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Dyslexia: Early Warning Signs and Solutions for Parents

For Dyslexia Awareness Month, Learn Early Warning Signs of This Learning Disability

Is your young child struggling with reading? Have you noticed any potential “warning signs” that may indicate a learning disability like dyslexia? Research* shows that one in five people in the United States have some sort of learning disability – yet for many children, the problem remains unidentified and undiagnosed far longer than it should. Experts agree that early detection and intervention is extremely beneficial for children who are showing signs of dyslexia or other learning differences. Continue reading


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More Behavior Solutions In and Beyond the Inclusive Classroom

Book: More Behavior Solutions In and Beyond the Inclusive Classroom: A Handy Reference Guide that Explains Behaviors Associated with Autism, Asperger’s, … Processing Disorder, and other Special Needs

Amazon Description: Now more than ever, states are mandating that children with special needs be included in the general education classroom. As a result, all educational professionals, from teachers to administrators, need specific training on how to handle unusual behaviors.

This book builds on the success of the first one by expanding the focus from within the classroom to all areas of the school environment—in the hallways, cafeteria, and auditorium, on the playground, and in therapy sessions during the school day. See a particular behavior? Look it up! Continue reading


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Top 10 Things to Know About IEPs

From the National Center for Learning Disabilities: If your child is struggling in school because of a learning disability (LD), an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) might be an option to support his or her K-12 educational needs. Every public school child who receives special education and related services must have an IEP, and it’s hard to understate just how important this document is—it’s the cornerstone of a quality education for many students with disabilities. As a parent, you play a key role at all points in the IEP process, and your knowledge and advocacy can make a big difference in ensuring your child’s success.

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Inclusion Strategies That Work!: Research-Based Methods for the Classroom

Book: Inclusion Strategies That Work!: Research-Based Methods for the Classroom

Amazon Description: Newly revised to reflect current legislation and research-based strategies, this best-selling guide shows how to adapt teaching strategies, curriculum, and assessment to create a fully inclusive classroom. Continue reading


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8 Steps to Better IEP Meetings: Play Hearts, Not Poker

So many people ask questions about how to manage IEP meetings in the United States. Here are some tips from a leader in the industry. Also, be sure to check out his books (links to follow).

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50 Ways to Support Your Child’s Special Education

Book: 50 Ways to Support Your Child’s Special Education: From IEPs to Assorted Therapies, an Empowering Guide to Taking Action, Every Day

Amazon Description:

More than six million students in the U.S. receive special education services and that number is on the rise. Frequent changes in educational philosophy and special-education law have made it increasingly difficult for parents to establish an appropriate education plan for their children. This book looks at the many ways that parents can advocate for their children. including how to:

  • Communicate with teachers
  • Get homework done
  • Become involved at school
  • Ensure their children are well rested
  • Start a school day on the right foot

Advocacy comes in all forms, and sometimes it?s as simple as helping people get to know their child and family in a positive way. This useful book will serve as an invaluable tool for parents looking to establish the best educational plan for their children.

For the book, click here.

If you would like to purchase this book, please use the link provided. The cost is the same to you, but The Sensory Spectrum gets a small percentage to allow me to continue offering information about SPD for free. Thanks for your ongoing support!


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Building Sensory Friendly Classrooms to Support Children with Challenging Behaviors

Book: Building Sensory Friendly Classrooms to Support Children with Challenging Behaviors: Implementing Data Driven Strategies!

Amazon Description: Rebecca Moyes, a teacher, author, renowned lecturer, and mother of a child with Asperger’s Syndrome, helps walk any regular education or special education teacher through the process of setting up a sensory-friendly classroom in this easy to use book.

This is currently the only book that discusses the importance of data-driven strategies, and then helps teachers implement them!  Sensory integration disorder often presents as a behavioral problem; thus, although it’s an internal state, it has to be addressed based on what observable behaviors are seen in the child.  Rebecca is able to take the data  and work out how to make any student’s, (and teacher’s!), life easier.

For the book, click here.

If you would like to purchase this book, please use the link provided. The cost is the same to you, but The Sensory Spectrum gets a small percentage to allow me to continue offering information about SPD for free. Thanks for your ongoing support!


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Frequently Asked IEP Questions

Frequent IEP Questions

  • Question 1: What should I do if my child has an IEP but is not making any progress?
  • Question 2: I am considering moving to a different state. Can my child, with an active IEP, transfer into another program? Who do I need contact to make this transition?
  • Question 3: Can schools change classes of a child with an IEP without parental permission? What are a parent’s legal rights in this?
  • Question 4: I am concerned my child’s school is not really following her IEP. What can I do about this?
  • Question 5: How do I know when my child no longer needs an IEP?
  • Question 6: My child has a disability and I would like her to begin physical therapy. Is it possible to have the school district pay for this?

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This Is What Special Education Looks Like

We talk a lot about how the schools treat our kids, and I thought this graphic was a terrific snapshot of understanding what special education looks like in the U.S.