Overcoming the Storm: Guiding Children with Intense Emotions Through Disappointment

Disappointment, while challenging, is an inevitable aspect of life. For parents of special needs children, it presents a unique opportunity to foster resilience, emotional intelligence, and compassion. By teaching children to navigate their emotions, strengthening their support system, encouraging social connections, and nurturing self-compassion, parents can equip their children with the tools they need to face disappointment head-on. Remember, every setback is a setup for a comeback, and with the right guidance, children with special needs can learn to bounce back stronger and wiser.

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Crafting a Compelling Special Education Parent Concerns Letter for IEP Meetings

Crafting a Compelling Special Education Parent Concerns Letter for IEP Meetings

When it comes to navigating the maze of Special Education, the Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting stands as a beacon of hope for parents seeking to advocate for their child's unique needs. Perhaps one of the most powerful tools in a parent's arsenal is the Parent Concerns Letter. This document is more than just a formality; it's the narrative that sets the stage for your child's educational journey, ensuring their voice isn't lost in the process.

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Empowering Special Education with Microsoft's AI Reading Coach

Empowering Special Education with Microsoft's AI Reading Coach

The realm of special education is undergoing a transformative phase with the advent of Microsoft's AI Reading Coach, a state-of-the-art tool that gamifies reading and provides an interactive learning experience. By unlocking new story settings and characters, students are not only learning but also embarking on an engaging literacy journey.

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Ensuring Effective Communication Between Teachers and Parents in Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)

Ensuring Effective Communication Between Teachers and Parents in Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)

Open and ongoing communication between teachers and parents is essential for the success of students with disabilities. What should I do if the school is restricting access to direct communication with my child's classroom teacher?

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Extended School Year and the IEP Student: A Guide for Parents

Extended School Year and the IEP Student: A Guide for Parents

In this post, we will explore the eligibility criteria, data collection to support the need for ESY, what to expect during ESY, and how parents can advocate for their child’s right to these essential services.

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Beyond the Classroom: How Related Services Enhance Your Child's Educational Experience

Beyond the Classroom: How Related Services Enhance Your Child's Educational Experience

As a special education advocate, I have worked with many families who are navigating the complex world of special education. One of the most critical components of a student's individualized education program (IEP) is related services. These services can be essential in supporting the unique needs of students with disabilities, so I want to take a moment to discuss this vital aspect of special education.

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Empathy on the Thanksgiving Menu: Navigating Family Time with a Neurodiverse Child

Empathy on the Thanksgiving Menu: Navigating Family Time with a Neurodiverse Child

Thanksgiving is a time when families come together to celebrate and express gratitude. It's an opportunity to reconnect with loved ones, share delicious meals, and create cherished memories. However, for families with neurospicy kids, navigating Thanksgiving with extended family who may not fully understand their unique needs can be daunting. In this post, we will explore strategies to help you navigate family time during Thanksgiving, ensuring a positive and inclusive experience for your neurodiverse child.

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From Uncertainty to Confidence: How Science-Based Teaching Transforms Reading Instruction

From Uncertainty to Confidence: How Science-Based Teaching Transforms Reading Instruction

I read this article from Education Week titled "I Literally Cried: Teachers Describe Their Transition to Science-Based Reading Instruction." this week, and it made me wonder, what is the hold up on using this instruction with ALL students.

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Shattering Stigma: Recognizing Dyslexia's Strengths and Triumphing Over Weaknesses

Shattering Stigma: Recognizing Dyslexia's Strengths and Triumphing Over Weaknesses

October is an important month for our dyslexic community as we come together to raise awareness about dyslexia. During this Dyslexia Awareness Month, we have an incredible opportunity to celebrate the unique strengths and abilities of individuals with dyslexia. It is equally important, however, to reflect on the significance of recognizing our strengths and weaknesses and embracing them. In this blog post, we will explore why it is vital for us and our children to acknowledge and appreciate our diverse abilities.

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Building Social Connections: Supporting Your Child's Friendships

Building Social Connections: Supporting Your Child's Friendships

Making and keeping friends when you are a kid can be hard, particularly when the child has been diagnosed with ADHD or autism. Building social skills and fostering positive relationships can be challenging for children with ADHD, but with the right guidance and support, they can thrive in their social lives. In this blog, I'll share some tips and strategies that parents can use to help their child make and keep friends.

