Lockdown Losses | Recovering Lost Speech and Language Skills

Lockdown Losses | Recovering Lost Speech and Language Skills

Skills Lost or Delayed During Lockdown A recent study of over 50,000 preschoolers in England showed that current 4 and 5-year-olds are showing speech and language delays in greater numbers than before. A similar study in Los Angeles confirmed the British study. Because children did not experience the social and cognitive interactions they would have…

9 Essential Tips for Supporting Your Child’s Learning at Home During COVID-19.

9 Essential Tips for Supporting Your Child’s Learning at Home During COVID-19.

Will your distance learning be successful? As we face the reality of having to do long-distance learning with our children long term, parents are worried. After all, this distance learning stuff looks really different. Is it sufficient? Will my child fall behind or regress? What can I do to make sure this doesn’t happen? All…

Back to School 2020 with an IEP | Q and A with Attorney Laura Heneghan.

Back to School 2020 with an IEP | Q and A with Attorney Laura Heneghan.

Back to School With an IEP I’m sorry that it took me almost a month to get this video trimmed, transcribed and uploaded. A lot has happened in the past 3 weeks, including my father going into hospice and passing away. During the first week of August, I did a Facebook Live event with Special…

Should your IEP Change Due to the Pandemic and Distance Learning?

Should your IEP Change Due to the Pandemic and Distance Learning?

IEPs during the Pandemic As we head into a new school year that has even more unknowns than the spring, many parents are being told that their child’s IEP must change to reflect what is happening. First, let’s review. At the time of this writing, there has not been any federal guidance since March. At…

Can a Child Receive In-Person IEP Services if the School is Doing Distance Learning? YES.

Can a Child Receive In-Person IEP Services if the School is Doing Distance Learning? YES.

A FAPE Test Case and Distance Learning “In light of the foregoing, I recommend the Plaintiffs’ Motion be granted in part. Specifically, I recommend that the DOE be ordered to provide J.V.2 with in-person services as described in the September 2019 PO to the extent such can be done safely in compliance with guidance from…

What will happen to my IEP this Fall, if I choose to…..

What will happen to my IEP this Fall, if I choose to…..

Your IEP This Fall We are faced with so many tough decisions this fall. I addressed the decision-making process in this post: Should you keep your student at home or send them to school? How to Decide for Fall 2020 If you are still struggling with your decision, I encourage you to visit that post….

How to Request Homebound Placement | Examples | Sentence Starters

How to Request Homebound Placement | Examples | Sentence Starters

Homebound Placement during the Pandemic Normally, I’m against homebound IEP placement for most students. After all, it is one of the most restrictive placement options. And, it often gets used and abused and IEP students are placed in this “no man’s land” and fall off the radar and get greatly reduced services. But, these are…

My child won’t wear a mask | School and IEP Accommodations | Ideas

My child won’t wear a mask | School and IEP Accommodations | Ideas

Getting your Disabled Child to Wear a Mask If I had a nickel for “Well, just have him wear a mask!” I’d be rich. Am I right? Actually, we’ve been working on ‘wearing a mask’ for about two months. And we are now to the point where he will hold it in his hand for…

Calming Back to School Jitters due to the Pandemic | Tips for Parents and Teachers

Calming Back to School Jitters due to the Pandemic | Tips for Parents and Teachers

Nervous about going back to school? We all are! This year’s back to school time is going to be more anxiety-filled than ever before thanks to the virus and the ongoing pandemic. But, there are a few things you can start doing early that will help calm your child’s nerves and help them go into…