Category: Resources

“Response to Intervention”—An Excuse to Deny Services to Students with Learning Disabilities?

By Nancy E. Bailey. Response to Intervention (RTI), the program to identify children with learning disabilities early, was recently described by the Chalkbeat in Tennessee as having problems with implementation. In many places, like Tennessee, RTI has replaced —a model which has

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Neuropsychological Evaluation

What is the Purpose of a Neuropsychological Evaluation? A neuropsychological evaluation is used to obtain several types of information. Reasons you have been referred for a neuropsychological evaluation may include, among others: 1) to find possible problems with your brain

Care Notebook: A Quick Guide

What is a Care Notebook? A Care Notebook is an organizing tool for families who have children with special health care needs. Use a Care Notebook to keep track of important information about your child’s health and care. How can

Sample Letter from Parents Requesting Evaluation to Determine Eligibility for Services Under IDEA

Your Name Street Address City, State, Zip Code Daytime telephone number Name of Principal or Special Education Administrator Name of School Street Address City, State, Zip Code Dear (Principal’s or Administrator’s name), I am writing to request that my son/daughter,

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Section 504 – Civil Rights Law, Protection from Discrimination

Section 504 is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities. Section 504 ensures that the child with a disability has equal access to an education. The child may receive accommodations and modifications. Unlike the Individuals with

Retention, Delays and Social Promotion

We receive dozens of emails every week about retention, social promotion and high-stakes testing. Despite clear evidence that retention does not work – and that it damages children – many school districts continue to use this outmoded policy. If you

Defining the Field of Behavior Analysis

The field of Behavior Analysis grew out of the scientific study of principles of learning and behavior. It has two main branches: experimental and applied behavior analysis. The experimental analysis of behavior (EAB) is the basic science of this field

Letter Requesting Evaluation Report

Date: To: Principal and Diagnostician School Address City , State, Zip Code Ref: Child?s Name I appreciate your involvement in my child?s evaluation and look forward to your report. Would you please: 1. Send me a copy of a draft

How to Deal With Intimidating or Nasty Comments

For many persons, dealing with teachers and school administrators in the IEP meting can be intimidating. You don’t want to (be may) hear: I’m sorry, Mrs Jones, but you’re wrong. I’m sorry, Ms. Johnson, the law doesn’t say that. Your

Administering the Red Flag Reading Screening…

Print out 2 copies of the appropriate reading passage, one for the student and one for the parent. Find a quiet spot for reading. The student should be encouraged to follow the text with their finger, pencil eraser, or bookmark