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Recommended Books

IEPs

The following are recommended books for parents and educators.

A Guide to Collaboration for IEP Teams
A Guide to Collaboration for IEP Teams
By: Nicholas Martin, M.A.

This book contains everything necessary for establishing effective IEP meetings. The former President of the Texas Council of Administrators of Special Education, Chuck Noe, M.A., acknowledges this and says, "Martin's ideas work…" and he recommends this book to "anyone wanting to strengthen the quality of meetings and outcomes." The book targets the needs of administrators, teachers, resource professionals, and parents. It is a skills-based book that will help these groups to design, review, and modify IEPs for children with special education needs.

A Parent's Guide to Special Education
A Parent's Guide to Special Education
By: Linda Wilmshurst, Alan W. Brue

The term 'special education' encompasses dozens of learning challenges: developmental delay, learning and physical disabilities, emotional disturbance, retardation, language impairment, autism, and others. By nature of this diversity, navigating even well-run, well-funded special education programs can be daunting. A Parent's Guide to Special Education offers invaluable information and a positive vision of special education that will help them through a potentially overwhelming process. Filled with practical recommendations, sample forms, and enlightening examples, this is a priceless resource for helping every child learn.

Meeting the Challenge: Special Education Tools That Work for All Kids
Meeting the Challenge: Special Education Tools That Work for All Kids
By: Patti Ralabate
National Education Association

This book is intended to serve as a freestanding reference for teachers whose classes include students with academic or behavioral difficulties. The recommended best practices were originally developed for students with disabilities but have been found to be effective with all students. Each chapter provides principles, suggestions and specific tools (such as sample check lists, rubrics, forms, word lists, observation guides, planning guides, and lesson plans).

Negotiating the Special Education Maze
Negotiating the Special Education Maze
By: Winifred Anderson, Stephen Chitwood , Deidre Hayden , Cherie Takemoto

Negotiating the Special Education Maze is one of the best tools available to parents and teachers for developing an effective education program for their child or student. Every step is explained, from eligibility and evaluation to the Individualized Education Program (IEP) and beyond. This edition covers changes in disability laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). It reviews early intervention services for children from birth to age three, and for those who have young adults with special needs, it also covers transitioning out of school.

The Complete IEP Guide: How to Advocate for Your Special Ed Child
The Complete IEP Guide: How to Advocate for Your Special Ed Child
By: Lawrence M. Siegel

The Individualized Education Program, or IEP, determines the nuts and bolts of your child's special education. This includes the specific classroom set up, curricula, support services, and program and educational goals. Understanding every aspect of the IEP process will help you avoid surprises along the way. The Complete IEP Guide walks you step-by-step through the IEP process. The book provides all the instructions, suggestions, strategies, resources and forms you need to proceed from the beginning, when you first suspect a problem, to the end, when your child completes school.

Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy
Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy
By: Peter W. D. Wright, Pamela Darr Wright

Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, second edition will teach you how to plan, prepare, organize and get quality special education services. In this comprehensive, easy-to-read book, you will learn your child's disability and educational needs, how to create a simple method for organizing your child’s file and devising a master plan for your child's special education. You will understand parent-school conflict, how to create paper trails and effective letter writing. This book includes dozens of worksheets, forms and sample letters that you can tailor to your needs

Wrightslaw: Special Education Law
Wrightslaw: Special Education Law
By: Peter W. D. Wright, Pamela Darr Wright

Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition provides a clear roadmap to the laws and how to get better services for all children with disabilities. This Wrightslaw publication is an invaluable resource for parents, advocates, educators, and attorneys. You will refer to this book again and again.

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