Children With Special Needs: Most Popular Articles
If you want your child to have e-mail but worry about what might turn up in that inbox, set up a Gmail account to forward copies of everything to you.
Information on accommodations for students with disabilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
'Special Needs' is an umbrella under which a huge array of diagnoses can be wedged. Still, it's useful for getting services and maybe some understanding.
No matter how organized the parent, there will always be times when kids need distraction and there are no books or games or toys at hand. Here are 101 informal time-wasters to amuse your child when you've nothing more than your wits about you.
A nontoxic way to handle head lice is to put a substance on the head that kills lice by smothering them. As a bonus, it makes the nits easier to comb out.
Learn more about the aides who help children and teachers in special education classrooms.
A definition of OI, with links to more information.
Do the dangers of pesticide shampoos have you looking for a natural head-lice solution? Tea tree oil shampoo can get rid of the critters and keep them away.
A definition of V.A.T.E.R. Syndrome, with links to more information.
A definition of the R-word, with links to more information.
504 plans spell out accommodations to keep students with disabilities safe and available for learning. Review these sample plans before helping plan your child's.
Learn about the difference between accommodations offered under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and services offered through an IEP under IDEA.
Introduction to Individualized Education Plans for special needs children.
Having a celebrity speak out about his or her child's special needs is often a good way to get attention for a particular disability. These celebrities have talked about their child's disability in the media, providing inspiration or advocacy or, in some cases, controversy.
Learn more about Behavior Intervention Plans and how they can help improve your child's behavior in the classroom.
IEPs spell out the details of a child's special-education program, from goals and accommodations to time spent in different types of classrooms and paraprofessional assistance. Wondering what an IEP looks like? Check these samples for reference.
Blank forms and sample behavior management plans can help you be an active participant in devising a plan for your child -- or proposing one yourself.
Your child hoards odd objects and refuses to let you touch them. Should you be worried? Ask yourself these 10 questions for guidance.
Running out of inspiration? Here's a handful of things to do -- with your kids, or for your own procrastinating self -- to keep you informed, amused and occupied.
Learn about the different types of special-education placements and why each might be right -- or wrong -- for your child.
Whether you've requested an Individualized Educational Plan for your child or have been asked to consider one by school or state personnel, these are the steps you'll go through, from initial referral through provision of services and triennial reevaluation.
It's possible to start an iTunes account with no money or credit-card information, though it's not obvious how to do it. Follow this step-by-step to set it up.
Learn more about Functional Behavioral Assessments and how they can help improve your child's behavior in the classroom.
Children with special needs may face special challenges when it comes to water play -- from keeping ear tubes dry to finding extra-large swim diapers.
Forgot how to make one of those brown paper-bag book covers? These ten illustrated steps will jog your memory. Start by cutting the bag open.
Can't afford the fancy therapy items in sensory integration and speech therapy catalogs? Make or find your own using these 20 easy suggestions.
A plentiful supply of replacements for offensive slurs against individuals with intellectual disabilities are just a thesaurus away.
Learn more about your child's right to a Free Appropriate Public Education.
If your current work schedule and your childcare needs don't coincide, think about whether a change in hours would solve your problems. Then use a sample flexibility proposal memo from the book
Definition of ASD, with links to resources for getting more information.
A definition of backward chaining, a technique for teaching life skills to children with special needs.
If you know enough to be aware that you need to look into Special Needs Trusts, but not enough to know how to go about it, these five quick tips will get you started.
iTunes gift certificates and allowances can be great rewards and motivators for kids with special needs. If you want to set up an account for your child but don't want to provide unlimited access to your credit card, you can use a gift card or certificate to get the account started. Here's how.
Learn how to get the accommodations offered by a 504 plan, a provision of disability law, for your child with special needs.
Awarding points or checkmarks for jobs well done can be effective motivational tools for kids, but behavior charts are often too abstract for children with special needs. Here are some ways to make them work.
