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.

Down Syndrome Karyotype

People with Down Syndrome, or Trisomy 21, have a karyotype that consists of 47 chromosomes rather that the 46 found in neurotypical humans. A karyotype is a genetic profile that medical professionals use to detect chromosomal abnormalities. Several variations of Down Syndrome can be diagnosed.