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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Sizzling Summer Adventures: 5 Exciting Activities for Kids to Thrive

Sizzling Summer Adventures: 5 Exciting Activities for Kids to Thrive

Summer is the perfect time for your child to engage in activities that promote discovery, growth, independence, socialization, and adaptability. These five activities are enjoyable and will help your child develop essential life skills that will benefit them for years to come. So make the most of this summer and create lasting memories with your child while fostering their growth and development

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Empowering Parents: Understanding the Procedural Safeguards in Special Education

Empowering Parents: Understanding the Procedural Safeguards in Special Education

Procedural safeguards are legal protections for parents and children with disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). These safeguards ensure that children with disabilities receive a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) and that their rights are protected throughout the special education process.

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The Secret of the PWN

The Secret of the PWN

As a parent of a child with special needs, navigating the special education process can be overwhelming. However, one of the most essential tools for parents is Prior Written Notice (PWN). This legal requirement ensures parents are informed and involved in their child's education. In this blog post, we will discuss what PWN is, why parents need to know about it, and when to request IEP meeting information be added to the PWN.

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All About FBAs

All About FBAs

What is an FBA? An FBA is a process that helps identify a specific function or the "why" of a behavior. The data gathered from an FBA can then be used to develop a behavior intervention plan that addresses the underlying cause of the behavior

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What Impacts Reading Comprehension?

What Impacts Reading Comprehension?

Reading comprehension is understanding and making meaning from what you read. It's an essential skill for students to develop because it helps them better understand the subject matter they are studying.

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What is Concidered Emotional Disturbance Under IDEA?

What is Concidered Emotional Disturbance Under IDEA?

One of the challenges with Emotional Disturbance is that it can be difficult to diagnose and treat. Many students with this condition have experienced trauma, which often exacerbates their emotional and behavioral issues. That coupled with an education system that is unwilling to address or support their needs and we have a recipe for mistrust and failure in our kids. Trust can be a significant issue for these students, and forming a relationship with them that is built on empathy, trust, and mutual respect can often be the solution to many problem behaviors and can have a lasting impact on their emotional development.

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Disagreeing with a School Evaluation and Requesting an Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE) for Your Child

Disagreeing with a School Evaluation and Requesting an Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE) for Your Child

As a parent, you always want the best for your child, especially regarding their education. So, when a school evaluation does not accurately reflect your child's needs or abilities, it can be frustrating and worrisome. If you are in this situation, knowing your rights and the steps you can take to ensure your child receives the support they need and is appropriate is essential. One of the most powerful tools at your disposal is requesting an Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE). In this post, we'll discuss why you disagree with a school evaluation, how to request an IEE, and what new data you might obtain in the process.

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The IEP is Not Working for my Child

The IEP is Not Working for my Child

An IEP is an Individualized Education Plan, a legal document that details your child's educational present levels and current needs. Then it includes goals and objectives to support those needs. It covers all areas of education--including special education services--and consists of the regular education curriculum. The IEP also includes behavior intervention plans if necessary. The most important thing a parent should know about an IEP is that it is INDIVIDUALIZED for YOUR CHILD. Just because they do or do not support another child in a certain way does not mean they have to support your child the same way.

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What to do About Bullying

What to do About Bullying

Children with disabilities can be easy targets for other children who feel like they themselves are under-appreciated or bullied. From teasing and bullying to exclusion, it is important that these moments are stopped before they cause long-term damage in your child.

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Why are school retaining students and what can I do when they want to retain mine?

Why are school retaining students and what can I do when they want to retain mine?

Retaining students is a challenging and problematic educational decision. Advocates contend it can lead to the interventions and assistance that pupils desperately require, while those opposed allege it further disadvantages students and disproportionately affects those already marginalized.

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Planning for Life After High School

Planning for Life After High School

The process of providing special education includes transition planning. It is intended to assist high schoolers with impairments in preparing for life following graduation. As kids become 16 years old, schools must incorporate a transition plan in their individualized education programs, or IEPs. Some states demand that the changeover process starts earlier. It is crucial that the student participates in the transition process because transition planning is centered on what the student enjoys and where the student excels.

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What is Inclusion: Why Should we be Talking about it in the IEP

What is Inclusion: Why Should we be Talking about it in the IEP

Inclusion is essential in the classroom because it allows students with disabilities the same access to education as their peers. This learning environment creates a more inclusive and welcoming community. In an inclusive classroom, all students can learn and grow together, regardless of individual differences. Inclusion also helps to reduce stigma and stereotypes about disabilities. When non-disabled students are exposed to students with disabilities, they are less likely to exhibit negative attitudes toward them. Furthermore, when students with disabilities are included in the classroom, they are more likely to experience an increased sense of belonging, self-esteem, and connection to the school community.

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If You are Not Writing a Parent Concerns Letter Before the IEP You are Missing an Opportunity to Collaborate

If You are Not Writing a Parent Concerns Letter Before the IEP You are Missing an Opportunity to Collaborate

If you are a parent of a child with special needs, attending an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) meeting is essential to ensure that your child’s individual needs are being met. However, one crucial step, often forgotten, is writing a parent concerns letter before meeting with the IEP team. This letter serves as an opportunity for you to voice any issues or concerns about your child’s education and to be part of the decision-making process. In addition, writing a parent concerns letter allows you to be an active participant in the IEP meeting and ensures that your child’s needs are taken into consideration.

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How to Find the Right Special Education Advocate for Your Child

How to Find the Right Special Education Advocate for Your Child

A special education advocate is a professional who helps families and individuals with special needs navigate the complex world of special education. They provide support, guidance, and information about IEPs (Individualized Education Programs), 504s, services, and other available resources for their clients. Special education advocates work with families to ensure their child’s educational rights are being met. They can also help them access the services they need for their child’s success.

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Who is Responsible for Ensuring the General Education Teachers Understand my Child's IEP?

Who is Responsible for Ensuring the General Education Teachers Understand my Child's IEP?

The IEP is one of the most critical documents in a child's education. All teachers should read it so that everyone understands what is expected of the child and how they will be supported in the classroom. Your child's case manager makes sure that this happens by working with teachers, parents, and school aides at their school to make sure that everyone is on the same page about what your child needs for support and accommodations.

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Homework When it is Just Too Much!

Homework When it is Just Too Much!

Homework can be a source of stress for parents, students, and teachers. But it doesn't have to be! Here are some strategies for managing homework, so it doesn't cause added stress or anxiety in your family.

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Triennial Evaluations and Updated Data

Triennial Evaluations and Updated Data

This post was inspired by a follower asking the following question: my son's IEP goals have been carried over from year to year, although in 7th grade, all assessments are from first and 2nd grade. I disagree that these are his baselines. How can I get them to update this information?

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