASD are always trying to plan and prepare ahead of time. Unfortunately, we can’t account for every detail but here are a few tips for reducing the stress associated with back to school.

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Paraprofessionals: Who They Are and What They Do

By Ginny Osewalt

Paraprofessional is the fancy word to describe a host of people who surround and help your child every day at school. They are sometimes called classroom assistants, instructional aides, teacher assistants, and paraeducators.

Parent to Parent Tips


Teaching Self-Calming Skills

By Jessica Minahan, M.Ed, BCBA

“You need to calm down.”

This is something I hear a lot in my work as a behavior specialist when a student starts to get agitated– answering rudely, refusing to work, making insulting comments or whining.


13 Ways a Parent Teacher Association Can Help a Student with Special Needs

Excerpt from Friendship Circle

If you think the PTA can’t or won’t help your special education student, you are wrong.


10 Ways to Be an Effective Advocate for Your Child

As a parent, you are your child’s best education advocate—until he’s old enough and informed enough to speak up for himself. You know your child’s strengths and challenges, and you can help identify and push for the resources your child needs to succeed. Here are some tips to help you advocate for your child at school.

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Three Back-to-School Assignments for Parents

A successful school year often hinges on parent collaboration with the school. Here are three ways to start off the new school year prepared, informed, and involved.


Back to School Preparation Tips

Summertime is almost over, and it’s time to think about gearing up for school. This can be a welcome thought or a scary one! Even    scarier if your child is moving up and making a big change, whether it be out of RECC, into middle school, or onto freshman year in high school. These big moves are huge milestones for any child, but seem even bigger to our kids.  There are some things we can do to make this transition smoother for the kids…and for us!


Starting Middle School

Starting middle school is stressful for any student, but the process can be even more challenging for a student on the autism spectrum (ASD) and for his or her parents. Many things will be different.