Writing gets a lot easier when you have an organized plan and just need to fill in the blanks. Use an outline to assemble a strong five-sentence paragraph.
From choosing realistic goals to picking your battles, here are ten strategies for making your child more manageable.
A definition of speech therapy, with a link to more information.
A short definition of narcissistic personality disorder, with links to more information.
Looking for information on your child's diagnosis? Start with our alphabetical index to find definitions and resources.
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If your child's teacher complains that he's always out of his seat or squirming, suggest one of these techniques for helping kids stay seated.
Find daily sites of interest to parents of kids with special needs gathered for you in July 2015. For July 28: a podcast for parents.
The 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles will get more coverage in the US than ever, but it may still be hard to find it. Here's where you can watch.
A definition of CP, with a link to more information.
School behavior problems are a sign that something is not working for your child. Here are five ways to fix them before they get out of control.
A definition of RAD, with links to more information.
For kids for whom even tiny transitions are frustrating, a text instead of a verbal demand may get the processing going without an emotional outburst.
A definition of Oppositional Defiant Disorder, with a link to more information.
A definition of AS, with links to more information.
Definition of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, with links to more information.
A definition of occupational therapy, with a link to more information.
Every child has the right to enjoy the fun of playing sports, the joy of teamwork, the achievement of hitting a ball or making a goal or crossing the finish line. Many programs have been developed to get children and adults with disabilities in the game. Find one that's right for your child.
Need your child to focus on you? Try surprises, silliness and secrets instead of shouting.
If your child requires accommodations to fully participate in the classroom, a 504 plan may be called for. Learn more about this tool ensuring your child's rights.
A definition of CAS, with a link to more information.
School can be a stressful and fearsome place for kids, especially those with special needs. Here are some good ways to start a dialog and lessen the load.
Start with these recommended resources for finding facts, strategies, and advice on parenting children with Oppositional Defiant Disorder.
A definition of TS, with a link to more information.
A coupon good for a swift release from time-out is a useful small reward or motivational goal for a child's behavior chart, or an easy gift add-on.
A brief definition of the services offered for young children with special needs.
Artful notes of support and encouragement for parents of children with special needs, suitable for printing and framing or giving.
Learn about the law that requires organizations accepting public funds to make their buildings and their programs accessible to people with disabilities.
Does your child's pencil suit his needs? Before you stock up on school supplies, be sure to pick a pencil that really works for your child.
Most special education students take the bus to their school placements, even at the tender age of three. What should you know before you put your child on that little bus?
If you were to die suddenly, would those left behind know all the details of your child's everyday life? Use this Letter of Intent template to guide your child's guardians.
Start with these recommended resources for finding facts, strategies, and advice on parenting children with osteogenesis imperfecta.
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Children with special needs can face many issues in getting a free and appropriate education. Some may need special education services, while others may need modifications to make school accessible or medical assistance to make it safe. For some students, struggles with learning or behavior require special management to avoid school disruption. Parents have lots of questions about what their children will need and how to get it. Find your answers here.
Professional speech therapy, at school or in a private office, can be invaluable to a child with speech and language problems. But what do you do when school's out, or the therapist is unvailable? Try these five ideas for being an at-home speech therapist -- and keep them up even when therapy's in session to maximize your child's progress.
A definition of DSI, with links to more information.
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A state-by-state listing of categories that make a child eligible for special education, with links to the relevant state and federal laws and regulations.
Giving teachers the information they need to help your child is an imporant part of school advocacy. Here's how to translate our
That gang of serious-looking people around the IEP planning table can be intimidating to a parent. Here's your quick guide to who they all are, and how you can be a team player, too.
A definition of Angelman Syndrome, with a link to more information.
Description of the Child Study Team.
Finding a babysitter you can trust with your child's special health-care or behavioral needs, even just for a night out, may seem an impossible task. Here are ten places to start your search.
Georgia's early-intervention program is called Babies Can't Wait. Learn more about Georgia's early-intervention services and how you can quickly get started.
