Category Archives: Special Education

Special Education Placements

Special education provides critical services and support to approximately 11% of all students in the United States. These services vary in their level and intensity. There is a continuum of placement options in special education based upon the needs of the child. This article provides a summary of various placements along with pros and cons […]

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Treatment for Autism

Early intensive interventions can dramatically improve the outlook for young children diagnosed with autism. There are several different treatments that have been effective for individuals with autism. This article provides a summary of treatments that have had positive results. The most effective treatment plan most likely includes a combination of interventions. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) […]

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What is Autism?

Autism, or Autistic Disorder, falls under the category of a Pervasive Developmental Delay. It is a developmental disorder characterized by impaired social interaction and communication as well as restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests (American Psychiatric Association, 2000). How is autism diagnosed? Most practitioners rely on diagnostic criteria published in the Diagnostic and […]

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Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS)

What is Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified? Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (also known as PDD-NOS) is a developmental disorder characterized by impairments in reciprocal social interaction or the presence of stereotyped behavior, interests, and activities (American Psychiatric Association, 2000). A child with PDD-NOS does not fully meet the criteria for a specific […]

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Asperger’s Syndrome

Asperger’s Syndrome (also known as Asperger’s Disorder) is a developmental disorder characterized by impairments in social interaction and by restrictive, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, and activities. Asperger’s Syndrome is considered to be on the high functioning end of the autism spectrum.

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Specific Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia: FAQ’s

Dyslexia and Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) in reading are often mistaken for two separate conditions. They are two different names for the same underlying problem- a disability in reading. There are several skills that must be learned before a student is able to read. Children with SLD in reading (dyslexia) struggle to acquire the fundamental […]

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Dyslexia and Specific Learning Disabilities: 4 Common Myths

This article tackles the most common myths about reading disorders. These myths are so pervasive, that there is even confusion within the school system. Armed with the facts about reading disorders can help teams provide the best help to students who are struggling.

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Individual Education Plans versus 504 Plans

There is often confusion among parents and teachers regarding the differences between 504 Plans and Individual Education Plans (IEP). While both are legal provisions that allow accommodations for students with disabilities, they are not the same. This article helps to clarify the purposes and differences between IEPs and 504 Plans. What is a 504 Plan? […]

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What if My Child Doesn’t Qualify for Special Education?

Finding that your child is not eligible for special education services may feel like a roadblock. After all of the meetings and paperwork, parents are sometimes left with mixed emotions if their child is found not eligible for an IEP. You may be feeling a sense of relief that your child’s problems in school are […]

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Special Education Lingo

The field of Special Education is filled with acronyms and terminology that can be very confusing. This list represents the most frequently used terms.

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Understanding My Child’s Special Education Evaluation Report

Congratulations for making it this far in the process! By now, you might feel like an expert in the subject of special education. However, it is common to have lingering questions regarding your child’s evaluation report. Here is a summary of frequently asked questions.

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Special Education Referrals: Part 1: Demystifying the Pre-Referral Process

  If you are feeling overwhelmed by the referral process for special education, you are not alone! After experiencing pre-referral team meetings, multidisciplinary team meetings, enough paperwork to wallpaper a large home, and forms that are sent around and around the table at a dizzying rate for signatures, it is no wonder that you may […]

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Special Education Referrals- Part 2: Clarifying the Evaluation Process

There are different avenues for reaching the evaluation process. However, most referrals for special education are generated by the school’s pre-referral team. After the specified time of the intervention phase, the pre-referral team meets again to review the data. It is at this meeting that the team makes the recommendation to either continue with the […]

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Overview of Special Education

It is very common for parents to feel overwhelmed and confused by special education law, processes, and paperwork. Always remember that even if you don’t understand everything about special education, you know your child best. The information you bring to the table is incredibly valuable in developing the right plan for your child. However, it […]

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Understanding My Child’s IEP

The Individual Education Plan (IEP) is a legal document that spells out what your child’s special education services will look like on a day-to-day basis. It is essentially a roadmap guiding the team to provide your child with the help that he or she needs in order to be successful in school. Your input is […]

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