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.
Learn more about the aides who help children and teachers in special education classrooms.
A definition of V.A.T.E.R. Syndrome, with links to more information.
A definition of OI, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Introduction to Individualized Education Plans for special needs children.
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.
Learn more about Behavior Intervention Plans and how they can help improve your child's behavior in the classroom.
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.
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.
Learn about the difference between accommodations offered under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and services offered through an IEP under IDEA.
Learn about the different types of special-education placements and why each might be right -- or wrong -- for your child.
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.
A definition of backward chaining, a technique for teaching life skills to children with special needs.
Learn more about Functional Behavioral Assessments and how they can help improve your child's behavior in the classroom.
Can't afford the fancy therapy items in sensory integration and speech therapy catalogs? Make or find your own using these 20 easy suggestions.
If you lose your grip from time to time with a grown-up tantrum that comes out of nowhere, check these steps to find out how you went from patient parent to screaming shambles. And if you'd like to stop doing that? Now you know what to avoid.
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.
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.
Definition of ASD, with links to resources for getting more information.
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.
Definition of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, with links to more information.
A definition of occupational therapy, with a link to more information.
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.
A plentiful supply of replacements for offensive slurs against individuals with intellectual disabilities are just a thesaurus away.
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
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.
Identifying emotions can be hard for children with special needs. Here are six fun ways to help your child learn facial expressions and recognize emotion.
A definition of CAS, with a link to more information.
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.
A definition of AS, with links to more information.
A definition of speech therapy, with a link to more information.
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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.
A definition of Oppositional Defiant Disorder, with a link to more information.
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.
Give a special-education teacher a special acknowledgment with these free printable mini-posters. Page 2.
Give a special-education teacher a special acknowledgment with these free printable mini-posters.
Looking for information on your child's diagnosis? Start with our alphabetical index to find definitions and resources.
A definition of CP, with a link to more information.
A brief definition of the services offered for young children with special needs.
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.
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.
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.
A definition of the R-word, with links to more information.
Find daily sites of interest to parents of kids with special needs gathered for you in June 2015.
From choosing realistic goals to picking your battles, here are ten strategies for making your child more manageable.
Give a special-education teacher a special acknowledgment with these free printable mini-posters.
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.
A definition of RAD, with links to more information.
Learn more about your child's right to an Extended School Year.
Were you happy with your child's teacher this year? Don't just thank the teacher -- send a letter to the teacher's boss singing those praises.
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.
One of a series of inspirational notes of support and encouragement for parents of children with special needs admires the way they motivate others. Page 28.
A definition of Mosaic Down syndrome, with links to more information.
A definition of ADD, with links 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.
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.
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.
Ask yourself these questions to make sure that discipline is what your child really needs.
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.
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.
Learn how to get the accommodations offered by a 504 plan, a provision of disability law, for your child with special needs.
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.
Definition of palliative care as it applies to severely ill or injured patients.
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.
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Start with these recommended resources for finding facts, strategies, and advice on parenting children with Oppositional Defiant Disorder.
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.
Give a special-education teacher a special acknowledgment with these free printable mini-posters. Page 3.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Definition of Fetal Alcohol Effects (FAE), with links to more information.
Don't approve your child's Individualized Education Plan before you check these items.
A definition of Angelman Syndrome, with a link to more information.
A handful of easy, quick suggestions to help you get a fast start on helping your child diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome.
One of a series of inspirational notes of support and encouragement for parents of children with special needs recognizes their struggle to keep it together. Page 27.
It's hard not to get angry or upset when your child is acting defiant, manic or aggressive. For many kids with special needs that influence their behavior, however, that outburst of anger can make things far, far worse. Turn down the emotional volume to bring your child back in tune.
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.
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.
Can't get Extended School Year (ESY) written into your child's IEP? You can still keep the learning going at home. Here are some ideas for setting up your own ESY activities.
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.
