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Special Education Terms to Know: Part 2

Special Education Terms to Know: Part 2

So my post got so long I needed to break things up! Here is another installment of the terms, defined, for your reading pleasure!IEP: Individual Education Plan is developed for children who qualify as a child with a disability under IDEA. If your child is needing...

Special Education Terms to Know: Part 1

Special Education Terms to Know: Part 1

I remember being in college as a Teaching Assistant providing tutoring to mostly freshman students for an Earth Science 101 class. Most of the students who attended my study group were failing or making a "D" in the class. When I asked them WHY were they taking Earth...

Lack of Effort or Slow Processing Speed?

Lack of Effort or Slow Processing Speed?

Slow Processing Speed. What the heck is that and what does it mean for my child???  Processing speed is the rate at which a person can take in information and process that information for understanding. Two of my children, Margaret and Joseph, tested as having...

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Special Education Terms to Know: Part 2

Special Education Terms to Know: Part 2

So my post got so long I needed to break things up! Here is another installment of the terms, defined, for your reading pleasure!IEP: Individual Education Plan is developed for children who qualify as a child with a disability under IDEA. If your child is needing...

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Special Education Terms to Know: Part 1

Special Education Terms to Know: Part 1

I remember being in college as a Teaching Assistant providing tutoring to mostly freshman students for an Earth Science 101 class. Most of the students who attended my study group were failing or making a "D" in the class. When I asked them WHY were they taking Earth...

read more
Lack of Effort or Slow Processing Speed?

Lack of Effort or Slow Processing Speed?

Slow Processing Speed. What the heck is that and what does it mean for my child???  Processing speed is the rate at which a person can take in information and process that information for understanding. Two of my children, Margaret and Joseph, tested as having...

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Girls and Autism

Girls and Autism

Where are the girls with autism? With more than 1 in 59 children having autism you rarely hear about girls with autism! I often hear about the prevalence of boys with autism but is that a true fact, that there are more boys with autism, or is it the skewing of data? Why are girls with autism missed? One of the biggest reasons why girls are missed because they are known to mask their symptoms and clinicians believe that the medical definition of autism is gender neutral with social ability to be more diagnostic of autism.

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Executive Functioning and Assistive Technology

Executive Functioning and Assistive Technology

Executive functioning (EF) deficits, common in ADHD/ADD individuals, can cause havoc! Here is a variety of Assistive Technology (AT) to help manage EF disorder. These can be used in both the traditional school and homeschool environment. There are numerous apps to...

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25+ Android Apps for Children with Special Needs

25+ Android Apps for Children with Special Needs

Assistive technology helps to provide people with disabilities enhanced learning, working, and daily living skills. The Apple store is loaded with an amazing selection of apps but what about other platforms? Android devices are rarely mentioned yet there are several apps out there that can be very helpful!

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2 Helpful Hints To Homeschool Children With Special Needs

2 Helpful Hints To Homeschool Children With Special Needs

When I first started homeschooling my surviving quadruplets (3 survivors), who all have autism, I felt like I had no idea what I was doing! Honestly, I did not. We both (the children and I) had to “grow” into our styles of teaching and learning. In this post, I will cover 2 helpful, and important, pieces of advice I have for those new to homeschooling their children with special needs:
– you will need about three years to learn your teaching style and your children’s learning style
– you will want to skip box sets of curriculum

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Adaptive Skills: Skills for Everyday Life

Adaptive Skills: Skills for Everyday Life

Adaptive skills are essential for a child to master in order to be a successful adult. Adaptive skills are defined as practical, everyday skills needed to function and meet the demands of one’s environment, including the skills necessary to effectively and independently take care of oneself and to interact with other people.

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5 Tips for Helping Your Child with Special NeedsTie Their Shoes!

5 Tips for Helping Your Child with Special NeedsTie Their Shoes!

Adaptive skills are essential for a child to master in order to be a successful adult. Adaptive skills are defined as practical, everyday skills needed to function and meet the demands of one’s environment, including the skills necessary to effectively and independently take care of oneself and to interact with other people. When I understood all my children’s disability issues it made sense that the first of my surviving quadruplets did not tie her shoes until she was seven (7) years old!

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Child Find

Child Find

Wrightslaw has a great article on Child Find and the basis for this article is from Wrightslaw    What is Child Find?   The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act includes the Child Find mandate. Child Find requires all school districts to identify,...

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Executive Functioning and the Impact on Learning

Executive Functioning and the Impact on Learning

Executive functioning often comes up in my Facebook group where I provide free educational advocacy advice.  Many schools fail to recognize a child with executive functioning issues even though it is common for children with ADD, ADHD, and Autism along with many other...

