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Help your child have a successful school experience, or fight the good fight for educational rights, with these articles and resources on the Parenting Special Needs site.
  1. Special Education
  2. Section 504
  3. Early Intervention
  4. Preparing the School for Your Child
  1. School Strategies
  2. Behavior and Discipline
  3. Homework Help
  4. School Advocacy

Special Education

We all want our children to reach their maximum potential -- but sometimes it seems like we have to fight with the schools every step of the way. Whether your child is in inclusion or a self-contained class, in a special school or homeschooled, you'll need to be an effective advocate and make the most of your child's educational opportunities.

Section 504

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act requires that accommodations and modifications be implemented to level the playing field for students with disabilities. Learn what a 504 can offer, and whether this is the best solution for your child.

Early Intervention

Many children with special needs get services and therapies they need through the school system, but if your child is younger than school-age, you can still find assistance. Most states offer some form of "early intervention" program that offers therapy -- sometimes in groups, sometimes individually in your home -- at little or no cost. And even day care programs can sometimes be configured to meet your child's special needs.

Preparing the School for Your Child

It would be nice to believe that teachers are experts in all special needs, but chances are, you're the one who will have to clue them in about your child's particular issues.

School Strategies

Helping your child learn may involve study techniques, special tools, repetition and reinforcement, or working with the school to get appropriate supports.

Behavior and Discipline

Students with special needs have certain rights when it comes to disciplinary measures the school can take against them, but those who plan their IEPs have definite responsibilities in making sure supports are in place to keep them from misbehaving in the first place. Learn how to keep your child's behavior from getting in the way of an appropriate education.

Homework Help

Homework is a fact of school life, and one your special child should have to deal with just like anybody else. With your help, though, it doesn't have to be so traumatic.

School Advocacy

Sometimes it means fighting tooth and nail, and sometimes it just means being an available and cooperative presence. Either way, advocating for your child's education makes you an effective part of the education team.

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