Intellectual Disability

What is an Intellectual Disability? (With Printable Milestone Checklists)

What is an Intellectual Disability? (With Printable Milestone Checklists)

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What is an Intellectual Disability (ID)? Intellectual disability (sometimes called cognitive disability, or previously mental retardation) is a term used to indicate that an individual demonstrates significant deficits in intellectual functioning (reasoning, learning, problem solving) and adaptive functioning (e.g., communication, self-help skills, social skills). Children with intellectual disabilities generally take longer to develop than average peers their age. They oftenContinue Reading

Is Labeling Children Good or Bad? The View of a School Psychologist

Is Labeling Children Good or Bad? The View of a School Psychologist

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I am a school psychologist. My main job is to evaluate students to see if they are eligible for special education. In order for a child to be eligible they have to meet criteria for one of 13 disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). If they do not meet criteria for atContinue Reading

What Can You Do if Your Child is Having Persistent Problems in School? (Tips for Parents)

What Can You Do if Your Child is Having Persistent Problems in School? (Tips for Parents)

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The contents in this article refer to public schools in the United States. If your child attends private school or school outside of the United States, speak to your child’s school to find out if their policies for addressing the matters discussed in this article are the same or different. When Would You Request anContinue Reading

How Do You Know if Your Child Needs an IEP at School?

How Do You Know if Your Child Needs an IEP at School?

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Intro Are you wondering if your child needs special education services or an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or how children obtain an IEP? In order to qualify for an IEP, your child needs to receive an evaluation in school (or at home if your child has not started school yet or attends homeschool). Depending onContinue Reading

Top 10 Tips to Get the Most from Your Child’s IEP

Top 10 Tips to Get the Most from Your Child’s IEP

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Published in Autism File Magazine Aug-Sept 2014 Issue 57-Republished with Permission When I first thought about the content of this article, I thought, well, this will be easy, I will just tell parents what I have found to be the key steps to take at Individual Education Program (IEP) meetings. After all, I just wrote aContinue Reading

21 School Accommodations Available to Your Child with Special Needs

21 School Accommodations Available to Your Child with Special Needs

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*This article pertains to U.S. public schools. If your child attends private school or school outside of the U.S., talk to the school team to find out which accommodations they are able to provide. Parents may not always know what accommodations or modifications are available to their child with special needs in school. This articleContinue Reading