Tag: IEP

Summer Vacation Does Not Exist for My Family.

  This is the time of year that you tend to see lots of posts on parenting blogs about summer vacation, summer fun, what to do with the kids during the summer, day camps, sleep-away camps, being done with school, family trips, etc. Things are significantly different for my household, because summers look much like

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Why Parents Have a Hard Time Talking to Teachers About Their Children’s Needs

The girl’s violence struck the library like a bolt of lightning, drawing a gasp from the teacher and the librarian alike. Awkwardness soon followed the initial shock, and then the two adults exchanged a glance for a shrug. It was over. The teacher continued shuttling the children out into the hallway, back to the kindergarten

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Two Great Resources for Connecticut Parents of Children with Special Educational Needs

It’s been a while since I’ve written anything directly pertaining to the work I do with families of children with disabilities. I am a special education attorney who represents parents trying to obtain an appropriate educational program, known as an IEP which is short for Individualized Education Program, for their children with disabilities. This past

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Students with Disabilities, Public Schools & Standardized Testing

This article popped up in my Facebook newsfeed the other day.  You should read it, but I’ll summarize it by explaining that it’s by a mother of a 13-year-old girl on the Autism spectrum, who relates the story of how, despite her daughter’s varied and meaningful educational successes, the New York State Department of Education

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Back to School: Special Needs Edition

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, right? Back to school! New clothes, new pencils, new class lists, new medication authorization forms, new IEPs, new explanations of medical conditions or accommodations. Is there a new bottle of wine around here anywhere? I’m finding my first “back to school” season to be pretty stressful. In a

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