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Tzvi Schectman
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The Special Needs Back To School Series

Back to school seriesWe blink our eyes and it’s  already back-to-school season.

We finally get used to our summer routines and now we have to start shopping for school supplies, worrying about our children’s IEPs, and deal with the worries of how well they will handle school.

Over the past 2 years we have had a number of great articles that provide special education ideas and resources for parents of children with special needs.

Here are 15 articles that help you prepare for the upcoming school year.

5 Back to School Sensory Suggestions for your child with special needs

By: Jeanette Kevra
Going back to school can be a stressful time for both children and parents alike.  This is especially true for kids with sensory processing challenges. Here are some fun sensory-based ideas to ease the transition into the school year and help makes things easier on everyone.

How to maximize your relationship with the Special Ed Teacher

By: Marlowe
One of the most important pieces to advocating for your child is to create a supportive relationship with your special education teacher. Here are six tips to developing a great relationship.

Dear Ms. Bean: A Back to School Letter

By: Karen
Every September, my autistic son gets a new teacher. Every September, I write a letter to his teacher introducing him, his strengths and his weaknesses. It is my hope that other parents can use this letter as a template to introduce their children with special needs to a new teacher, and work with the teachers as a team.

Thinking Outside the Lunchbox: 9 School lunch ideas for your child

By: Karen
Is your child a picky or resistant eater?  Do you need help figuring out how to get your child to eat at school?  Have you run out of ideas for recipes or types of food that your child may eat for lunch? These 9 tips will help you out.

6 tips to help your special needs child go back to school

By: Sara
School is coming and the worries about school begin. Take a deep breath, relax and read these 6 tips to help your child with special needs go back to school.

6 steps to get the iPad into your child’s special education classroom

By: Tzvi
The word is out that the iPad is an effective device to help your child communicate. Apparently most school districts haven’t heard the news yet. Here are 6 steps to getting an iPad into your child’s special education classroom.

5 Back-to-School suggestions from a special education teacher

By: Melissa
Special Educators are a much needed part of the team. You can help them out by following these 5 back-to-school suggestions from a special education teacher to parents with students who have special needs.

11 Tips for a Less Stressful School Year

By: Jennifer
School begins in less than a month.  Are you ready?  Here are 11 tips to reduce the stress level for you and your child with special needs.

School Worries

By: Valerie
Fall is coming and with it brings the first days of school. Once again I worry about how my daughter with down syndrome will handle school.

Where should my child with special needs attend school?

By: Jennifer
Parents of children with special needs wonder, “Where should my child attend school?” To a regular public school or to a “special” school?

9 steps to write an effective IEP for your child

By: Jennifer
Children with disabilities are eligible for special services that are outlined in their IEP’s. Here are 9 steps to write an effective IEP for your child.

The Stigma of Special Education

By: Rebecca
In the  1950’s, 1960’s, 1970’s the “special” kids were sent to “special” schools or to the basement in regular schools.  Unfortunately, this stigma continues.

A Mom Talks with the Director of Special Education [Video]

By: Tzvi
A satirical and slightly sarcastic look at a typical conversation between the parent of a child with special needs and an official from the school district who isn’t quite getting it.

Individualized Education Program: Getting the best for your child

By: Rebecca
Parents of children with special needs and special educators may not always agree on what is best for your child. This is why it is so important to make sure your child has an IEP.

Why you may need an Advocate

By: Rebecca
What is an Advocate and why is having one important to me and my family? How does Advocacy work and why would a parent need it for their child?

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Tzvi Schectman

Written on August 23, 2011 by:

Tzvi Schectman is the Family Coordinator for the Friendship Circle of Michigan and the Editor of the the Friendship Circle Blog. You can connect with Tzvi on LinkedIn and Google+

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