Posts Tagged:Special Education

Warning Signs of Dyslexia in Middle-Schoolers

Originally found as part of the Dyslexia Warning Signs series at Understood For many children, the first signs of dyslexia show up in middle school. As academic workloads increase, it becomes increasingly more difficult to hide struggles with reading, writing, and speaking. Unless you monitor your child’s homework assignments, it may be difficult to notice…

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Warning Signs of Dyslexia in High-Schoolers

Originally found as part of the Dyslexia Warning Signs series at Understood Some teenagers who appear to be socially awkward may actually be struggling with dyslexia. Many language and social skills are affected through this condition, such as relating to others, reading, and even driving. If you have concerns about a seemingly unmotivated, awkward, or…

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Warning Signs for Dyslexia in Grade-Schoolers

Originally found as part of the Dyslexia Warning Signs series at Understood As each year of grade school passes, children are expected to learn more about reading, writing, and properly communicating with others. Therefore, the warning signs of dyslexia may start to become more obvious. Children spend much more time at school learning literacy-based skills,…

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Warning Signs for Dyslexia in Preschoolers

Originally found as part of the Dyslexia Warning Signs series at Understood Dyslexia affects the manner in which someone’s brain processes written and spoken language. Children may show warning signs of the condition before they are able to read, as several language skills compose the necessary functions needed. Although some behavioral concerns may manifest themselves…

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Why Are So Many African American Students Placed in Special Education? (Video)

[fvplayer src=”″] The purpose of this webinar, hosted by Dr. Shanelle R. Reid, is to discuss how past legislation has impacted African American student achievement. The discussion will include a detailed overview of several unintended consequences of this legislation, while identifying factors that have contributed to disproportionality. Please subscribe, comment, and share!

Differences Between Modifications and Accommodations

Originally found at Understood. If your child has an IEP or 504, there may be several modifications and/or accommodations listed. Accommodations change the manner in which a student learns the material, and modifications alter what specifically the child is taught or supposed to learn. Common types of accommodations include: presentation accommodations e.g. recording a lesson…

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Is Your Child’s 504 Plan Being Followed? 6 Tips to Find Out

After various meetings and consultations, your child now has a 504 plan. But is the school actually providing him the services, modifications, and accommodations he is entitled to? Here are six tips to find out. Know who is responsible for each of your child’s services. Your child’s 504 plan should not only state the specific services…

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IEP vs 504 Plans: How Do They Compare?

Originally found at Understood. Throughout a child’s educational career, Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and 504 Plans can offer formal assistance for various learning and attention issues. While certain characteristics are common to both systems, they are quite different and entail various laws, educational staff, and parental involvement. As a parent or guardian, it’s essential to…

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School Tried To Label Her Son “Retarded” But She Fought Back And Won

Telling parents that their child has special needs can be a devastating experience for everyone involved. In this segment, Christine Jenkins shares her experiences with her child’s school district. The school district labeled her son as “retarded” with behavioral issues. This mother fought the school system back and ultimately moved him to another district where he is doing well.…...

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