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Autism in the Educational Setting

Autism in the Educational Setting

Medical versus Educational This is a big post for me to tackle, and I hope you will find it answers many of the questions you have concerning Autism in the educational setting. Many parents, including myself in the beginning of my journey, did not understand there is...

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Dysgraphia: SLD in Written Expression

Dysgraphia: SLD in Written Expression

September 16, 2018|SPEECH (SLI), 504, ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY, PSYCHOEDUCATIONAL TESTING, EXECUTIVE FUNCTION, MODIFICATIONS, IEP, FINE MOTOR, NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL, SLD, ADHD, IDEA, PUBLIC SCHOOL, ACCOMMODATIONS, SPECIAL EDUCATION,...

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Dyscalculia: SLD in Math

Dyscalculia: SLD in Math

September 18, 2018|504, PSYCHOEDUCATIONAL TESTING, EXECUTIVE FUNCTION, MODIFICATIONS, IEP, NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL, SLD, ADHD, IDEA, PUBLIC SCHOOL, ACCOMMODATIONS, SPECIAL EDUCATION, HOMESCHOOL, MATHEMATICS, TESTING Dyscalculia is defined as difficulty acquiring basic...

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Kindle: A Cheap But Useful Educational Tool

Kindle: A Cheap But Useful Educational Tool

September 26, 2018|ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY Oh Apple! How I LOVE your wonderful product and the AMAZING array of educational apps; HOWEVER the cost is astronomical! By the time you get a new iPad mini 4 plus protection (because, let's be serious, your child WILL break it...

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Visual Impairment Covers Convergency Insufficiency Too!

Visual Impairment Covers Convergency Insufficiency Too!

September 28, 2018|ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY, IEP, ELIGIBILITY, IDEA, VISUAL IMPAIRMENT (VI), EDUCATIONAL EVALUATION In our sister group, IEP Assistance and Special Needs Parenting Advice, parents of children with convergency insufficiency or other visual impairments...

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Braille: Time For A Comeback!

Braille: Time For A Comeback!

September 30, 2018|ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY, SPECIAL EDUCATION, VISUAL IMPAIRMENT (VI) My son, Joseph, Brailled this birthday card for me. Though there are several versions of the alphabet for the visually impaired like the Moon Alphabet,  Gall's Traingular...

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Halloween Craft Ideas

Halloween Craft Ideas

October 2, 2018|OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY (OT), ARTS & CRAFTS, EXECUTIVE FUNCTION, FINE MOTOR I love holiday crafts! Arts and crafts are a great way to have your child work on fine motor skills while giving you a chance to break out of your typical, boring occupational...

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Please Wash Your Hands: Life with the Medically Fragile

Please Wash Your Hands: Life with the Medically Fragile

October 3, 2018|HEALTH, PREEMIE, MEDICALLY FRAGILE Life with the Medically Fragile So many exceptional children suffer from medical complications that make catching a "simple" cold anything but simple!  Yet, when parents ask family and other care...

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New Amsterdam: Schools can force medication?

New Amsterdam: Schools can force medication?

October 4, 2018|PSYCHOEDUCATIONAL TESTING, BEHAVIOR, EMOTIONS, PARENTS, IEP, NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL, MEDICATION, IDEA, PUBLIC SCHOOL, OSEP New Amsterdam, what happened???   Dr. Max Goodwin in New Amsterdam I was enjoying watching episode two and then I was SO...

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Halloween and Autism

Halloween and Autism

October 12, 2018|BEHAVIOR, EMOTIONS, PARENTS, AUTISM, HOLIDAY, HOMESCHOOL Autism Autism is a neurodevelopmental and behavioral disorder that impedes social interactions and is often accompanied by sensory issues that cause heightened anxiety and tantrum-like...

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October Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness

October Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness

October 15, 2018|PARENTS, LOSS, PREEMIE There are many woman who mourn for a child they lost in pregnancy or infancy.  I lost my daughter, Martha, the day after she was born as part of a set of quadruplets.  Her brothers and sister remember her and Margaret celebrates...

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Halloween and Sensory Issues: Sensory Processing Disorder

Halloween and Sensory Issues: Sensory Processing Disorder

October 28, 2018|HOLIDAY, SENSORY Halloween is right around the corner! Most kids can't wait to put on their costumes and make their way through the neighborhood, but for children with sensory sensitivities (often associated with ADHD, Autism, Anxiety, and Sensory...

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Prior Written Notice (PWN): Why it is so Important!

Prior Written Notice (PWN): Why it is so Important!

