Developmental Delay

Updated March 2012 NICHCY Disability Fact Sheet No. 9 (FS9) PDF version If you're reading this, perhaps you're concerned about your child's development. We're glad you're here, because there are many immediate things you can do to help your son or daughter. First, know that there's help available to find out just what the difficulties are, if any, and address those difficulties. The good news is that this help is usually free, and … [Read more...]

Children (3 to 22)

September 2010 In Spanish | En español The education of children with disabilities is a top national priority. Our nation's special education law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), sets high standards for their achievement and guides how special help and services are made available in schools to address their individual needs. More than 6 million children with disabilities receive special education and related services … [Read more...]

Overview of Early Intervention

Esta información en español | This information in Spanish December 2012 If you're concerned about the development of an infant or toddler, or you suspect that a little one has a disability, this page will summarize one terrific source of help---the early intervention system in your state. Early intervention services can help infants and toddlers with disabilities or delays to learn many key skills and catch up in their development. There's … [Read more...]

10 Basic Steps in Special Education

September 2010 PDF version In Spanish | en español Children can have all sorts of difficulties growing up. Sometimes problems are obvious right from the start; and sometimes they don't appear until a child is in school. Some children have trouble learning to read or write. Others have a hard time remembering new information. Still others may have trouble with their behavior. For some children, growing up can be very hard to do! When a child is … [Read more...]

Subpart D of the Part B Regulations: Evaluations, Eligibility, IEPs, and Placement

En español | In Spanish If you're looking for practical information, summaries, or how-to's about evaluation, eligibility, IEPs, or placement, visit our Children (3-22) pages, where you'll find what you're looking for in abundance. The page you're on right now gives you IDEA's exact words, without explanation or commentary. e-CFR Data is current as of September 24, 2010 The latest iteration of these regulations is available online at GPO … [Read more...]

Indicator 11 | Timeframe Between Evaluation and Identification (Child Find)

Updated, April 2013Indicator 11 focuses upon the timeliness in which States meet their Child Find obligations to evaluate children identified as potentially having a disability. The indicator reads:____________________________Percent of children who were evaluated within 60 days of receiving parental consent for initial evaluation or, if the State establishes a timeframe within which the evaluation must be conducted, within that timeframe. [20 U.S.C. … [Read more...]

Module 1: Top 10 Basics of Special Education

by Lisa Küpper, NICHCY July 2007 ** Este módulo está disponible en español: Los 10 Datos Principales Acerca de la Educación Especial Module 1 welcomes everyone to IDEA. With these training materials, you can learn about and give trainings that include: a quick overview to the 10 major steps in special education (three of which are evaluation, eligibility, and writing the IEP); and the top 5 acronyms used in special education (IDEA, … [Read more...]

Module 9: Introduction to Evaluation under IDEA

by Theresa Rebhorn and Lisa KüpperNICHCY | National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities March 2007 **Este módulo está disponible en español: Introducción a la Evaluación bajo IDEA Evaluating children for the presence of a disability is a very important process in IDEA. This module introduces basic principles and requirements that schools must follow for evaluation, including: the purposes of evaluation, parent notification and … [Read more...]

Module 10: Initial Evaluation and Reevaluation

by Lisa Küpper and Theresa Rebhorn NICHCY | National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities March 2007 **Este módulo está disponible en español: Evaluación Inicial y la Reevaluación Module 10 builds atop the introduction presented in Module 9 and looks at the specific requirements of IDEA regarding: the initial evaluation of a child suspected of having a disability, how the results are applied to determining the child's eligibility … [Read more...]

Module 11: Identification of Children with Specific Learning Disabilities

by Patricia Hozella Office of Special Education Programs U.S. Department of Education April 2007 English only slideshow Handouts for Participants in both English and Spanish Module 11 looks closely at the process by which schools identify that a child has a specific learning disability (LD). While all of the requirements discussed in Modules 9 and 10 also apply to evaluating a child for the presence of LD, there are many additional requirements … [Read more...]

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