Time to Get Ready for the New School Year

By Louis Mendoza Father’s Network Learn about Father’s Network by clicking on http://fathersnetwork.org/ The new school year is just around the corner and now is a good time to start getting ready.   The new school year may mean a new teacher, classroom, school or just returning to the structure of a school day.  Taking some time […]

I want the kind with the people and the pictures

By John O’Brien After a difficult start –institutionalized from age three to twenty-three in a place where “they treated us like animals”– Mike has composed a good life, taking many valued roles: husband, father, worker, home owner, friend, organizer, advocate, mentor, teacher, neighbor.[1] Anticipating the changes that come with aging, Mike requested funding for a […]

Have you made your Summer Plans for Respite?

Consider Easter Seals! The Keel family loves to use Camp Eater Seals respite weekends.  The whole family benefits. Lacey enjoys meeting new friends and old while having a wonderful camp experience.  Her Mom and dad feel safe leaving Lacey at camp, they know she is in capable hands and they are then able to relax and enjoy […]

Q & A

Q:  I was at an IEP meeting the other day for my son who is in a “behavior” class.  They presented me with a form that I had never seen before titled ‘Emergency Response Protocol Addendum To IEP”.  My son already has a Functional Behavior Assessment and a Behavior Intervention Plan which is working for him and I […]

When Having a Medical Action Plan is Mentioned, Do You Think of your Child?

When is a Medical Action Plan necessary and do I need more than one?  In a school setting a medical action plan is required if your child has a life threatening illness or a condition (Asthma, cardiac, seizure disorders, food allergies) and/or require giving out medication and medical monitoring (Diabetes, complex on going medical needs, […]

Preventing the Tidal Waves of Challenging Behavior at Home this Summer

By Kelcey Schmitz, MSEd Center for Strong Schools University of Washington Tacoma The Whole Child Initiative (WCI) at the University of Washington Tacoma’s Center for Strong Schools helps schools, families, neighborhoods and community programs to create sustainable nurturing environments that support the academic, behavioral, social and emotional development of children. One essential element of the […]

Can I still walk with my classmates at the end of my Senior Year, if I participate in a transition plan?

Students often ask the question “If I participate in a transition plan between the age of 18-21, does that mean I can still walk with my classmates at the end of my senior, or fourth, year?”  The answer is a resounding YES!! In 2005 State Legislation passed Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5450 – “Kevin’s Law”.  […]

What is ESSA?

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) replaced No Child Left Behind on December 10, 2015, as the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).  ESSA will be fully operational in school year 2017-18. Who’s helping to make the transition to ESSA? The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires the State Education Agency to […]