10 Steps In Special Education

When a child is having trouble in school, it’s important to find out why. The child may have a disability. By law, schools must provide special help to eligible children with disabilities. This help is called special education and related services. There’s a lot to know about the process by which children are identified as having a disability and in need of special education …

National Family Caregivers Month

National Family Caregivers Month

November is National Family Caregivers Month, a time to celebrate the caregivers that devote themselves to caring for others who have intellectual or developmental disabilities. Caregivers are some of the most selfless, compassionate, and loving people, and we are so grateful to the millions of caregivers in the United States for their dedication to disabled individuals. During this month, caregiving …

Activities to Encourage Speech and Language Development

Activities to Encourage Speech and Language Development | IGNITE Advocacy

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association offers these age-appropriate ways that parents can engage their young children to help develop speech and language abilities. Birth to 2 Years Encourage your baby to make vowel-like and consonant-vowel sounds such as “ma,” “da,” and “ba.” Reinforce attempts by maintaining eye contact, responding with speech, and imitating vocalizations using different patterns and emphasis. For example, …

Multisensory Parenting Tips

Multisensory Parenting Tips | IGNITE Advocacy

There are many ways a parent can help and encourage a child by using some multisensory techniques. Although this may involve some changes in the home, the results may be well worth the effort. Provide a structured environment for work. Avoid outside distractions whenever possible (computer, audio players, TV, radio, general clutter). A clean, organized desk and room help your …

5 Symptoms You Should Never Ignore In Kids

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Most parents wear lots of hats: chef, chauffeur, maid and even “Doctor” Mom or Dad when kids are sick. Most times, common symptoms like a sore throat don’t warrant a trip but to the doctor. Other times, however, common symptoms like fever could signal something more serious in your child. How can parents know the difference? “Really listen to your child and try …

Can A Child With An IEP Be Expelled?

Can a child be expelled with an IEP?

When a child with a disability engages in behavior or breaks a code of conduct and the school proposes to remove the child, the school must hold a hearing to determine if the child’s behavior was caused by his disability. This hearing, a Manifestation Determination Review (MDR), is a process to review all relevant information and the relationship between the …