Month: February 2013

Numbers, a nightmare?

In a country where everybody is expected to be a high-achiever in math, it comes as a surprise – and shock – when one’s offspring has trouble with numbers. When scolding, threats, and extra practice fail to improve the score,

Yuba City special-ed teachers file suit over caseloads

Four Yuba City High School special education teachers say in a lawsuit filed against the school district that their class assignments exceed caseload limits set by state law. The teachers — Dana Lee Gundy, Lisa Heffley, Jenny Leyba and Barbara

Attorney says parents of special-needs students should be alert for possible abuse

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Child abuse in schools is unfortunately all too common. Tenure laws and protections offered by teachers unions often makes it very difficult and very costly to fire teachers, even those suspected of child abuse. Unfortunately many

I Have Asperger’s And I Like Being ‘Different’

Fionn Hamill is a 12-year-old boy who has Asperger’s Syndrome. Fionn says that he understands the condition he has and that he is just “wired differently.” This is why he says he wants to be an advocate for autism, so

How I Gave My Son Autism

I should start by saying that I was raised Catholic. The concepts of reconciliation and absolution are completely ingrained in me. I grew up going to confession at a beautiful monastery where Father Francis, an elderly monk, held my hand

Decoding Dyslexia: How a New Jersey Parents’ Group Started a Movement

Parenting a school-aged child with dyslexia requires strategy, savvy and time. Frankly, not all of us possess these attributes in equal measure and the job often seems beyond our means and abilities. The screenings and evaluations, planning and homework support,

For students with multiple disabilities, a new, specially designed school opens

The Clark County School District welcomed more than 100 students with severe disabilities to a brand new campus this week. The Miller School — which serves about 125 special-needs students — moved into an $18 million, state-of-the-art facility on Wednesday.

As Cuts To Special Education Loom, Congress Takes Break

Within days, severe budget cuts are slated to hit nearly every federal program — including special education and other disability supports — and there’s no sign of a deal on the horizon. The sweeping automatic spending cuts will take effect

Bill would grant special treatment

Kansas school districts should do everything they can to ensure all students with learning disabilities receive the instruction necessary for them to further their education. That said, Senate Bill 44 doesn’t appear to be a good piece of legislation. The

Response to Intervention (RTI): Eligibility for a Child with SLD

A special ed teacher asks, “When a parent asks for a special ed evaluation, our district makes the child go through RTI – even when the team sees strong evidence of learning disabilities. When a parent asks the school to