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Why More Parents Should Seek Independent Evaluations

On November 21, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, in Atlanta, ruled unanimously that school districts must pay for independent evaluations when parents disagree with school or public agency’s initial assessment of their child. This regulation under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, (IDEA) the main federal special

3 Things to Buy on Black Friday To Boost Speech Therapy Treatment

With “Black Friday” coming up after Thanksgiving, many stores offering discounts on products ranging from 10% to 50% off. For SLPs and parents, this can be a great opportunity to purchase some items to help your child or student get the most out of speech therapy. Here are the top 3 speech therapy tools to

Headphones Are An Important Tool in the Arsenal When it Comes to Speech Therapy

An SLP writes us that they feel that the students she works with have difficulty focusing on auditory information and that headphones really help. During my experience working with students within the schools, I began using headphones for my students with a variety of speech impairments including phonological, oral motor and articulation… Auditory bombardment is

Controversy Swirling Around the Fordham Report on Special Education

Recently, members of the PresenceLearning team had the opportunity to attend a discussion of the Fordham Report at the Urban Leadership Collaboration. Discussed was the recent report published by The Fordham Report, “Boosting the Quality and Efficiency of Special Education.” The report’s starting assumption is that something is very much amiss with special education, that

How to Raise a Special Needs Child with a Parent in the Military

With the Veterans Day this past Sunday, we recognize the armed services protecting our country from harm around the world. There is no question that these Americans are heroes. But what we also must remember is that many of these Americans are parents, aunts, uncles, and grand parents with families praying for their safety every

Obama and Romney on Special Education

Tomorrow is Election Day. If you’re still undecided about which candidate is right for you, you are not alone. What is important is that you as a voter make an informed decision whether you’d like to see President Obama or Governor Romney as the next President of the United States based on their respective stances

How To Prepare a Disaster Kit with a Special Needs Child

As cities in the East Coast start to recover from the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy, many people are still searching for loved ones or trying to see if their home is safe to live in. Imagine being a parent of a young child with autism and finding out your home has been destroyed. Medical

Experts Discuss how Districts can Manage SLP Shortage in Free PresenceLearning Webinar

Despite initiatives to recruit and retain qualified professionals, districts nationwide are experiencing shortages of speech and language pathologist (SLP). To help administrators and educators recognize the reasons for the shortages and how to cope with them,PresenceLearning, the leading provider of live online speech therapy for schools, is hosting a free webinar titled “Understanding and Managing

Turn Speech Therapy into a Halloween Activity

Halloween is only a couple of days away and this year it falls right smack in the middle of the school week. If you’re a teacher or SLP, the challenge is keeping your students learning while making sure they’re having fun. After all, how can you teach seriously with a classroom full of students dressed

Four Ways Parents Can Teach Through School Holidays

It’s what every parent dreads. Furlough days. “Teacher In Service Days”. Regardless of what they are called, these are days where you are asked to keep your special needs child at home for most or all of the day. Special needs children need a consistent schedule and explaining why your child cannot go to school