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Top Ten Parental Rights in Special Education

By Dennise Goldberg
Special Education Advisor Blog

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

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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.

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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.

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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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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!

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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.

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Parent’s Guide to Applied Behavior Analysis

A Parent’s Guide to to Applied Behavior Analysis is an informational is designed to provide you with a better understanding of ABA, how your child can benefit, and where/how you can seek ABA services.

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Teaching School Peers about Autism

Peers are naturally curious about their classmates with autism. They want to know how to meet and hang out with them. Teaching peers about autism will help them better understand their classmates who are on the autism spectrum and the idiosyncrasies associated with these disorders. With increased understanding, the focus will shift away from characteristics that may make a classmate appear different and shift toward the positive aspects that make each individual a unique and important part of the school community.

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When the Bus Stops Coming . . . then what?

As parents of children who have IEPs, it feels like we are always thinking about what’s next—next IEP, next placement, next school, next teacher/team. . . . But do we think about those nexts without thinking about the bigger NEXT. What happens at age 18 or 21, when the bus stops coming? Is there life after high school?