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A definition of OI, with links to more information.
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. Page 2.
Information on accommodations for students with disabilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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.
An explanation of the term. Children With Special Needs.
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 definition of V.A.T.E.R. Syndrome, with links to more information.
Learn more about the aides who help children and teachers in special education classrooms.
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.
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.
Learn about the difference between accommodations offered under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and services offered through an IEP under IDEA.
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.
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
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 Behavior Intervention Plans 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.
Your child hoards odd objects and refuses to let you touch them. Should you be worried?
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.
Introduction to Individualized Education Plans for special needs children.
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.
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.
Learn more about Functional Behavioral Assessments and how they can help improve your child's behavior in the classroom.
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.
Labels, therapy, your mother-in-law's disapproval-- these are bad reasons to deny your child the advantages that early-intervention can bring.
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.
Can't afford the fancy therapy items in sensory integration and speech therapy catalogs? Make or find your own using these 20 easy suggestions.
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.
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.
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.
A definition of speech therapy, with a link to more information.
Learn how to get the accommodations offered by a 504 plan, a provision of disability law, for your child with special needs.
A definition of the R-word, with links to more information.
Find out what's going on in the special-needs world today. Updated Monday through Saturday.
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.
Definition of a device used to immobilize children for medical procedures.
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.
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 backward chaining, a technique for teaching life skills to children with special needs.
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.
A definition of CAS, with a link to more information.
Messages from the Love Notes for Special Parents Gallery decorate greeting cards for a variety of occasions, including Mother's Day, Father's Day, Valentine's Day, and birthday.
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Artful notes of support and encouragement for parents of children with special needs, suitable for printing and framing or giving.
Every weekday, add your opinion to a poll on a topic of special-needs-parenting interest.
Before you take your child with special needs on a plane trip, consult these airline web pages for more information on their rules and services for passengers with disabilities.
The About Parenting Special Needs is full of information on specific disabilities and general behaviors and issues that apply to kids with special needs. Here's how to find the information you're looking for, and more.
Does your child need to avoid certain foods, shrink from certain sensory experiences, or otherwise require people to know what not to do to him or her? Print out one of these warning labels, tape or pin it on your child's shirt, and put everyone on alert.
A definition of Borderline Personality Disorder, with a link to more information.
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.
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.
Frequently asked questions about the Individualized Education Plan
A definition of RAD, with links to more information.
Looking for information on your child's diagnosis? Start with our alphabetical index to find definitions and resources.
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.
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 definition of Oppositional Defiant Disorder, with a link to more information.
Definition of Fetal Alcohol Effects (FAE), with links to more information.
Does your child repeat things? Learn more about echolalia, what it might mean, and how understanding it can help your child.
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.
Defines the acronym ARND, describing fetal alcohol impairment.
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.
Florida's early-intervention program is called Early Steps. Learn more about Florida early-intervention services and how you can quickly get started.
Learn how to improve your behavior management and handle specific behaviors and situations with an ABC primer of parenting tips, and links to helpful articles and books.
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.
Identifying emotions -- in other people, and in themselves -- can be hard for children with special needs. Here are five fun ways to help your child learn what facial expressions mean, how to recognize emotions in others, and what those same emotions feel like to them.
Description of the Child Study Team.
A definition of Mosaic Down syndrome, with links 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.
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.
One of a series of inspirational notes of support and encouragement for parents of children with special needs basks in their affection. Page 14.
A definition of OCD, with a link to more information.
Children with special needs don't always respond to declarations of love the way we'd like. Sometimes you can get the message through easier if you show rather than tell.
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.
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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.
Excerpt from the book. Children With Special Needs.
Making sure your kids aren't hearing lyrics that might disturb them (or you) got easier with Parental Advisory Stickers, but harder with online downloads. Here's how to really find out what your child is listening to.
Where to find lists of candies that are safe for children on a gluten-free diet
An excerpt from. Children With Special Needs.
Start with these recommended resources for finding facts, strategies, and advice on parenting children with Oppositional Defiant Disorder.
Start with these recommended resources for finding facts, strategies, and advice on parenting children with osteogenesis imperfecta.
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?
A short definition of narcissistic personality disorder, with links 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.
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.
Giving teachers the information they need to help your child is an imporant part of school advocacy. Here's how to translate our
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 definition of AS, with links to more information.
