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Behavior Intervention Services within the School Environment

Ensuring that a child with special needs is provided with the appropriate placement and program can be a difficult task for any parent. This article will explore possible ways to ensure that you child is provided with the appropriate behavior intervention services.

ADHD: Diagnosis, Medication, and "Disability" under the IDEA

There is no denying the sharp increase in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) diagnosis over the past few decades. Parents, teachers, and other professionals often argue over issues like drug treatment and proper special education services.

Music Therapy and Its Positive Impact on Brain Development

Katy Perry is best known for her catchy pop songs about California girls, teenage dreams, and wild Friday nights. But in 2012, Perry brought the importance of music and autism to light when she performed "Firework" with Jodi DiPiazza, an 11 year fan with autism. Watch the video at Comedy Central's website here.

Special Education 101

Navigating through the maze of special education programs can be overwhelming. Understanding more about the laws and the process as a whole can better prepare you to discuss your child's needs with the school. Here is a starting point in your journey to learn as much about your child's rights as possible.

Qualifying for Special Education: The Meaning of "Adversely Affects"

Millions of children qualify for special education services each year based upon specific disabilities. Severe language disabilities may prevent a child from speaking in class and participating in activities. Muscle weaknesses may hinder writing abilities, which affect the Student's writing assignments and homework. However, in some cases, the negative impact of your child's disability may not be as obvious.

Down Syndrome and Sports: The Heart of the Game

Football is about grit, teamwork and heart. Noah VanVooren, a high school student from Wisconsin, displayed all of this and more in his recent senior night football game. Watch Greenbay's Fox 11 news story here.

Choosing a Magnet or Charter School Placement Does Not Mean Losing Your Right to a FAPE

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires all public schools to provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to students with disabilities. This means that your child still has the right to services under an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) even if you choose to send him or her to an alternative public school placement.

Baseline in the IEP: A Good Starting Point

Your child currently has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). How do you know if his or her new goals are appropriate? The first step is to look at his or her present levels of performance. This gives you his or her baseline to create new goals.

Nonpublic School Placement: When Does My Child Need It?

Your child has not shown progress through his or her current Individualized Education Plan (IEP) placement. Is he or she ready for a nonpublic school placement?

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