Ten Things Your Child’s Teaching Team Wish You Knew

BY DEANNA PICON Parents and the teaching staff share a common objective: working together to ensure the best experience for your son or daughter. Every fall, parents and students gear up for a new school year, with high hopes for a successful academic term. At the same time, teachers, therapists and administrative staff anxiously await a fresh school session filled with both returning and new students, classes, activities and challenges. Parents and the teaching staff […]

Back To School: Have You Covered Your Bases?

GENETIC ALLIANCE BY SHARON ALEXANDER, MPA The Advocacy ATLAS has over 200 tools and resources developed by parents, parent advocacy groups, condition-specific advocacy groups, disability groups and other partners. This time of year can be both exhilarating and challenging for the whole family. Whether returning to school or starting school for the first time, there are a lot of things to do and moving pieces to consider. For children with special healthcare needs and their […]

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

BY JENNIFER WOODWORTH, PSY.D AD/HD that is not treated with therapeutic or medical interventions can have a large impact on the person experiencing the symptoms and the people they interact with. As school begins, children will be asked to sit still, focus on lessons, and concentrate for extended amounts of time. The first month of school is generally considered an adjustment period, yet after about four weeks have passed, teachers are able to identify students […]

Your Child with Special Needs is Being Bullied: What Can You Do?

BY MARION WALSH, ESQ., LITTMAN KROOKS LLP There are five action steps you can take to address any bullying of your child. Focus on Bullying Section: Part 1 of 3 Julissa is 12 years old. She has significant learning disabilities and vision and speech language impairments. She struggles with social interaction and is also very small for her age. After a few months in seventh grade, Julissa’s parents notice that she is becoming more withdrawn […]

The Benefits of Dual Enrollment

BY EMILY ILAND, M.A. AND THOMAS W. ILAND, B.S., CPA Dual enrollment can create a gradual transition that gives students with special needs the time and support they need to mature and develop skills for life. By the time students with exceptional needs are in high school, most parents are fairly comfortable navigating the special education system. The sense of comfort can be quickly undone, however, when parents start to think about the great unknown: […]

Eight Evaluation Essentials for Parents in Special Education

BY JUDITH CANTY GRAVES AND CARSON GRAVES Evaluations are a major part of the special education experience. The purpose of evaluations, aside from determining eligibility for special education, is to inform parents, teachers, and other specialists how a student’s disabilities may be affecting his or her ability to learn and interact socially with peers. This information is important in providing a road map for the student’s special education Team to develop an effective Individualized Education […]

Girl Scout Wins Disability Discrimination Suit Against Troop

LIVING WITH A DISABILITY BY JERRY LEVINSON Megan, then age 12, sued the Girl Scouts, claiming the organization violated the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 by refusing to provide her with sign language services and then by disbanding her troop because her mother complained. Megan Runnion was active in a Girl Scout troop run by the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, the largest regional Girl Scout organization in the United States. Megan […]

Exercise Is Important For Exceptional Parents

THE FITNESS PRIORITY BY KRISTIN MCNEALUS, PT, DPT You cannot continue to care for your family if you do not also care for yourself. We all know that exercise is important to incorporate into our regular routine, and yet there are many excuses that get in the way, and the workouts get cut easier than other tasks that seem to be a higher priority at the time. It may seem impossible to exercise at times. […]

Nocturnal Enuresis: A Personal Story

BY COLIN ELLISON I STRONGLY BELIEVE THAT DIAPERS SHOULD BE VIEWED NO DIFFERENTLY THAN OTHER FORMS OF MEDICAL EQUIPMENT TO MANAGE VARIOUS HEALTH PROBLEMS, MUCH LIKE EYE GLASSES, INHALERS FOR ASTHMA & WHEELCHAIRS Nocturnal enuresis (the clinical term for bedwetting) affects millions of people all over the world in all age groups. Although some people can be cured of their enuresis by using alarms, medicines, surgery, or other treatments, there are a significant number of […]

Military Family Stressors Can Impact Physical & Mental Health

BY JENNIFER WOODWORTH, PSY.D It’s no surprise that chronic or unexpected stress can lead to physical and/or mental health problems. And, as a military family, you might feel that sometimes you are barely keeping your head above water, let alone pulling ahead. Current medical research shows a connection between a feeling of general well-being and overall positive physical and mental health. This article focuses on the stressors that military families may encounter, how they can […]