Get SMART About Tracking Progress and Updating Goals with Your IEP Team

Holiday break is a good time to check on your student’s progress in school. You can take another look at the Individualized Education Program (IEP) and compare the goals to current progress. If you don’t have a current progress reports on IEP goals, mid-year is a good time to ask school staff to provide them. Read More

Finding the Right Child Care Provider for Your Child

by Marcia Jacobs, Communications and Marketing Manager, Child Care Aware of Washington Selecting a child care provider is one of a parent’s most important decisions. Your child may spend many hours with the provider you choose, and you want that playing and learning time to be well-spent.   All parents look for a provider who Read More

Developmental Disabilities Ombuds

By Tim McCue Self Advocacy Educator Pronouns: he/him/his Office of Developmental Disabilities Ombuds The Developmental Disabilities Ombuds; what are they all about? Are you frustrated with your DD services? We are here to help! An ombuds is a person who makes sure that people who are getting a certain type of service have protection and Read More

Placement: Deciding Where a Student Spends the School Day

Where and when a student goes to school is called the placement. The Individualized Education Program (IEP) describes how much time a student spends in different settings. It also includes a statement about how much time the student spends with non-disabled students. The IEP Team, including the parent, makes decisions about placement after talking about Read More

Get Ready for School with IEP Essentials

A Brief Overview Each student has abilities and skills. A thoughtful Individualized Education Program (IEP) can highlight abilities and provides the supports needed for the student to learn. This article will help parents understand how to participate in the IEP process. Every part of the IEP is measured against this question: How does this help Read More

How to Avoid Regression this Summer

What All Parents Face During the Summer All parents are faced with the dilemma: how to keep our children from experiencing regression once they go back to school after their summer vacation AND make sure they still enjoy their summer days without us pushing oodles of worksheets every day. Some parents even go as far as Read More

Suspension Know your Rights

A Dear Colleague Letter The US Department of Education (DOE), 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 Read More

Early Intervention Services

Great Information on Early Intervention Services After 121 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, I took my son to his assigned pediatrician at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska and was told I needed to arrange for custodial care for him. When I asked the doctor, “What is custodial care?” He stated that Read More

Stress and Children Ages 0-3

“The perception of stress varies from child to child; serious threats may not disturb one child, while minor ones may be traumatic to another” (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2015). Parents can’t know how stress will affect their child.  Just like adults experiencing something new, the effect of stress is different for each toddler or infant. Read More

Changes To Your Child’s Placement

It is the time of year that all of us have been looking forward to. SCHOOL IS STARTING! For those of us who have children with special needs this can be either wonderful or not so wonderful.  We, as parents, really need to understand that changes, anytime of the year, to our children’s program, services or placement cannot take place Read More

My child has behavior problems in school. What should I do?

When the behavior of a student with an IEP gets in the way of his or her learning or that of others, the IEP team must develop behavior goals or a behavior plan. Behavior plans are not punitive. They are positive plans describing how the school will support positive behavior through instruction or changing the Read More