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.
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.
Introverts may be mistakenly diagnosed with ADD, Asperger syndrome or anxiety disorder, but they also possess strengths and gifts for those patient enough to wait for them.
Cases of parents battling hospitals for the continued care of their children have been turning up in the media lately. But parents have been feeling disrespected and misunderstood by the medical profession for a lot longer than that. Here are eight things medical professionals could do to improve relationships with parents, and care for their children.
Definition of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, with links to more information.
Differentiating instruction helps teachers meet the needs of special-education and regular-education students in one classroom. Yes, it can be done.
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 Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
A brief definition of the services offered for young children with special needs.
A mom tells her story about a do-it-yourself day camp, sharing how she picked kids and adults to participate.
Find a disability scholarship for your child with special needs by checking these sources of information around the Web and your own community.
From choosing realistic goals to picking your battles, here are ten strategies for making your child more manageable.
Start with these recommended resources for finding facts, strategies, and advice on parenting children with Reactive Attachment Disorder.
Playing games with your child not only provides you with nice together-time, but can also reinforce educational concepts.
A definition of occupational therapy, with a link to more information.
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.
Find a daily destination of interest to parents of children with special needs. The sites listed here were featured in July 2014.
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.
A definition of SJS, with links to more information.
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.
A handful of easy, quick suggestions to help you get a fast start on helping your child diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome.
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.
A listing of sites that offer products to help children with sensory integration problems.
Every week on About.com Parenting Special Needs, I round up five fun things to do -- a family activity, a children's website, a shopping website, some online humor or inspiration, and a site that's just goofy or fun. Here's the index for all those family activities, along with links to four more indexes of fun things to do.
An overview of the issues surrounding attachment therapy, and information on where to find a therapist.
When you're traveling by car with children, anything that puts off that constant demand of "Are we there
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. Page 4.
Learn why you're better off with a legal document outlining accommodations for your child rather than making informal arrangements with the school.
Instead of sending my son to summer camp, I had a couple of his self-contained special-education classmates come to our house every day for crafts, science, academic work, play, and fun. Throw in some field trips, a bowling league, and free movies, and we had Camp Mom.
Definition of a Special Needs Trust, with a link to more information.
A short definition of Dandy-Walker Syndrome, with a link to more information.
Learn more about your child's right to education in the Least Restrictive Environment.
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.
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.
Learn more about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Effects, and the many ways they can impair a child's development.
A handful of easy, quick suggestions to help you get a fast start on helping your child diagnosed with attachment disorder.
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.
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.
Learn about the law that requires organizations accepting public funds to make their buildings and their programs accessible to people with disabilities.
A definition of DSI, with links to more information.
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.
A thirteen-year-old with Asperger Syndrome explains it all for you.
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Changing your attitude toward your child's behavior can help to change the behavior, too. This empowering book helps parents appreciate their child's personality, and understand themselves better, too.
A definition of Angelman Syndrome, with a link to more information.
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.
Biting is a behavior most young children try out, but children with developmental disabilities may be more likely to do it for sensory reasons and less likely to understand that it hurts the other person. Try this technique to nip biting in the bud.
This excellent behavior-management approach helps focus intense, energetic kids into more positive patterns, and gives parents something to feel good about too.
A definition of CF, with links to more information.
Going to the playground should be a fun experience with your child. Youngsters with special needs often love the equipment they find there, but stumble over the socialization that's often expected in playground outings. If your playground visits have become more fearsome than fun, follow these five quick tips for a happier time out.
Information for parents about EarlySteps, Louisiana's early-intervention program, and how to start getting services for a child with a developmental delay.
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.
Ask yourself these questions to make sure that discipline is what your child really needs.
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School can be a dangerous place for children with a peanut allergy. Let the school know what your child needs to be safe with these tips and printouts.
What to expect when you attend an IEP meeting, at various stages of your child's education.
If Back-to-School Night, that evening early in the school year when you're invited to walk through your child's schedule and meet the teachers, doesn't draw you in, you're not alone -- fewer and fewer parents are making attending a priority. But that's just one of the reasons why you should make sure to be there. Read about that and nine more.
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.
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.
In this excerpt from 'Freaks, Geeks, and Asperger Syndrome,' a teen with Asperger's explains why it's so hard to make eye contact and why it shouldn't be forced.