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Special Education

This section examines several key issues involved in special education services as mandated under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), amended in 2004. For information on recent changes to the law, check our featured section on IDEA 2004. Be sure to also learn about the laws and regulations that govern special education in your state.

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Disabilities That Qualify Infants, Toddlers, Children, and Youth for Services under IDEA 2004

Learn which children are eligible for services under IDEA, the special education law. This article lists thirteen disability categories, including specific learning disability, and defines them.

Disciplining Students with Disabilities

Disparate Measures

Do Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic Learners Need Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic Instruction?

How does the mind work — and how does it learn? Teachers' instructional decisions are based on a mix of theories learned in teacher education, trial and error, craft knowledge, and gut instinct. Such gut knowledge often serves us well, but is there anything sturdier to rely on?

Documenting Communication with the School About Special Services

When dealing with a bureaucracy, and school districts are bureaucracies, you need to keep detailed records. Logs, journals, and calendars provide answers and support memories and testimonies. This article provides examples of how to keep a paper trail.

Examples of Accommodations from State Assessment Policies

Teachers and IEP teams: Review the examples of accommodations for testing in this article. They were drawn from 47 states that administer statewide examinations. Accommodations are divided into four categories, when the test is taken (scheduling), where the test is taken (environment), how the test is given (presentation), and how the student answers the questions (response).

Extra Help for Student Success

Facilitating Success for Students with Language-Based Learning Disabilities

For students with learning disabilities (LD), a sense of competence and ability (also known as self-efficacy) plays a vital role in their social and emotional development as well as academic achievement. Discover how educators can adapt their teaching style to support social and emotional development (including self-efficacy) in students with language-based LD.

Feeling Safe at School: How New Technologies Can Help

Children with learning disabilities often feel unsafe. Learn ways that technology can help children with learning disabilities feel safe and secure in school, such as: creating maps that will help the student know where they are in the building; giving them advance access to education material so they can prepare; and reminding them of routines.

Fighting For Your Child

Having seen her older son struggle for years, Jennifer Simpson was able to recognize her daughter�s reading challenges in preschool and get her help right away.

Glossary of Acronyms

Highlights of Key Provisions and Important Changes in the Final Regulations for IDEA 2004

Homeschooling Your Struggling Learner

In the first chapter of her book, Homeschooling Your Struggling Learner, Kathy Kuhl explains how she came to the realization that school wasn't working for her son and decided to do what she never thought she could: stay home and teach him.

How a Student is Identified as Having a Disability and Needing Special Education Services

IDEA 1999 - Final Regulations and Children with ADHD

IDEA 2004 Summary

Identification of Specific Learning Disabilities

IEP Individualized Education Program: The Process

IEP: The Process

Inclusion in Middle Schools

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