Especially for…Schools and Administrators

_________________________________Alert! Alert!  Because NICHCY’s website will only remain online until September 30, 2014, most of its rich content has moved to a new home, the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR), where it can be kept up to date. The new address of Especially for...Schools & Administrators at the CPIR is: http://www.parentcenterhub.org/repository/schools-administrators/_________________________________Learning … [Read more...]

Restraint and seclusion

From the U.S. Department of Education, this resource document outlines 15 principles for educators, parents, school districts, and others to consider when developing policies and procedures to support positive behavioral interventions and avoid the use of restraint and seclusion.  Additionally, the document provides a synopsis of ongoing efforts by federal agencies to address national concerns about using restraint and seclusion in schools. (Posted … [Read more...]

Educator’s guide to bipolar disorder

This guide provides a discussion of various dimensions of pediatric bipolar disorder. Contents cover (a) definition, diagnosis, and symptoms; (b) bipolar disorder, the brain, and learning; (c) treatment approaches; and (d) school accommodations. From the Balanced Mind Foundation. (posted August 23, 2012) http://www.thebalancedmind.org/learn/library/an-educators-guide-to-pediatric-bipolar-disorder   … [Read more...]

FASD: What school systems should know about affected students

This 1-pager summarizes how educators can address the special learning needs and behavioral problems to help children with fetal alcohol syndrome disorder (FASD) reach their maximum potential. (posted October 11, 2012)http://www.nofas.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/students-school.pdf  … [Read more...]

Balancing school safety and student privacy: Guide to FERPA for schools

This pamphlet from the U.S. Department of Education provides information about FERPA and the steps that school officials are allowed to take in order to ensure school safety, including during health or safety emergencies. Also explained are whether FERPA applies to law enforcement unit records (collected by security staff at schools), security videos, and personal knowledge or observation. (posted November 5, 2012)http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/brochures/elsec.pdf  … [Read more...]

The use of RTI to identify students with LD: Review of the research

In the Use of RTI to Identify Students with Learning Disabilities: A Review of the Research, Drs. Doug Dexter and Charles Hughes present the regularly stated criticisms of the current LD identification methods and review the latest research on the impact of RTI as a method for LD identification. They explore whether that research addresses the concerns and criticisms its proponents have about the use of the IQ discrepancy method or if additional research … [Read more...]

Autism: Evidence-based practices

Want to know more about what professional practices have been found to be effective with children on the autism spectrum? Explore the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders' Evidence-Based Practice Briefs. The Center has created briefs on each of 24 identified evidence-based practices. A rich treasure trove, indeed! (posted January 24, 2013)http://autismpdc.fpg.unc.edu/content/briefs … [Read more...]

Caring for the medically fragile child in the school setting

The presence of children with special healthcare needs in schools has broadened the responsibilities of teachers, school nurses, paraprofessionals and other school employees. This publication, The Medically Fragile Child: Caring for Children with Special Healthcare Needs in the School Setting, comes from the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). It educates school personnel on their roles and responsibilities in relation to children with special healthcare … [Read more...]

Educator manual | Supporting the student with Down syndrome in your classroom

This educator's manual describes the special educational needs that students with Down syndrome often have and discusses teacher strategies for addressing those needs in the general education classroom. (posted March 1, 2013)http://www.dsawm.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=EdUFKA910ek%3D&tabid=87  … [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.