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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

Three Ways Students With Special Needs Can Be Protected From Bullying

Bullying is an issue that has plagued schools for years. With recent movements to stop bullying receiving media attention in storyline son hit shows like “Glee” and viral videos featuring young Hollywood, it would be easy to conclude that the problem is being addressed. However, in a recent study by the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine,

3 Speech Therapy Tips To Make Sure That Your Child Gets The Message [Infographic]

How to get the most from your investment in speech therapy – an infographic provided by PresenceLearning. (Click the infographic to get a better view) Embed This Graphic On Your Site! Infographic by PresenceLearning, The Leader in Online Speech Therapy

What You Need to Know Before You Create Your Child’s IEP

For any parent, dealing with the IEP (Individual Education Plan) is a sensitive and intimidating task. The biggest challenge that parents face is making sure they are building an IEP that fits with their child – in terms of comfort level, abilities, and age. To make sure you are well prepared, start asking yourself these

15 Tips to Help Your Child Transition from Middle School to High School

High school is a completely different ball game compared to elementary and middle school. At this point in their lives, children are becoming teenagers and want independence and control over their time, especially time spent outside of school. If your child has special needs, the challenges may be different.  Help your teenager focus on first

3 Reasons Why After School Activities Should Be Like The Olympics & Paralympics

Did your household follow the Olympics or Paralympics this summer?  At this year’s events — one got the sense that athletes with special needs had a choice.  They could train and compete in the regular Olympics like Oscar Pistorius or train and compete in the Paralympics like Tommy Des Brisay.  And London – this year’s

Have You Considered All The Education Options for Your Child with Special Needs?

With a new school year approaching, it has been reported that more students with special needs are choosing to stay in public schools.  This increases the financial burden on school districts to meet demand and provide services to kids with special needs. With federal funding only able to cover a fraction of costs of special

Charter School Online Speech Therapy Gains Momentum

Last November, PresenceLearning was adopted by charter school organizations such as Thomas Edison and Ballington Academy to deliver speech-language therapy services to their special needs students. Since then, public schools have opted to continue to handle the disproportionate costs of educating children with special needs while many charter schools have realized that there many benefits