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Building an Effective Sensory Room 

With options for every budget.

Have you ever thought about building your own sensory room? Many parents have. Sensory rooms can be very beneficial to children with sensory processing disorders, children on the spectrum and/or children with anxiety and attention/hyperactivity issues. When deciding on a space for your sensory room, keep an open mind. You can utilize whatever space you […]

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Managing Challenging Behaviors

What are the common reasons of behavior?

Parenting can be taxing, but especially when you are parenting a child with special needs. And there may come a time when managing challenging behaviors will come into play. These times can often be stressful and difficult, leaving you feeling beat down, overwhelmed and frustrated. Even when you feel loss and do not know where […]

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Preventing Meltdowns

Yes, you can prevent meltdowns...most of the time.

Preventing meltdowns? Is that possible? Yes it is! If your child has ever experienced a meltdown, then you know how challenging it can be to calm them down. That is why it is best to avoid meltdowns as much as possible and implement strategies that you can utilize in your home and on the go. […]

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IEP Essentials That Every Parent Should Know

Never go into an IEP meeting not knowing these things.

An Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is the most important document that your child will have in their school career. This is why parents of special needs children need to have a full understanding on what an IEP is, how it is developed, what happens after it is implemented and how this IEP will continue to […]

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Getting Children with Autism to Communicate

Visual supports help to encourage positive behavior interactions with children with autism.

There are many reasons to use visual supports for children with autism. Visual supports are pictures or other visual cues that help children who have difficulty communicating. Visual supports can be picture cards, objects, photographs or even words. Visual supports are used with children with autism as well as children with other disabilities. For this […]

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Is Your Child's IEP Out of Compliance?

If you are not aware of what's in your child's IEP, you will not know what is not happening.

Getting through an IEP meeting can be such a relief. You finally feel that you have a plan for your child and your child will now receive the services that they need. However, participating in the development or update in your child’s IEP is only the first part. The second part is making sure that […]

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Important Rights That Parents Miss

You will definitely want to read this post!

I have found that there are many important special education rights that parents miss, either because they do not know about their rights or they may be timid in exercising their rights as a parent. Children with special needs have often been misplaced in an educational setting, not given the proper services and/or do not have the […]

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Understanding RTI for Parents

Early intervention is key when preventing your child from falling further behind.

There are many possible reasons why students struggle with the demands of school and begin to fall behind their peers in academics or show behavior problems. In an effort to accommodate the learning needs of those students who experience school difficulties schools across the nation are implementing an approach called Response to Intervention or RTI. RTI is […]

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Organizing Your IEP Files

The only IEP Binder that you will need.

Have you ever wondered how you are going to organize your child’s educational records? If you have not, it is time to consider making an IEP Binder. With this IEP Binder, you will stay organized and prepared for the IEP process. Organizing your child’s educational records is the first step in effective advocacy! That is […]

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Dispute Resolution Options: Mediation vs. Due Process

A must read if you are thinking about filing a complaint.

As more and more children qualify for special education services, there also seems to be more disagreements between parents and school officials. Since there is a potential for disputes, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) has already outlined several dispute resolution options to help parents and school districts resolve their differences. While it is […]

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