A definition of ADD, with links to more information.
Florida's early-intervention program is called Early Steps. Learn more about Florida early-intervention services and how you can quickly get started.
Don't approve your child's Individualized Education Plan before you check these items.
Find a disability scholarship for your child with special needs by checking these sources of information around the Web and your own community.
An excerpt from 'The Floppy Sleep Game Book' by Patti Teel gives parents a way to help kids practice deep breathing.
Differentiating instruction helps teachers meet the needs of special-education and regular-education students in one classroom. Yes, it can be done.
Definition of Fetal Alcohol Effects (FAE), with links to more information.
Amuse. Bribe. Comfort. Distract. Keep items at your fingertips that can do one of more of these things for your kids at all times.
A big part of raising awareness and acceptance for people with disabilities is making their stories part of popular culture. Check my list of TV series that have regularly featured characters or performers with special needs, and add a review of these or other shows I've missed.
Definition of palliative care as it applies to severely ill or injured patients.
If your child has ever missed homework assignments because the assignment never came home, you know that planners are important. What kind will work best for your student? Here are six options to consider.
Definition of a Special Needs Trust, with a link to more information.
One of a series of artful notes of support and encouragement for parents of children with special needs praises their strength and ability.
Wondering about all those alphabet letters that seem to define your child these days? Check our alphabetical acronym listing to learn the meaning behind the characters and find resources to help you help your child.
Children with special learning needs require lots of repetition and reinforcement to learn new concepts. Flash cards provide that service cheaply, efficiently, and at pocket-size. Here are 10 reasons to try them.
Start with these recommended resources for finding facts, strategies, and advice on parenting children with Angelman Syndrome.
Where to find lists of candies that are safe for children on a gluten-free diet
A handful of easy, quick suggestions to help you get a fast start on helping your child diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome.
A definition of intellectual disabilities, with a link to more information.
Frequently asked questions about the Individualized Education Plan
Writing a research paper requires organization, and a I-II-III A-B-C outline is a great way to develop your ideas, expand your thoughts, and create a rough draft.
The best way to make sure that teachers have all the information and resources they need to work with your child is to provide those things yourself. Here are suggestions, tips and fact sheets on a variety of special needs you can copy, rewrite, print out, and send in to give your child and his or her teacher the best chance at success.
The Americans With Disabilities Act is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Here's what disability writers and websites have to say about it.
Is your child getting a FAPE in the LRE with a BIP, OT, PT, APE, and SLP? Find your way through all those acronyms with this quick guide.
Getting started with special education can be an intimidating experience. Here are five ways for parents in Florida to get information about the special-education process and find the contacts they need.
If you find yourself wondering what on earth your child could be thinking when he or she misbehaves, informal behavior analysis can help you find an answer. Here's how.
A definition of Mosaic Down syndrome, with links to more information.
A handful of easy, quick suggestions to help you get a fast start on helping your child diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome.
An iTunes allowance lets you provide a monthly reward for your child, without worrying about where cash might be going. First, though, you'll need to set up an iTunes account using the allowance instead of a credit card for payment. Here's how.
Amy Fenton Lee, who blogs at The Inclusive Church, offers five ways that parents can start leading their churches toward inclusion.
Scalloped potatoes are an Easter favorite, but if your child can't tolerate milk or cheese, your traditional recipe may not work.
Start with these recommended resources for finding facts, strategies, and advice on parenting children with kidney disease.
Don't fear Facebook, friend it. The social-networking service can be a great way to supervise your child's social interaction and teach social skills.
Learn more about getting an independent evaluation for your child to help in determining special education services.
A listing of sites that offer products to help children with sensory integration problems.
Help your child sit stiller, write better, and read easier with these cool school tools for students with learning disabilities, fine motor delays, sensory integration challenges, or a bad case of the wiggles.
Chances are the word games you're playing with your child are already ones that help strengthen speech and language skills. Here's how to tweak them for some impromptu speech therapy.
