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mom&boysinofficeGet Ready for IEP Season!



All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual.
- Albert Einstein

It’s spring at last, when all of our thoughts turn to . . . IEPs. Yes, this is the time of year when we assess this year’s progress, plan for next year’s services, visit kindergarten programs/middle schools/high schools/colleges, worry about transitions, and meet with our IEP teams. With all of the activity and information at meetings, it can be hard to get your priorities and concerns heard.

This month, we’re sharing resources that can help you to prepare for IEP meetings. April is also Autism Awareness Month, so we’re including some of our favorite resources for supporting students on the autism spectrum.

As always, we welcome your feedback in all forms. Please feel free to contact us at nichcy@fhi360.org.

Our best to you,

Your friends
at the National Dissemination Center
for Children with Disabilities


All about the IEP.
Explore this section of our website to find answers to your IEP questions. Who’s on the IEP team? What’s in an IEP? What happens at IEP meetings? Can a member of the team be excused from attending an IEP meeting?

Parent’s guide to developing your child’s IEP.
One of our most popular publications! It’s also available in Spanish.

Need to train others on the IEP?
Check out the 3 training modules on the IEP that NICHCY has produced for the Office of Special Education Programs. Each includes a slideshow presentation in English and in Spanish, a trainer’s guide, and handouts for participants in English and in Spanish. Download any or all of these three modules: The IEP Team, Contents of the IEP, and Meetings of the IEP Team.

NICHCY Resources for Autism Awareness

Autism Spectrum Disorders Fact Sheet.

Research Summaries.
Interventions for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Logo of the IDEA Partnership.

The organizations in the IDEA Partnership are sharing a collection of tools for use during Autism Awareness Month. These tools were developed with participation by a variety of stakeholders and vetted by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).



The IEP process needs you!
This guide is written for parents to help them prepare for and participate in the writing of their child’s IEP.
English version: http://sped.lausd.net/sepg2s/parents/iepprocess/iepprocesguide_eng.pdf
En Español: http://sped.lausd.net/sepg2s/parents/iepprocess/iepprocessguide_sp.pdf

Challenging behavior? Positive solutions for families.
This four-page brochure gives parents with 8 practical tips they can use when their young children exhibit challenging behavior. Each tip includes a brief explanation and an example of how parents might use the specific approach with their own family in everyday life.
English version: http://tinyurl.com/cruacsx
En Español: http://tinyurl.com/dyb9s8h

Wrightslaw resources for IEP season.

Wrightslaw game plan: SMART IEPs.

When the IEP services are not delivered.

Can parents demand a member of the IEP team be excluded?

Resources for Autism Awareness

Therapies for children with autism spectrum disorders: Review of the research.
This guide describes research about the possible benefits and negative side effects of therapies for children who are between 2 and 12 years old and have an ASD. It was created to help parents and caregivers talk with their doctor, school administrator, social worker, and health insurance representative about programs and therapies.
English version: http://tinyurl.com/cp4j52k
En Español: http://tinyurl.com/cf4st8n

Preventing and dealing with autism behavior problems.
This help guide article provides valuable insights into how the behavior of a child with autism can be analyzed for its underlying messages about things that are important to the child.

You might be an autism parent if …
Sometimes you just need to communicate with others who understand your challenges. A Twitter party with the hashtag #youmightbeanautismparentif offers a little snapshot of the inner lives of families who love someone with autism.

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Videos that show typical and atypical development.
If pictures speak louder than 1000 words, you’ll appreciate these videos comparing typical and atypical development at 2 months, 4 months, and 6 months. There’s also a video for parents called Is My Baby Okay?, and it’s available in English, Spanish, and Chinese.

Challenging behavior in young children: What’s developmentally appropriate and what’s a concern?
This brief from Early Head Start provides tips and strategies for understanding and managing challenging behavior in very young children.

Resources for Autism Awareness

ECTA Center’s Topic Page on Autism.
The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center’s topic pages are a great place to find resources. Their Autism page offers information on early identification of ASD in young children, elements of effective programs, personnel preparation to serve young children with ASD, resources for families, and more.

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IEP Headquarters.
The National Center for Learning Disabilities has created an IEP Headquarters on LD.org – a new section of its site that brings all of its IEP content (checklists, personal stories, videos, the new “IEP Roadmap” infographic, and more) together in one convenient place.

Don’t forget about the special factors when developing IEPs.
There are 5 special factors to consider when writing or revising a student’s IEP: Is behavior an issue? Is the student limited English proficient? Could the student benefit from assistive technology? from Braille instruction? And there’s more.

The school’s responsibilities when scheduling an IEP meeting.
What must the school do before convening an IEP meeting?

Educators, share your thoughts on parent-teacher partnerships.
Dr. Tracy Mueller is conducting a survey study about special educator preparation for building parent-teacher partnerships (specifically conflict prevention and dispute resolution). This survey should take no more than 5-10 minutes to complete. Please go to the link below and please forward this to any other educators you know.

Resources for Autism Awareness

Age appropriate transition assessment toolkit, 3rd Edition.
New from the National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center, this document helps educators work with students to develop postsecondary goals for the transition component of the IEP, make instructional programming decisions, and include information in the present level of performance related to a student’s interests, preferences, and needs in the IEP. http://nsttac.org/sites/default/files/assets/toolkits/ageAppTrans/AgeAppropriateTransitionAssessmentToolkit2013.pdf

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Crisis intervention resources.
Recognizing that special education administrators need resources to support schools in their work with students and staff when impacted by crisis situations, the Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE) has compiled a list of excellent resources from various sources that may be helpful to administrators in their roles of supporting students and staff.

IEP/IFSP facilitation: practical insights and programmatic considerations.
The National Center on Dispute Resolution in Special Education’s (CADRE’s) new document summarizes practical insights and promising practices for IEP/IFSP facilitation. Among the highlight are strategies that can be used prior to and during a meeting as well as considerations for those designing and managing facilitation programs.

Resources for Autism Awareness

Interagency autism coordinating committee.
The IACC coordinates all efforts within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) concerning research into ASDs. Every year the IACC releases a Summary of Advances in Autism Spectrum Disorder Research conducted in the previous year. Read all the latest findings (and more) at: http://iacc.hhs.gov/

Autism internet modules.
The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders is developing online modules for 24 identified evidence-based practices for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). To access the online modules, you must register for a free account. Select the “Sign Up” or “Create an Account” option on the Autism Internet Modules (AIM) website. http://www.autisminternetmodules.org/

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Publication of this eNewsletter is made possible through Cooperative Agreement #H326N110002 between FHI 360 and the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) of the U.S. Department of Education. The contents do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of Education, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government or by the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities.


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