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2017 Editions April 2017 Featured Magazine Special Needs Things to do

Northeast Ohio Sensory-Friendly Fun for Kids in April 2017

Kids and teens with special needs can come together for social and communication skills, and other sensory-friendly fun activities such as stories, movement and more. Parents also have the opportunity learn strategies for their children and gain support from others. ...
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2017 Editions Ages & Stages April 2017 Featured Magazine Special Needs

A Conversation with Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin, professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University, best-selling author, speaker and consultant of livestock equipment and animal welfare, has become a prominent and authoritative figure for the autism community.

The 69-year-old, who was diagnosed with autism at age 2, has inspired many with her talent in the animal and livestock field and travels around the U.S. to talk about her work. She has helped livestock through her designs of curved chute and race systems used at handling facilities. Grandin also developed an objective scoring system for assessing the handling of cattle and pigs at meat plants.

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2016 Editions Ages & Stages December 2016 Magazine Parenting Resources Special Needs Worth Noting

Get Children’s Toys on Loan

If you're looking for toys and resources for kids, consider United Disability Services in Akron. Its Toy and Resource Center loans developmental toys and resource materials to anyone working with a child birth to age 6 with special needs or a child developing typically. ...
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Ages & Stages Parenting Special Needs

Defining a Speech-Language Communication Disorder

A communication disorder is an impairment in the ability to receive, send, process and comprehend concepts or verbal, nonverbal and graphic symbol systems. Whether it affects hearing, language or speech, there are many variables to communication disorders. Learn more here. ...
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Health Special Needs

What is a Hearing Communication Disorder?

Learn the differences between a communication disorder and a hearing disorder, both of which affect an individual's speech or their ability to communicate. Each also can range in severity, resulting in many options for treatment or therapy. ...
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Ages & Stages Education Special Needs

Is Your Student with Special Needs in the Right School?

Midway through the school year is a good time to evaluate your child’s academic progress. You might be concerned about your child’s current school environment. Not all children can handle a typical education environment. Alternatively, you might be concerned about your child’s education plan.

Finding the right plan is complicated. Some learners need to have the curriculum re-taught. Other students need structured literacy methods like Orton-Gillingham or Wilson, or might need more hands-on methods of learning like touch math and/or access to graphic organizers. Students might need extended time for tests or require audiobooks to help them comprehend the material. You might question whether the school really understands your child’s needs. It can become apparent that despite all attempts to accommodate a student, nothing seems to work.

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Ages & Stages Education Special Needs

Words Matter When it Comes to Learning Issues

Attending an IEP or 504 plan meeting can be intimidating for parents. Walking into a crowded office with an intervention specialist, a classroom teacher, the school  principal, the director of special education and a speech therapist compounds the overwhelming concern for the immediate situation. Does your child have a learning disability? What special actions must be taken? How will this positively or negatively affect your child’s attitude toward school or the future?

It’s important to understand that the goal of your child’s school is to provide your child a free and appropriate education (FAPE) that may include an IEP or 504 plan that offers accommodations and/or services.  These services allow your child to learn in the most effective way and access the curriculum.

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Ages & Stages Education Special Needs

Understanding the Differences Between an IEP and a 504 Plan

If your child has a learning disability or requires accommodations to learn in the classroom, there are a host of specialized services available to your child under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Understanding what your child qualifies for and how to access those services can be a challenge. However, below is a snapshot to help understand those services.

What is a 504 Plan?
A 504 Plan is based on Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, a civil rights law that prevents discrimination based on physical disabilities. This federal law requires schools to eliminate any barriers that prevent students with disabilities from participating fully in their education. It also ensures that accommodations and support services are provided to students so they have equal access to education.

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