November 4, 2018|IEP, PRIOR WRITTEN NOTICE (PWN), IDEA, PUBLIC SCHOOL, SPECIAL EDUCATION In our Facebook group for parents of public school students, IEP Assistance and Special Needs Parenting Advice, the topic of Prior Written Notice comes up quite...

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Top 10 Signs of a Gifted Child

Top 10 Signs of a Gifted Child

November 17, 2018|SPEECH (SLI), EXECUTIVE FUNCTION, BEHAVIOR, EMOTIONS, PARENTS, NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL, PUBLIC SCHOOL, HOMESCHOOL, SENSORY, GIFTED The National Association for Gifted Children says giftedness is: when the child’s ability is significantly above the norm...

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5 Ways Being a Preemie Impacts Learning

5 Ways Being a Preemie Impacts Learning

November 18, 2018|SPEECH (SLI), EXECUTIVE FUNCTION, BEHAVIOR, FINE MOTOR, SELFREGULATION, ADHD, PREEMIE 5 Ways Being a Preemie Impacts Learning Pregnant with Quads at 26w4d. I would go into labor again 2 days later. November 17th is World Prematurity Day....

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Food Coloring and ADHD: What You Need to Know

Food Coloring and ADHD: What You Need to Know

Synthetic food coloring has been added to processed foods since the late 1800s.  The FDA has insisted that food coloring is not harmful to children and does not cause children to have behavior issues. If you read carefully what is written on the FDA’s site it says, “The totality of scientific evidence indicates that most children have no adverse effects when consuming foods containing color additives, but some evidence suggests that certain children may be sensitive to them.” Notice it says MOST children have no adverse effects.  This means some children do.  So what does science have to say on the matter?

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Special Needs Parenting: A Man’s Perspective

Special Needs Parenting: A Man’s Perspective

November 28, 2018|PARENTS, FAMILY It’s been the mantra since the dawn of mankind. God said to Adam, “Did you eat from the tree of knowledge?” Adam said, “Yes, but it was because Eve told me to.” Of course, this is a loose translation, but the sentiment has been shared...

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Interoception, Autism, and Food

Interoception, Autism, and Food

December 6, 2018|OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY (OT), HEALTH, BEHAVIOR, AUTISM, SENSORY I am sure you are asking yourself what the heck is interoception?  I had not heard of it either until recently.  Interoception, as we will be discussing today, did not really come...

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Fluid Reasoning: What Does it Mean?

Fluid Reasoning: What Does it Mean?

December 2, 2018|504, FLUID REASONING, WORKING MEMORY, BEHAVIOR, PROCESSING SPEED, ADHD, ACCOMMODATIONS, MATHEMATICS Fluid reasoning.  I often see this listed on neuropsychological and psycho-educational testing but what does it mean and how does it impact education?...

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Working Memory: The RAM of the brain

Working Memory: The RAM of the brain

December 13, 2018|WORKING MEMORY, PSYCHOEDUCATIONAL TESTING, EXECUTIVE FUNCTION, BEHAVIOR, IEP, NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL, SELFREGULATION, ADHD, ACCOMMODATIONS, SPECIAL EDUCATION, AUTISM, PREEMIE, EDUCATIONAL EVALUATION, DYSLEXIA So what the heck is working memory?  I...

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Hyperlexia: The precocious reader

Hyperlexia: The precocious reader

December 17, 2018|READING, ADHD, AUTISM, GIFTED I find the topic of hyperlexia quite interesting!  James, Baby B out of my surviving quadruplets, is a precocious reader. I kid you not, when he was 18 months old, I was out driving around...

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Top 10 Advocacy Tips

Top 10 Advocacy Tips

December 20, 2018|504, MODIFICATIONS, EMOTIONS, IEP, PRIOR WRITTEN NOTICE (PWN), PUBLIC SCHOOL, ACCOMMODATIONS, SPECIAL EDUCATION Sometimes, Michelle asks me to write the blog for the week. I don’t find that I am a very good writer. I teach Middle School Writing, but...

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ADHD: Impacts on Learning

ADHD: Impacts on Learning

504, EXECUTIVE FUNCTION, BEHAVIOR, IEP, ADHD, ACCOMMODATIONS, SPECIAL EDUCATION, EDUCATIONAL EVALUATION Practically every day in my IEP/504 Assistance Facebook group, I speak to the impacts of executive functioning in the educational environment. I think it...

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The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me! It is always hard to try something new; to put yourself out there. I am trying just that…I am not going to stay where I am! Welcome to Arizona Exceptional Students Association (AESA).

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

What a wonderful surprise on Christmas Eve to get a letter from the IRS officially granting AESA a 501(c)3 status!  Just as we got one of wishes for Christmas filled, I hope you have a Merry Christmas, and may your wishes come true!

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