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What is an IEP and How Do You Know if Your Child Needs One for School?

In ADHD, Autism, Educational Strategies & Tips, Intellectual Disability, Learning Disabilities, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Parents, Special Education by Rachel WiseLeave a Comment

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 or cyber school). Depending on your child’s …

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21 School Accommodations Available for Children with Special Needs

In ADHD, Autism, Intellectual Disability, Learning Disabilities, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Parents, Special Education by Rachel WiseLeave a Comment

*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 article provides that knowledge, along with …

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Orton-Gillingham-An Instructional Approach to Teaching Students with Dyslexia

In Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Learning Disabilities, Parents, Reading Strategies, Writing/Spelling Strategies by Rachel WiseLeave a Comment

Orton-Gillingham is an instructional approach mainly intended for use with individuals who have difficulty with reading, spelling, and writing associated with dyslexia. Dyslexia makes it difficult for a person to connect sounds to letters and/or blend combinations of letters quickly and fluently in reading. Dyslexia can effect phonemic awareness, the ability to hear and separate the smallest sounds in a word, which  can …

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Research-Based Program Improves Students’ Ability to Focus, Concentrate, & Learn

In ADHD, Counselors, Education Strategies, Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Learning Disabilities, Parents by Rachel WiseLeave a Comment

Cogmed Working Memory Training is a computer-based program, created by Pearson Education, to help students improve their ability to focus, concentrate, and learn by improving their working memory. Difficulty focusing, concentrating, completing tasks, or even following instructions may be caused by deficits in working memory. Working memory is defined as the ability to hold information in short-term memory while using that information to …

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Learning Disabilities: What Are the Signs & What Can You Do? (With Interactive Checklist)

In Educators, Learning Disabilities, Parents, Screening Tools by Rachel Wise3 Comments

What is a Learning Disability? A learning disability interferes with one’s ability to receive, process, recall, or communicate information. Learning disabilities can primarily affect an individual in the areas of reading, writing, math, speaking, and listening. Focus, reasoning, memory, coordination, social skills, and behavior may also be impacted as a result of a learning disability. Research shows that students who …

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

In ADHD, Autism, Counselors, Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Intellectual Disability, Learning Disabilities, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Parents, Special Education by Rachel WiseLeave a Comment

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 at least one of these 13 …

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

In ADHD, Autism, Behavior Strategies, Educational Strategies & Tips, Intellectual Disability, Learning Disabilities, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Special Education by Rachel Wise9 Comments

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 an Evaluation by a School Psychologist? …

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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 a book that shows the reader, …

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How to Use the Visualizing and Verbalizing Strategy to Improve Reading Comprehension

In Autism, Educators, Learning Disabilities, Parents, Reading Strategies by Rachel Wise1 Comment

Visualizing and Verbalizing (V/V) is a research-based reading strategy for parents and educators to utilize with children (or adults) who have trouble with reading comprehension. Visualizing and Verbalizing was created by Nanci Bell, an expert in the treatment of language and literacy disorders. Many readers can read words and have a developed vocabulary, but still struggle to comprehend sentences or paragraphs. …