A new book in the Knowledge Essential series, School Success for Children with Special Needs offers parents a guide for understanding and navigating the often-confusing special education system to ensure that your child gets the best education possible. It tells you:* How to know if your child has a physical, learning, or emotional disability* How the latest changes to the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) effect your child's education* How to help formulate your child's Individual Family Services Plan (IFSP) or Individualized Education Program (IEP)* Information on the many ways schools and teachers can accommodate for children with disabilities* How to assess our child's progress* How can you help your child be successful at school and in life by reinforcing basic skills at every age* How to plan for transitioning your child to the wider world* The kind of paperwork you can expect to encounter
Table of Contents
Introduction. PART ONE: KNOW YOUR RIGHTS. Chapter 1: Determining Eligibility. Step 1: The Categorical Element. Step 2: The Functional Element. Eligibility. What's Next. Chapter 2: Individual Family Services Plan. What Are Early Intervention Services? Preparing to Write the Individual Family Services Plan. Transitioning from the Individual Family Services Plan to the Individual Education Plan. Chapter 3: Individualized Education Plan. What Are Special Education Services? Preparing to Write the Individual Education Plan. The IEP. What's Next. Chapter 4: Procedural Due Process. What If You and the School District Disagree? Is It Possible to Win a Due Process Hearing? PART TWO: THE SPECIAL-NEEDS CLASSROOM. Chapter 5: The Regular Classroom Versus the Special-Needs Classroom. When Your Child Should Be in a Special-Needs Classroom. When to Include Your Child in the Regular Classroom. Tips for Buying Educational Products or Toys for Your Special-Needs Child. Chapter 6: Accommodations and Modifications. Preschool. Elementary School. Middle School and High School. Chapter 7: Administration. Meetings. Paperwork. PART THREE: SPECIAL-NEEDS TIPS BY GRADE LEVEL. Chapter 8: Preschool to Kindergarten. Building-Block Skills. Reading Readiness. Writing Readiness. Math Readiness. Assessment. Chapter 9: Elementary School. Building-Block Skills. Reading Skills. Writing Skills. Math Skills. Assessment. Chapter 10: Middle School. Transitioning from Elementary School to Middle School. Building-Block Skills. Reading Skills. Writing Skills. Math Skills. Assessment. Chapter 11: High School. Compensation Strategies. Self-Regulation and Compensation Strategies. Time-Management Skills. Life Skills. Chapter 12: Exiting Special Services. Transitioning from High School to the Real World. Choosing Colleges for Students with Disabilities. How Can You Help Your Child Be Successful in College? Preparing for Postsecondary Education. Appendix A: Acronyms. Appendix B: The Forms. Appendix C: IEP Sample Form. Appendix D: Glossary. Appendix E: Disability Checklists by Age. Appendix F: Internet Resources. References. Index.
AMY JAMES, a former teacher who helped plan IEPs for mainstreamed students, is a nationally respected authority on educational compliance to issues on the No Child Left Behind Act. Her company, Six Things, Inc., provides consulting services for national media, publishers, and school districts on compliance with state and national education standards, as well as professional development for K-12 teachers. She is the author of six other books in the Knowledge Essentials series (www.knowledgeessentials.com) from Jossey-Bass.