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From Overwhelmed to Confident: How to Prepare for an IEP Meeting

From Overwhelmed to Confident: How to Prepare for an IEP Meeting

As parents of children with special needs, we know that preparing for an Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting can feel overwhelming. It's a pivotal moment where we advocate for our child's education and ensure they receive the support they need. In this post, I'll guide you through the process of preparing for an IEP meeting, drawing from personal experience, professional expertise, and valuable insights. As a community, let's help each other and navigate this journey together.

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Navigating the Maze: Demystifying IEPs and 504 Plans for Parents

Navigating the Maze: Demystifying IEPs and 504 Plans for Parents

As a parent of a child with special needs, it can often feel overwhelming and confusing to navigate the world of special education. Two commonly used terms that may cause further confusion are Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and 504 Plans. In this blog, we'll focus on breaking down the differences between these two school-based programs, so you can better understand which option may be best for your child.

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The First Step in Advocacy: How to Write a Request for a Special Education Evaluation

The First Step in Advocacy: How to Write a Request for a Special Education Evaluation

In our education system, it is critical that we ensure every child's unique learning needs are met. For students requiring additional support, providing the right services and accommodations is essential. If you believe that your child has a disability and requires such support, writing a letter requesting a full, comprehensive educational evaluation for special education services is the first step toward accessing the resources they need. Let's explore the key elements to include in your letter to help you effectively advocate for your child's educational needs.

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Understanding the Functional Behavioral Assessment: Why Comprehensive Data Collection is Critical

If you're a parent of a child with behavioral issues at school, you may have heard the term "functional behavioral assessment" (FBA) thrown around. But what exactly is an FBA, and why is it important? In this blog post, I'll share the red flags of an FBA that is not done correctly, how to spot if the school had not done due diligence while also discussing the importance of having a qualified person taking data, preferably a BCBA, it should include ABC data and data taken in different times of day, locations, with different people. An FBA is a process that is often used to help identify the underlying causes of a child's challenging behavior. B

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Helping Your Start Off the School Year with Confidence: The Ultimate Guide to the First Few Days

Helping Your Start Off the School Year with Confidence: The Ultimate Guide to the First Few Days

Hey there, fellow parents! As we gear up for the start of a new school year, it's crucial to prepare our kids for a successful and smooth transition. Those first few days can be nerve-wracking, but fear not! I'm here to share some tips on teaching your kids first days of school etiquette. We'll cover everything from addressing teachers, talking to new classmates, asking for help, and creating a healthy routine. Let's dive in!

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Supporting Your Child and their IEP in the New School Year: Engaging Them in the IEP Journey

Supporting Your Child and their IEP in the New School Year: Engaging Them in the IEP Journey

As parents, we want the best for our children, especially when it comes to their education. If your child has an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or a 504 plan, it's essential to involve them in the process. By doing so, you can empower your child to advocate for themselves and ensure that their needs are met. In this blog post, we will explore four key areas of involvement: addressing the beginning of the school year and teacher expectations, teaching them about their accommodations, coaching them on how to kindly remind teachers about their accommodations, and what to do if their access to accommodations is denied.

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Keep Your Kids Engaged This Summer with Fun and Exciting Activities!

The school doors have been closee for summer for a while now, and the days are getting warmer and longer, keeping kids busy, engaged and entertained becomes the new task at hand. Not to worry, we've crafted a fantastic list of potential summer activities that will not only offer delight, but also provide a wide array of learning opportunities. Get ready to make this summer the most memorable one yet!

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Summer Book Bonanza: Free Reading Programs to Keep Kids Engaged and Excited

Summer Book Bonanza: Free Reading Programs to Keep Kids Engaged and Excited

Summer is here, and with it comes a much deserved break for kids to take a break from school and enjoy their free time. However, as parents we know it is vital to keep their minds engaged and continue fostering their love for reading. That's why I've compiled a list of free summer reading programs for kids that parents can take advantage of to keep their children's reading skills sharp during the break. So, let's dive in!

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Supercharge Your Summer: Boosting Reading Skills with Private Tutors and DIY Programs

Supercharge Your Summer: Boosting Reading Skills with Private Tutors and DIY Programs

Summer is the perfect time for students to strengthen their reading skills, and private tutors can offer valuable support in this area. With a focus on the science of reading, these tutors can help students develop essential skills and improve their overall reading ability. In this blog, we will outline some effective reading programs offered by private tutors and provide tips on finding the right tutor for your child's summer reading support.

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