Transition from Child Based to Adult Based Services in Behavioral Health

Transition to adulthood is difficult for all young adults, but if you are a young adult who utilizes Behavioral Health or Substance Use Disorder services it can be confusing and overwhelming. It is also difficult for the parents and guardians who support them. Moving from child based to adult based services takes some preparation to […]

Suspension Know your Rights Dear Colleague Letter

The US Department of Education, in an effort to keep families and educators informed, has produced a number of Dear Colleague letters on topics of concern. Among these are two addressing issues around discipline, suspension/expulsion, and the use of School Resource Officers (SRO’s). These are critical topics of concern considering the many long-term negative consequences […]

Can I Get Accommodations for College Entrance Exams? 

The transition from high school to college can be a daunting experience for any teenager. Part of the transition process is preparing for and taking the entrance exams for college. If the student is receiving accommodations in school, they may qualify to receive special accommodations when taking a college entrance exam. Being aware of the […]

Q&A Transportation and Private Schools

Q: I have enrolled my child in a private school in our town. She is also receiving special education services at our local district. We have been discussing if the District is responsible for providing transportation from my home to the private school. What are your thoughts?   A: We have Washington Administrative Codes (WAC 392-172A-04045: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/WAC/default.aspx?cite=392-172A-04045) that […]

What Will Happen When We’re Gone? Planning for the Future for Your Child with Disabilities

Decide What You Want Thinking about what will happen to your child once you die, or are too ill to care for him or her, can be scary and raise your anxiety level. One technique is to think about what you don’t want for your child – for example, “I don’t want my son to […]

Home for the Holidays : The Gift of Positive Behavior Support

By Kelcey Schmitz, MSEd The holiday season is upon us! Good food, family gatherings, festive decorations, changing seasonal weather and a break from school may provide you and your family with peace, hope and joy.   If your child struggles with changes in routines, different food items on the menu, overstimulating environments, long periods of unstructured […]

Developmental Screening (Birth to Three and Medically needed developmental screening)

Developmental screening is the practice of systematically looking for and monitoring signs that a young child may be delayed in one or more areas of development. Screening is not meant to establish a diagnosis for the child, but rather to help professionals and families determine whether more in-depth assessment is the next step. By using […]