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I had thought that pinterest was only for wedding planning but recently discovered otherwise. It is true that a picture or graphic is worth a thousand words. Check out our new pinterest page and see if you agree. Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2013 at Special Education Law Blog
Sensory integration therapy (SIT) has been one of the treatment mainstays for thousands of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, ADD/ADHD, or other developmental disorders. According to the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), approximately 5 to 15% of children in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2013 at Special Education Law Blog
That you can’t fight city hall is a time-honored truism, but how much harder does it become when different city halls join forces to fight you? Parents in Orange County, California unfortunately are discovering just this fact as they advocate... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2013 at Special Education Law Blog
Even 6 months after the tragedy at Shady Hook Elementary School, we’ve all been asking what may have caused the horrific shooting. We may or may not agree that the ready availability of assault weapons and the playing of violent... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2013 at Special Education Law Blog
The fundamental challenge in finding an appropriate placement for the student with higher-functioning autism or Asperger’s syndrome is meeting the child’s emotional or behavioral needs yet not short-changing him or her academically. Notwithstanding the various challenges the student may have... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2013 at Special Education Law Blog
In December the U.S. Senate held hearings on ending the “School to Prison Pipeline.” As discussed previously in this blog and elsewhere, the “school to prison pipeline” refers to exclusionary disciplinary practices (e.g., suspension, expulsions, or even arrests) resulting from... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2013 at Special Education Law Blog
Although it seems almost a contradiction, children can be both gifted and have special needs, such as learning disabilities. Yet, because of their unique blend of talents and challenges, these students, known as “twice exceptional” or 2e students, can be... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2013 at Special Education Law Blog
I am still reeling from the depth and magnitude of what happened last week with the killing of so many young children and their heroic teachers and staff. I am not sure when, if ever, I will be able to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2012 at Special Education Law Blog
The following is the heartfelt wisdom and pathos from my own daughter. She is a beautiful, wonderful person who has had to face the challenges of being a sibling to a brother with special needs and the internal identity struggles... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2012 at Special Education Law Blog
The use of seclusion and restraint for children with special needs in our nation’s schools has received national attention. These practices have been deemed as cruel and dangerous, and various pieces of legislation have been proposed to eliminate their use.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2012 at Special Education Law Blog
October was National Bullying Prevention month. Throughout our nation’s schools, students attended pep rallies, signed petitions, wore t-shirts with anti-bully messages, and participated in anti-bully marches. Anti-bullying Facebook pages, some with extraordinary amounts of helpful resources and information, were created.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2012 at Special Education Law Blog
Taking a child with special needs to the dentist can be stressful for both the child and the parent. Parents know that their child doesn’t want to see the dentist, but does the parent know if the dentist will want... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2012 at Special Education Law Blog
That standardized test scores can accurately predict whether a student will attend college, be gainfully employed, and be successful in life have become the bulwark of educational policy in this country. How kids “measure up” on tests are linked not... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2012 at Special Education Law Blog
Young adults with moderate to severe disabilities who age out of special education if at all possible must have the skills to navigate safely through their community using public transportation for the purposes of employment, post-secondary education or training, or... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2012 at Special Education Law Blog
Many children have difficulty sleeping. But a disproportionate number of children with special needs have sleep problems. Anywhere from 49 to 89% of children with autism spectrum disorders, 25 to 50% of children with ADHD, and 34 to 86% of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2012 at Special Education Law Blog
In doing research on finding appropriate placements for students with either high-functioning autism or Asperger’s syndrome, I got side tracked by a little jewel of an article that had appeared in a magazine published by the National Education Association. Titled... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2012 at Special Education Law Blog
Thanks to Disability Rights Ohio, an Ohio disability organization it is now very easy to be an informed voter on issues effecting people with disabilities. They have put together a side by side comparison chart of the candidate's position on... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2012 at Special Education Law Blog
The number of children being diagnosed with autism is rapidly increasing. The incidence rate within the past few years has gone from one child in every 500, to one child in every 150, and now, according to the CDC, the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2012 at Special Education Law Blog
Elopement or running away behaviors are certainly at the top of the list of most serious behaviors that must be eliminated from the range of behaviors that a student with special needs experiences in school. I have had several families... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2012 at Special Education Law Blog
Over the years the question has come up frequently: how do I become a trained special education advocate ? My answer is usually along the lines of read various books such as material from Pete Wright, attend legal and substantive... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2012 at Special Education Law Blog
Here is another forum to view the candidate's respective positions on matters related to education and hopefully special education. Education Advisers to Obama and Romney to Engage in a Live Debate at Teachers College, Columbia University on Monday, Oct. 15,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2012 at Special Education Law Blog
Bill Clinton, in his address to the Democratic convention this month, decried the effects of the proposed Medicaid restructuring on the elderly, the poor, and families with children who have autism, Down syndrome, or other severe disabilities. Clinton, who said... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2012 at Special Education Law Blog
Schools are not like private corporations. Governor Romney’s goal to privatize, voucherize, and let the market determine winners and losers is simplistic. The reality is we do not have to wait to project that under his system special education students... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2012 at Special Education Law Blog
It is always nice when district's go out of their way to educate parents on the need to provide a 10 day notice prior to making a unilateral placment see Download 2500_0001. What this notice neglects to inform parents is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2012 at Special Education Law Blog
As an unfortunate legacy of the now discredited Wakefield “study” in many areas of the country, it has become too common that parents are opting out of vaccinating their youngsters before entering kindergarten. The negative consequences for their children is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2012 at Special Education Law Blog