Top 10 Most Ridiculous Comments Heard at an IEP Meeting

by Dennise Goldberg Cross-posted from The Friendship Circle Blog, courtesy of Special Education AdvisorIn my job as a special education advocate, and my other job as a parent of a child with special needs, I have been involved in too many Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings to count. During these numerous IEP meetings I have met some wonderful, caring, knowledgeable, well-meaning teachers and school personnel.I have also, at times, heard … [Read more...]

Website Supports Literacy For All Children!

by Gail Leslie National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness Often people believe that literacy is something that starts to percolate in kindergarten and first grade when children begin to learn to read. In fact, literacy, like communication, begins early in life. Children grow up understanding that the world is full of colorful signs, letters, and numbers that have meaning. For children with disabilities, especially those with complex needs and sensory … [Read more...]

Bridging Home-School Communications: Helping Parents Begin Conversations with Teachers

by Gayle Hernandez, BA/MEd Gayle began her teaching career 18 years ago. Her passion is teaching kindergarten, promoting inclusion, and building classroom and school communities. This blog has been adapted and reposted with permission from Special Education Advisor.  ********************************************************************************************************* A meaningful education for children begins and ends with open, … [Read more...]

Differentiated Instruction in Today’s Classrooms

by the IRIS Center The IRIS Center is a national center that provides high-quality resources about students with disabilities for college and university faculty and professional development trainers. Visit IRIS' website to find free, online, interactive training enhancements that translate research about the education of students with disabilities into practice. ******************************************************************************************************** Now, … [Read more...]

Five Strategies to Increase Reading Comprehension With Your Child With Special Needs

by Jennifer James Reposted with permission   Many parents of children with special needs are working to increase reading comprehension with their child. It’s not uncommon for children with special needs to struggle with understanding what a story (or even a paragraph) is about, who the main characters are, what the setting is, what the problem or moral is, and/or what the function of a story is. How do you help? My Favorite Five There … [Read more...]

Expertise at Your Fingertips

by Lisa Küpper National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)  There’s disability expertise at your fingertips—literally. You can access a goldmine of disability know-how, in fact, by typing this address into your web browser: The link will take you to the home page of the Technical Assistance and Dissemination network—the TA&D, for short. The TA&D is a network of more than … [Read more...]

AD/HD in Your Classroom: 10 Tips for Teachers

by Lisa Küpper National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)  Profile of AD/HD at School Student jitters. Squirms. Gets distracted. Often doesn’t bring the right materials to class. Forgets to turn in homework. Blurts out answers or talks too much to friends when you’re talking. Doesn’t keep on track during seatwork time. Doesn’t seem to know how to stay focused on your instruction or how to finish work efficiently. Does … [Read more...]

LD in Your Classroom: 7 Tips for Teachers

by Kori Hamilton National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)Profile of LD at SchoolStudent has difficulty reading. Struggles to connect letters to sounds. May also have messy penmanship or a hard time spelling . Confuses math symbols. Mixes up details of a story, or the sequence of events. Cannot get organized. Has unexpected problems learning to read, speak, write, or do math.Does this sound like someone in your class? … [Read more...]

Understanding Research Studies in the News

by Kyrie Dragoo National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) Heard on the News: Exciting results today from a research study showing that children who have… Heard Around Town: Have you thought about XYZ intervention? It just might work for your child…. Sound familiar? Ever had your interest piqued by such news of research with children who have disabilities? We know we have. Education research is great, … [Read more...]

Writing Without the Blocks

by Ira David Socol Adapted and reposted with permission from our friends at Special Education Advisor. Ira David Socol is an educational consultant, advocate, researcher, and instructor in the College of Education at Michigan State University. He works with schools and school districts seeking to rethink the total educational environment in which their students learn. ******************************************************************************************************** I … [Read more...]

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