Preventing the use of restraint and seclusion with young children

Preventing the Use of Restraint and Seclusion with Young Children: The Role of Effective, Positive Practices is an issue brief from TACSEI, the  Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children. The brief addresses the concerns of recent years regarding the use of restraint and seclusion to control the behavior of children with disabilities and/or challenging behavior.  In May of 2009, for example, the US Government … [Read more...]

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: A resource collection

.Visit the Maternal and Child Health Library for key resources on FASD, including websites; fact sheets and brochures; screening, diagnosis, surveillance, intervention, and training tools; and prevention-education materials (in both English and non-English languages). … [Read more...]

FAQs: Speech and language disorders in the school setting

If you are wondering if a possible speech-language disorder is affecting your child's school performance, you may find this FAQ helpful. … [Read more...]

Early signs of a learning disability

Children who may have a disability often exhibit signs that their development is not typical at a very early age. The presence of significant delays in specific areas of development, when other skills are age appropriate, could indicate that a child has a learning disability. This resource page at the Learning Disabilities Association of America will connect you with helpful resources to help you understand the early signs of learning disabilities, … [Read more...]

Preparing for Special Education Mediation and Resolution Sessions: A Guide for Families and Advocates

The Advocacy Institute partnered with the Children's Law Clinic at Duke Law School to develop this guide for families and advocates on preparing for mediations and resolution sessions. … [Read more...]

Matching AT to students’ special needs

Assistive Technology to Meet K-12 Student Needs is a great resource offered by the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory. It provides extensive lists of AT for vision, hearing, communication, access, and learning and studying. … [Read more...]

Educating elementary and middle school children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders

Reach to Teach: Educating Elementary and Middle School Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders is a valuable resource for parents and teachers to use in educating elementary and middle school children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). The booklet provides a basic introduction to FASD, and provides tools to enhance communication between parents and teachers. (April 2011) … [Read more...]

Autism spectrum disorders: A primer for parents and educators

This primer comes from the National Association of School Psychologists with basic facts about autism spectrum disorders and effective intervention strategies. … [Read more...]

Evidence-based nonpunitive alternatives to zero tolerance

"Zero tolerance" refers to school disciplinary policies that set out explicit, predetermined punishments for specific violations of school rules, regardless of the situation or context of the behavior. These arose in the wake of school violence episodes such as Columbine. This resource, Multiple Responses, Promising Results: Evidence-based Nonpunitive Alternatives to Zero Tolerance, is a 12-page research-to-results brief from Child Trends. The brief … [Read more...]

Importance of early intervention for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families

This fact sheet from NECTAC provides a brief overview of the Part C program and quick facts from the research on early brain development, the importance of intervening early, the benefits of early intervention, and current unmet needs. It is meant to be used as a tool to communicate with policymakers, pediatricians, families, and community leaders about the importance of high quality services for infants and toddlers with or at risk for developmental … [Read more...]

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