Parenting a Special Education Student
Parents of a student newly diagnosed with a disability that is impacting their child's learning will find themselves thrust into a brand new world that can be confusing, and often, stressful. There are federal and state laws to understand and interpret, special education committees to work with, a whole new terminology to learn - not to mention the natural concerns and worries you will have for your child's future.
Here you will find a collection of articles, advice and opinion written by parents, grandparents and guardians who offer their insight, gained from years of experience. You will also find advice from special education professionals -- teachers who have, and are, working within the special ed system and can provide valuable input on how to work in partnership with the school to ensure your child receives the assistance they need.
- Learning About Delays in a Child’s Development: Information & Parent Resources
When a child does not meet her developmental milestones at expected times, she has a developmental delay. Children with developmental delays may qualify for special education services, depending on their needs. Parents and teachers can read on to find information on delays and the interventions.
- What is the Effect of Summer Break on Students with Disabilities?
Summer break may have both positive and negative effects on children with disabilities. Some students with special needs adjust well to the "rest period" of a break, while others fare better with consistent academic and social stimulation. Learn more about summer programs for kids.
- The Benefits of Occupational Therapy for Special Needs Children
Many special needs children need occupational therapy so that they can improve their fine motor, self-help, and visual perceptual skills. School based occupational therapy is available through the public education system. Learn how special needs students can qualify for school-based OT services.
- Does My Child Have a Delay or a Learning Disability?
As a parent, you may notice a discrepancy between your child and another child in development or attaining milestones. Differences exist between learning disabilities and developmental delays. Knowing about them helps determine the appropriate plan of action.
- Talking to Your Teenager About Asperger's
The ramifications of an Asperger's diagnosis may be difficult for many Aspie teens to comprehend. Here are a number of important tips to help you the parent explain the disorder to your child.
- Home Help for Children with Dyslexia: 5 Websites and Advice That Won't Cost a Cent
Dyslexia is a learning disability that affects 5-10 percent of Americans. If your child has dyslexia, he or she can receive help at school, but it is also important to support him at home. You can help your child be successful through the many free activities available to children with dyslexia.
- One Parent's Experience with Assistive Technology
Assistive technology is an ever-expanding, constantly changing field and one that is very exciting for families with children with a wide range of special needs. Learn from our experiences with our son Aaron and the technologies that worked for him.
- Task Boxes for Children with Autism: Review of Hands-On Tasks
Children with autism benefit from special resources like task boxes. A kindergarten level child can use these boxes to develop small and large motor skills, learn colors and shapes, and recognize patterns and sequences. Find out more about two of the best sources for these work boxes.
- A Job Like No Other: Roles of Parents of Children With Special Needs
Being a parent is likely the most difficult job one can accept. This job becomes even more difficult when a child has disabilities. Discover the important roles of parents of children with special needs and how critical they are to a child’s education and development.