Special Needs

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? read more

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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. read more

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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. read more

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Early Intervention and the Transition to Preschool for Children with Special Needs

If your toddler has been diagnosed with special needs, early intervention is available to ensure their educational needs are met prior to starting preschool. read more

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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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Explaining Oppositional Defiant Disorder and How Can Parents Help

It’s not uncommon for children to misbehave or be defiant when following rules set by parents or other authority figures. While some defiance is typical, extreme or excessive actions can be symptoms of a larger issue such as Oppositional Defiant Disorder. ...
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‘Nessa Knows’ Event Covers Strategies for Behavior Plans and Discipline in School for Students with Special Needs

The Nessa Knows Series, “Paving Pathways for Students with Special Needs,” is a free two-part presentation that features Nessa Siegel, JD, a multi-award winner in her field and a recognized authority in disability and special education. ...
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Register to Join Wednesday’s ‘Cleveland Down Syndrome Day’ Celebration

The Up Side of Downs will hold a special reception, presentation and movie screening in celebration of the third annual Cleveland Down Syndrome Day. The Oct. 12 event is free to attend, but registration is required. ...
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