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Special Education Programs for Learning Disabilities in Public Schools

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Special Education - The Special Education Process in Six Steps
Understand the special education process from referral to services in just six steps.

Essential Tasks To Do Before the End of the School Year
Why are we thinking about things to do before the end of the school year? Because it will be here before you know it, and the to do list takes time. Starting your to do list now will help you avoid delays during the mad rush at the end of the school year.

What are Special Education Referral Forms?
Special education referral forms are some of the first official special education documents you will encounter as your child begins the eligibility process. Check out this example of a special education referral form, and learn about its contents.

Back to School with Learning Disabilities - Plan for Success with LDs…
Is anyone really ready for back to school? I'm thinking the answer is no. Each year, we resolve to do better, plan ahead, get things done sooner. For me, it hasn't happened yet, and I've got a high schooler this year! That said, there is something about the mad dash for back to school that makes us prioritize and helps us streamline our efforts by focusing on what is really important and toss…

The IEP Development Process - Developing an Individual Education Program
Developing your child's Individual Education Program (IEP) is one of the most important aspects of her special education program. Understanding the process can help you better prepare and participate more actively.

Advocacy Mistakes - Ruin Credibility, Hurt Your Child with Advocacy Mistakes
If you've been experiencing problems with your child's special education program, you may have encountered advocates. While there are many excellent advocates, there are also many who are ineffective and may cause more harm than good. Learn about common advocacy mistakes that can ruin your credibility with complaint investigators and negatively affect your child's program.

What to Expect at the IEP Team Meeting - Understanding IEP Team Meetings
IEP Team meetings are an important part of your child's special education program. Learn what to expect during IEP team meetings and how you can actively participate in this important decision making process to strengthen your child's special education program.

Reasons Parents are Important to the IEP Team
It has been said that parents are their children’s first and most important teachers, and this is absolutely true. Learn about the importance of parent participation in the Individual Education Program (IEP) team. Explore roles and functions of the team and its members and how vital parent participation is to the child's success in school and in life.

What is the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)?
What is the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)? Find out the definition and information related to special education on About.com's site for Learning Disabilities.

What is a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)?
What is a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)? Find out what FAPE is and how it applies to children with disabilities in public schools.

What is an Individual Education Program (IEP)?
What is an Individual Education Program (IEP)? Learn about IEPs and what they include.

Essential Parts of an Individual Education Program - Parts of an IEP
The Individual Education Program is the road map for your child's educational program. It tells you where you are, states where you want to go, and details how you will get there. Learn about the essential elements of an IEP.

What is Specially Designed Instruction (SDI)?
Learn about specially designed instruction (SDI)and explore other areas of special education and educational disabilities on the learning disability site from About.com.

Learn How Student Educational Progress is Measured in Special Education
Learn about the most common ways teachers measure student educational progress for special education programs. Measuring student educational progress is important in developing and implementing instructional strategies and evaluating program effectiveness for your learning disabled child.

What Does Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) Mean?
Learn about placement decisions and the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). Find out what LRE means and how it is determined, and learn about alternatives available to support your child's learning.

Special Education Resources on About.com's Special Education Site
Special education. What you need to know about special education.

How Schools Teach Special Education Students in Collaborative Classrooms
Learn about common collaboration models used in public schools to provide instruction for special education students.

Refer Your Child for Assessment - Making Referral for Special Education Testing
If you suspect your child has a learning disability, learn how to begin the referral process and what it involves. Find out how to make a referral for your child.

Ensuring an Appropriate Diagnosis - Tips for Accurate Assessment in Minorities
Disproportionate placement of minority children in special education programs is a growing concern in education. If you are the parent or teacher of a minority child who is being referred for special education, learn what you need to know to ensure that if a disability is diagnosed, it is appropriate for your child.

Best Practices for Testing English Language Learners
Learn best practices for learning disabilities in students who are English language learners (ELL) or have English as a Second Language (ESL). Explore ways to determine appropriate testing methods and practices.

Ways to Accommodate Parents of English Language Learners
Learn ways schools can help parents of English Language Learners (ELL) and English as a Second Language (ESL) students communicate more effectively with schools. Learn about the importance of translation services and practical ways they can be provided at your school, no matter where you are!

Disproportionality - What is Disproportionality in Special Education Programs?
If your child is an English language learner or from an ethnic minority group, and you suspect she may have a disability, disproportionality in special education programs may be of concern to you. Learn about disproportionality in special education programs, what it means, and why it is important to you and your child.

Handling Low Grades on Your Child's Report Card
When your child receives low grades on a report card, expected or not, it can be a difficult time for you and your learning disabled child. Learn ways you can prepare for poor report cards in advance, and what you can do to turn this difficult time into a constructive learning experience.

Handle Conflicts With Your Child's School
Parents of children with learning disabilities may too often find themselves in conflict with their children's schools. Learn ways to keep the conflict in perspective and keep the focus on the student's needs.

Educational Program Planning for Brain Injured Students
Children with brain injuries present special challenges for parents and educators. Traumatic Brain Injury is included as a diagnostic category in the IDEA, and students with disabling brain injuries are eligible for special education and related services. Depending on the degree of injury, the needs of students will vary. Explore principals of program planning and best practices for meeting the complex needs of these students.

What is Regression?
Learn about regression; what it is, and how it happens.

Council for Exceptional Children
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is a national organization supporting educators, parents, and other professionals who work with and for children with disabilities. The CEC provides informational resources and materials aimed toward improving outcomes for children with disabilities.

Understanding Special Education Conferences
Special education conferences are an important part of your child's special education program. Learn what to expect during special education conferences and how you can actively participate in this important decision making process.

Share Your Best and Worst Teacher Experiences
Has your child ever had an experience with a teacher that profoundly affected him or her? Share your best and worst teacher experiences with your learning disabled child.See submissions

Special Education Meetings - Ways To Improve Special Education Meetings
Does your stomach turn at the thought of a special education meeting for your child? Learn ways to improve special education meetings.

What Is a Special Needs Teacher?
The challenge of being a special needs teacher can be a challenging yet fulfilling position. Learn more about the role of a special education teacher.

Social Promotion: Why Do Some Schools Push ADHD Children Through?
A mother shares her experiences and frustration with a school system she feels is not doing her son any favors by giving him good grades for effort.

Private School Tuition - Is It Really Worth It?
Deciding on the right course of action for your son or daughter is perpetually difficult. We look at private tutoring and discuss its benefits and drawbacks.

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