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Stigma accompanies a mental health diagnosis for many Latinos

Loco in and of itself is not a bad word. Yet, in many Latino communities across the United States, the word has a stigmatized meaning. Mental illness is an issue that is often viewed with embarrassment and is seen as a sign of weakness. When families have a disabled child, this belief is especially true. Overall, you just do not talk about mental illness or other disabilities. That is the way it has always been, so why change now?

The signs are there

Your child deserves a meaningful education

It can be tough on you as a parent when your child struggles in school. That’s because we all want what’s best for them. That’s why we’re more than willing to read to them, tutor them and help them with their schoolwork. But what if our help isn’t enough?

There comes a time when you know that your child needs more. If you suspect there are learning issues, the first step is contacting the teacher and ask that your child be evaluated. In the evaluation process, you may hear some terms that can be confusing, but are nevertheless important.

Many Hispanic families need help coping with autistic children

Many families struggle when they learn that their child has autism. A major challenge, though, is finding information and resources that will help educate them about this neurological and behavioral disorder that often leads to their child being unable to communicate and having difficulty socializing with others.

A growing number of these families are Hispanic, and many of them may not know where to seek support.

How can I have my child evaluated for special education services?

Kids struggle in school for many reasons. If your kid is having that experience, it’s time to consider your rights and options.

If you’re unsure whether your child has special needs, you may want to consider requesting an evaluation. An evaluation can help determine the best method of improving your child’s learning environment for success in the classroom.

California special education teacher requirements to be overhauled

California teacher requirements are about to see some big changes that could not only help student with disabilities succeed in the classroom, but help these educators succeed in working with these students.

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing is adding core courses and an assessment that is already mandated for general classroom teachers to the training for special education educators.

Education Department eliminates 72 guidance documents

Last month the Education Department announced the retraction of 72 guidelines, 63 coming out of the Office of Special Education Programs. The rollback is part of the Trump administration’s efforts to reduce government regulations. The department says the policies were removed for being “outdated, unnecessary or ineffective.”

On initial review, the guidelines removed mostly clarified student and parent rights, sometimes using common language instead of legal jargon. Others clarified the financial details for using federal money for special education needs.

Minority students less likely to be put in special education

If your family identifies with a cultural minority group, you may bring vastly different life experiences to your social circles. This sentiment also likely extends to your children and their environment growing up. Among the issues minority families face in raising children is the achievement gap in school or the noted difference in academic performance between white students and minority students.

Narrowing the achievement gap

Challenges with getting autism detected early

How soon a child with special needs gets the help they need can be incredibly impactful. For many conditions, the earlier a child is able to get such help, the better off they may end up being in the long run.

So, it can be incredibly frustrating for a parent when roadblocks come up in connection to getting their child needed treatment and assistance. Among the things that can lead to delays in a special needs child getting treated for a condition are delays in that condition being diagnosed.

Nonverbal children and electronic assisted-communication devices

Some disabilities leave children facing difficulties when it comes to learning to talk. Being nonverbal can pose significant challenges to a child. This includes at school. So, what aids a nonverbal child has with them when at school can matter a lot.

One aid that some are finding to be helpful for kids who are nonverbal are electronic assisted-communication devices. These devices, which provide alternate communication methods for nonverbal kids, can take a variety of forms. They could be a smartphone or similar device with a specialty app loaded to it. Or they could be a dedicated device aimed solely at helping a kid with communicating. Such devices can also vary greatly in the features they contain, based on the unique needs of a child.

Education Dept. plans to scale back civil rights investigations

Like many federal agencies, the Department of Education is reversing course on some Obama Administration priorities. In the DOE's case, that means fewer civil rights investigations into public schools and university, according to an internal memo obtained by ProPublica.

According to the Times, the new leadership says the Obama-era mandates have bogged down the department. The affected civil rights enforcement mandates included, for example:

  • Broadening inquiries in order to identify systemic issues and classes of victims
  • Regional offices being required to notify Washington on sensitive issues such as disproportionate discipline and campus sexual assault

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