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Special Needs Children Play Challenger Football

Every year, thousands of special needs children are provided an opportunity to play flag football through Pop Warner's Challenger Division. The mission of this national program is to bring the Pop Warner football experience to all children, including those with special needs. The program aims to inspire these amazing kids regardless of their disabilities, to learn about physical fitness, good sportsmanship and friendship.

Anxiety Disorders and Special Education

Does your child meet the eligibility criteria for special education due to Anxiety? Anxiety affects as many as 6 million children. Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Social Phobia, Panic Disorder, Separation Anxiety Disorder and Selective Mutism are just few anxiety disorders that children struggle with every day. If your child suffers from Anxiety, he/she may qualify for special education and related services if their anxiety is impacting their education. Some common symptoms of anxiety in children are:

My Child has ADHD, Now What?

ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and its relative, ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) is characterized by lack of focus, restless, impulsive behaviors. For a child dealing with ADHD, school can be an extremely frustrating place. However, if your child has ADHD or even if your child has symptoms that seem like they might have ADHD, your child may qualify for special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

How Long Is The School District Responsible?

You might be wondering when the school district becomes responsible for providing your child with a free and appropriate public education, or a FAPE. Both federal and state law provide that children who have been found eligible for special education services (or who are suspected to need such services), are entitled to receive them beginning at age 3. If your child has been receiving early intervention services prior to turning age 3 (through regional center or another organization), those services will be the responsibility of the school district beginning on your child's 3rd birthday.

"Mental Retardation" becomes "Intellectual Disability"

There are thirteen criteria categories that students may be found eligible for special education services and supports under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act ("IDEA"). One of the thirteen, "Mental Retardation," recently became known as "Intellectual Disability." This criteria is used for students that present sub-average intellectual functioning.

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