If you've convinced yourself that inclusion is a bad idea and not a practical possibility for your school or church or club or community, I've got eight reasons to reconsider.
Information on the next steps to take after you receive a diagnosis for your child with special needs. Includes general suggestions appropriate to a wide range of disabilities.
Your child is not getting the accommodations and modifications specified in her 504 plan. What are you going to do about it? Here are five steps that, in most cases, will get you to a resolution of the problem.
A five-paragraph essay is easy to put together if you start with an outline and fill in your sentences from there. Follow these steps and examples.
A definition of PWS, with links to more information.
Whether you're concerned that your child isn't bringing things to school he's supposed to, or is bringing things home that he's not, clear backpacks provide an easy way to spy gear and discourage stowaways.
When your child moves up to middle school or high school, opening a lock or locker may become a necessary skill. Here's how to make that combination-working easier, or avoid the need for it in the first place.
Step-by-step description of a potty training method suited to children with special needs, who may have trouble focusing on the task or sensing their need to go.
Learn more about your child's right to an Extended School Year.
A definition of KD, with a link to more information.
Start with these recommended resources for finding facts, strategies, and advice on parenting children with Reactive Attachment Disorder.
For some children with special needs, even the simplest things require carefully thought-out teaching. Dressing
Whether setting goals for your child with special needs, your family, or yourself, thinking small and short-term can help you find big, long-lasting success.
Many of the apps offered for iPhones and iPads aren't just for fun or everyday organization -- they're designed specifically to make life easier for people with special needs, by making communication or behavior management or health management easier. Check out these special-needs apps, and tell us about the ones you've tried.
Explaining a disability to your child or his classmates, friends and young relatives can be a challenge for parents. These books discuss special needs in a kid-friendly way that can shine a positive light on a tricky topic.
A definition of SD, with links to more information.
Definition of aggressive care in the treatment of illness or injury.
There's more to picking a dentist for a child with special needs than finding the top tooth expert. You'll also want to think about things like how far you'll drive, how your child will be restrained, and how well you'll be listened to. Learn more about the five factors you should consider before choosing your child's dentist.
Looking for somewhere good to surf? Stop by here first for a daily destination of interest to parents of children with special needs, to parents in general, or to anyone looking for diversion. On this page of the alphabetical index, find sites that start with A.
School can be a dangerous place for children with an attachment disorder -- and for the families that send them there. Let the school know what your child needs to be safe with these tips and printouts.
If parents of children with special needs would speak together with one voice in demanding respect for all, perhaps businesses and community groups would not feel so free to exclude us.
Start with these recommended resources for finding facts, strategies, and advice on parenting children with Dysfunction of Sensory Integration.
Children in special education go through a variety of important transitions, each one needing parents to be informed and pro-active. Learn more about the final transition your child will make, from high school to graduation or aging out of the school system. Page 5.
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Give a special-education teacher a special acknowledgment with these free printable mini-posters. Page 2.
The night and morning before an IEP meeting can be a time of tense anticipation for parents. Use that nervous energy to prepare yourself for the meeting and make sure you put your best case forward.
Learn why you're better off with a legal document outlining accommodations for your child rather than making informal arrangements with the school.
Most teens worry about smelling bad in front of their peers, but some adolescents with special needs may lack the sensory sensitivity or emotional maturity to notice or care if body odor's a problem. Here are five ways parents can help.
Here's a quick distraction to get fidgety kids through boring events like car rides, restaurant waits and, alas, church services. It's quiet, it's attention-grabbing, and it can expand to fill as much time as you need.
Definition of a device used to immobilize children for medical procedures.
A definition of physical therapy, with a link to more information.
Does your child repeat things? Learn more about echolalia, what it might mean, and how understanding it can help your child.
Provide your child's busy teacher with a simple check-off school behavior chart to track progress on three goals so you can reward success and address problems.
They may not be pretty, or conform to the way you thought you'd parent, but these techniques will get the job done and buy you some time.