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What can I do if I suspect my child has special needs?

If your child is struggling in school, you are probably exploring all your options to help your child find success. If your child’s challenges could be caused by a mental or physical disability, he or she may benefit from special education services.

Professionals who work with your child, such as a teacher, school psychologist or physician, can request an assessment. However, if you are noticing signs that your child may have special needs, you, yourself, can request the assessment to see if your child is eligible for special education services. Requesting an assessment is the first step you can take toward acquiring these services.

Should children in special needs programs be taught separately?

Some parents don’t know if they should put their child into a special education program because they’re worried it may separate their child socially.

If you’re noticing disability symptoms in your child, you should consider whether special needs education might help. In some cases, that may mean a separate learning environment.

Does my child have dyslexia?

Reading is an essential skill for navigating life. At this point, you probably don’t think about how often you use reading. Your child is beginning to understand this now that they’re getting further into their education. Yet, not every child learns to read at the same pace and conditions like dyslexia make learning to read more difficult.

Did you know that up to one-eighth of the U.S. population lives with dyslexia? These are people who don’t lack intelligence or the motivation to do well. Their brains simply have difficulty processing words in print.

Should students with a disability attend public or private school?

You want the best care and education for your child just like any other parent. So, you may be wondering whether choosing public or private school will impact their education for the better or worse.

Here are a few of things that are and are not so different between the two.

When a child’s disability leads to behavioral problems in school

All children act out at one point or another. However, children who are coping with a disability may experience more behavioral issues in school because of the disability itself or as a reaction to their disability.

As a parent, it can be difficult to be informed of these struggles without being offered a resolution. It’s important to know that your child has a right to their education, despite the challenges their disability may present.

Should I put my child in special needs education?

Many of us consider special education as a program used to help children with intellectual disabilities learn and grow at a different pace than other children.

However, special education is a right for any child with a qualifying disability under the IDEA. If you’re seeing disability symptoms in your child and he or she is struggling at school, it’s important to consider how special needs education might help.

Know your child’s rights at school

Parents with children who have special needs sometimes have to fight to ensure that school remains a nurturing environment.

There are laws in place that serve to protect your child from being neglected or bullied in school. Knowing these rights is the first step in taking action against those who threaten your child’s success.

3 Education goals for children with intellectual disability

If your child has an intellectual disability, also known as mental retardation, it can be challenging to know what type of education he or she should be receiving in school. Every child — no matter their challenge — deserves a meaningful education.

Here are three types of skills that help make an education meaningful for children with intellectual disabilities.

Does FAPE clarity make special needs advocacy easier?

2017 proved to be a banner year for the education prospects of children with learning issues. The Supreme Court of the United States ruled unanimously establishing a new definition of what "appropriate" means in the context of the free and appropriate education that federal law requires for each child in the country.

In many school districts, what was appropriate for many children with learning or other disabilities was providing the bare minimum. The high court said that effectively meant a child could receive no education at all and said that to be meaningful, education plans must encourage students to progress.

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