You may be thinking about teacher gifts, but while you're at it, remember all the other personnel who make the school day successful for your child.
Start with these recommended resources for finding facts, strategies, and advice on parenting children with Angelman Syndrome.
A definition of TS, with a link to more information.
A definition of LD, with a link to more information.
A definition of intellectual disabilities, with a link to more information.
One of a series of inspirational notes of support and encouragement for parents of children with special needs acknowledges that they never give up. Page 25.
One of a series of inspirational notes of support and encouragement for parents of children with special needs appreciates their constant concern. Page 26.
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.
Which is best for your child -- a special needs camp, a community camp, or a summer spent at home with you? Learn the pros and cons of each.
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A short definition of narcissistic personality disorder, with links to more information.
Scalloped potatoes are an Easter favorite, but if your child can't tolerate milk or cheese, your traditional recipe may not work.
Florida's early-intervention program is called Early Steps. Learn more about Florida early-intervention services and how you can quickly get started.
Find a disability scholarship for your child with special needs by checking these sources of information around the Web and your own community.
Excerpt from the book. Children With Special Needs.
An excerpt from 'The Floppy Sleep Game Book' by Patti Teel gives parents a way to help kids practice deep breathing.
A definition of PWS, with links to more information.
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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 second transition your child will make, at age three, from pre-kindergarten to kindergarten. Page 3.
One of a series of inspirational notes of support and encouragement for parents of children with special needs celebrates the good things in their lives. Page 9.
Description of the Child Study Team.
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.
Artful notes of support and encouragement for parents of children with special needs, suitable for printing and framing or giving.
A definition of DSI, with links to more information.
Where to find lists of candies that are safe for children on a gluten-free diet
Defines the acronym ARND, describing fetal alcohol impairment.
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.
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.
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 handful of easy, quick suggestions to help you get a fast start on helping your child diagnosed with attachment disorder.
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.
One of a series of inspirational notes of support and encouragement for parents of children with special needs gives them credit for inspiration. Page 24.
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.
Does your child repeat things? Learn more about echolalia, what it might mean, and how understanding it can help your child.
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.
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.
Think something's not right with your little one? Here's a guide to developmental milestones, charts and checkers to help you decide whether it's really time to worry.
Definition of aggressive care in the treatment of illness or injury.
Learn more about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Effects, and the many ways they can impair a child's development.
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This cute book -- perfect for kids or cat lovers -- matches photos of kittens with descriptions of behavior that felines and children with Asperger's share.
Amuse. Bribe. Comfort. Distract. Keep items at your fingertips that can do one of more of these things for your kids at all times.
Learn more about your child's right to education in the Least Restrictive Environment.
One of a series of inspirational notes of support and encouragement for parents of children with special needs celebrates the ways they impact others. Page 4.
One of a series of artful notes of support and encouragement for parents of children with special needs praises their strength and ability.
Differentiating instruction helps teachers meet the needs of special-education and regular-education students in one classroom. Yes, it can be done.
A definition of KD, with a link to more information.
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.
Learn more about the Present Level of Performance section of your child's Individualized Educational Plan (IEP).
A short definition of Dandy-Walker Syndrome, with a link to more information.
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.
When you spend a lot of time battling Child Study Teams and fighting for your child's rights, it can be hard to dial back and write a simple note to the teacher over a matter of minor import. Follow these steps to produce some friendly correspondence for a change.
One of a series of inspirational notes of support and encouragement for parents of children with special needs knows how hard they work. Page 23.
Frequently asked questions about the Individualized Education Plan
So your child's been invited to sleep over at a friend's house. Is your youngster ready? Are you? Ask these questions to make an informed decision.
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One of a series of inspirational notes of support and encouragement for parents of children with special needs applauds them for speaking up. Page 20.
One of a series of inspirational notes of support and encouragement for parents of children with special needs lauds their cleverness and creativity. Page 10.
Start with these recommended resources for finding facts, strategies, and advice on parenting children with kidney disease.