Resources Tagged With: IEP

How to Get the Right IEP or 504 for Your Child’s Learning Disabilities

It can be tough for any parent to get the special education services their kids need, but it’s especially tricky for Black and Hispanic parents. Read more ›

Self-Advocacy & Learning Disabilities

Self-advocacy gives students with learning disabilities the confidence to ask for the tools they need to be successful in the real world. The strategy not only benefits children at school, but in explaining their learning disability to friends and family members. Read more ›

Poor School Performance and How Parents Can Help

Regardless of your child’s age, the occasional school struggle is normal. But when that struggle becomes a pattern, it often raises concern―from parents and/or teachers. Read more ›

Debunking the Myths about Dyslexia

Dyslexia Help, an online resource produced by the University of Michigan, addresses some of the popular misconceptions and myths surrounding dyslexia and language-based learning disabilities. Read more ›

Parents’ Guide to 504 Plans and IEPs: What They Are and How They’re Different

Navigating the special education landscape can be daunting for parents trying to get the best education for their children. Here’s a guide to Individualized Education Programs, 504 plans and other aspects of special education. Read more ›

Assessment 101: An Inside Look at Evaluations

We receive lots of questions from parents about evaluations: Does my child need one? Or should we just start treatment? An evaluation by a psychologist or a multidisciplinary team can be a valuable tool in understanding your child’s strengths and weaknesses and provide a roadmap for next steps. It can reveal whether what seems like distraction, laziness or reluctance could actually be a sign of mental health or learning challenges. Read more ›

Understanding Your Child’s Psychoeducational Evaluation Report [video]

Has your child has been formally assessed for learning disabilities and or ADHD, by either a psychoeducational or neuropsychological evaluation? If so, understanding the report is critical to your ability to become the best advocate for their needs. Read more ›

The School Evaluation Process: How to Get Formal Assessments and Appropriate Services

Is your child eligible for a school evaluation for ADHD or a learning disability? If they are struggling with learning, behavior, or academic skills, the answer is probably “yes.” Understand how to get your child a meaningful evaluation and the important first step to securing the school services and supports your child requires. Read more ›

Questions to Ask Specialists Who Evaluate for Learning Disabilities

Hiring a private specialist to conduct a psychoeducational evaluation of your child is a big commitment of time, effort, and money. To find someone competent, ask other parents or school staff for their recommendations. You’ll probably want to interview more than one specialist before choosing the person who will work with your child. Read more ›

Private vs. School Evaluations: Pros and Cons

You’ve decided to have your child evaluated. The next question is: How? You can request that the school do the testing , or you can hire a private evaluator . Each option has benefits and drawbacks. Which one is best depends on your and your child’s needs and preferences. Here are the pros and cons of each. Read more ›

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