What’s the Big Deal about Pinterest?

 by Elaine Mulligan Project Director, National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)Why on earth would a disseminator need to learn about Pinterest? Isn’t that the silly site that young folks use to create dream weddings and share recipes?Oh no, dear friend (and fellow social media resister), it’s so much more than that. Pinterest is the fastest-growing social media site and is already the third most-visited social networking … [Read more...]

Intellectual Disabilities in Your Classroom: 9 Tips for Teachers

by Lisa Küpper and Kori Hamilton National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)  More than 445,000 students with intellectual disabilities receive special education and related services in our public schools. Perhaps you’re one of their teachers. If you have a student with an intellectual disability in your classroom, you already know that he or she has special learning needs. But how do you address those learning needs … [Read more...]

Speech and Language Impairments in Your Classroom: 8 Tips for Teachers

by Kori Hamilton National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) There are many types of speech and language disorders that can affect children. Over one million students are being served in our schools under the speech or language impairment category of IDEA, the law that authorizes special education. Do you have a student in your classroom who struggles with articulation, fluency, voice, or language? Is the student’s … [Read more...]

A Back-to-School Basic: Your Parent Training & Info Center

by Connie Hawkins, LD Professionals © 2012 The National Center for Learning Disabilities, Inc. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission. For more information, visit LD.org. I find it slightly amusing to be invited to write an “expert” blog. It has been more than 30 years since a psychologist put labels on the concerns I had about my son, and I vividly remember the strong emotions that experience triggered in me. That day my vision for … [Read more...]

Behavior: The Pressing Classroom Issue

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. http://iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu/ ******************************************************************************************************** As … [Read more...]

What You Need to Know about NICHCY’s Disability Fact Sheets

By Elaine Mulligan, Project Director, National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) Are you an educator with a new student in your class who has Attention Deficit /Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD)? If so, there’s a NICHCY fact sheet that can help you prepare. Are you a parent whose child was recently identified as having a learning disability? If so, there’s a NICHCY’s fact sheet that can help you understand how … [Read more...]

The Case for Inclusion: Does All Really Mean All?

Guest post: Tim Villegas is a special educator and inclusion advocate. His Think Inclusive website and blog are intended to create a bridge between educators, parents, and advocates. This guest post represents Tim's perspective and does not necessarily reflect the full range of options for service delivery in IDEA.  ******************************************************************************************************** The good ole days of exclusion. Things … [Read more...]

Teaching Students with Emotional Disturbances: 8 Tips for Teachers

By Lisa Küpper National Dissemination for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)  Do you have a student with an emotional disturbance in your class this year? Or perhaps you have a student whose behavior or demeanor makes you wonder if an emotional disturbance is going undiagnosed? If so, please read on. We know that emotional disturbance can be a sensitive subject. Emotional problems are painful to all concerned. Still, you can make a powerful … [Read more...]

The Case for Inclusion (Part Two): What Does Inclusion Look Like?

Guest post: Tim Villegas is a special educator and inclusion advocate. His Think Inclusive website and blog are intended to create a bridge between educators, parents, and advocates. This guest post represents Tim’s perspective and does not necessarily reflect the full range of options for service delivery in IDEA.  A version of this post was originally published at Ollibean. This is the second of a three-part series. Back to top Part … [Read more...]

Getting Clear on Response to Intervention (RTI)

By Kori Hamilton and Elaine Mulligan National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) There seems to be some confusion as to what Response to Intervention is and how teachers and schools can use this approach to help children. So, let’s start with some basics: RTI is not an action verb. You cannot RTI a student to support his or her learning and behavioral needs. RTI is not a place or a room in your school; you cannot send … [Read more...]

NOTICE: NICHCY is going away, but its resources are not. Find hundreds of legacy NICHCY publications, as well as our training curriculum on IDEA 2004, in the Center for Parent Information and Resources' Library at http://www.parentcenterhub.org/resources. This website will remain available until September 30, 2014. After that date, web visitors will be automatically redirected to http://www.parentcenterhub.org.