Monday, February 9, 2015


When is enough!

Teachers and students are expected to TEST, TEST and TEST!  When does the teaching go on?  How does a kid make progress on their IEP goals with so much testing.  The sad part about it is, the state and the whoever makes the rules do not listen to teachers when it comes to testing.  It will take parents to step up and say "Enough is Enough!"  Teachers have the most knowledge about the toll that testing takes, but unfortunately more often than not it looks like they are just complaining.  Parents are the ones that are most heard and if you are tired of your child just testing(which they are) then speak up!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Special Olympics

Please help my school raise funds for Special Olympics!  Just donate $1 only will help so many!  If you cannot donate please share! Just copy and paste the link in your browser.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Helping Your Child Transition after the Holidays

First off happy holidays and I hope that you and your family had a safe and blessed holiday.  With school starting on Monday here are some helpful pointers to help your child with a learning disability transition back into school.  There are also some additional pointers to help in future holidays.

  1. Remind your child every couple of hours of what is going to happen tomorrow.  Tell them school is starting back up.  Ask them questions like; What do you have to do when you wake up?  What is your first class?  What bus do you ride home?  All of these will be reminders to students and will help them transition to the start of school.  One of the biggest issues with students with disabilities is their resistance to change, help make the change as easy as possible.
  2. Set a time in the day to review some of the skills the child was working on before school ended.  Many students forget simple steps in math or facts about history, that if they had practiced for an hour or so a day, the steps would still be there and they would remember the facts needed for school.  
  3. Remind the students of who their teachers are.
  4. Go through safety procedures encase of an emergency. 
  5. Have your child tell you the house phone number.
I hope these tips will help you.  As always leave a comment for a future post.

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Been A long Time

I have been off on my blog for quite sometime now.  I am hoping to start again, as I have had my personal life straitened out.  I would love to hear from all of you.  Please ask questions and offer suggestions for future posts!  I am going to try and grind this out and offer a chance to keep me financial sound for the future.  If I missed a question from before about IEP's or students with Special needs please let me know and I will do my best to answer them.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013


I struggle with the weekly task of qualifying a student for ESY (Extended School Year) on a weekly basis.  Will ESY benefit the student or do they not require ESY?  Some cases personally I do not think ESY benefits the students at all.  It is usually twice a week and the students do not get much out of it.  I personally think that the students benefit more from summer school, because it reteaches the student some concepts they did not master during the school year.  Now I do have very low students who I recommend for ESY, but that is mainly because I do not think they will get the support at home and they did not fail a class therefore would not qualify for summer school.

Who else has experienced positives and negatives in regards to ESY?

Monday, December 16, 2013

Which child should be in the classroom and has more of a right to FAPE?

So, you have a student that has a Specific Learning Disability and a student that has turrettes, but also has a Emotional disability.  Both students are in the same classroom and needs to be in the class to receive instruction.  The student with turrettes blurts out a vocal phrase with some words that are distracting to the student with a Specific Learning Disability and distracts them from learning the material.  Now the student with turrettes if they leave the room misses the material as well.  So, if the student with turrettes has a right to an education in the classroom, but is distracting the student with a Specific Learning Disability, who should be in the classroom?

Monday, October 14, 2013

Special Education Apps.

TCI’s list of SPED-appropriate apps is always growing, but on the following pages we’ve compiled our top 10 iPad apps for special education. And although most of the apps cover a very broad age range, we’ve also added suggested grade levels for each:
1) Sosh: Filled with activities and tools designed to help children and adults who have difficulty with social skills, Sosh (pronounced like the first syllable in “social”) is divided into five sections including Relate (connect with others), Relax (reduce stress), Regulate (manage behaviors), Reason (think it through), and Recognize (understand feelings). Sosh provides many of the tools used in cognitive and behavioral therapy, and provides students with an opportunity to work independently to resolve their challenges. $39.99. Suggested grade level: middle school and up.
2) Clicker Docs: An assistive word processor that can support students with a variety of disabilities, Clicker Docs uses word-prediction technology to offer students spelling and grammatical suggestions to correct their writing. Synthesized speech allows students to review their work by listening for auditory cues. Teachers can set up word banks to provide students with advanced vocabulary. Finally, Clicker Docs integrates with Dropbox to provide secure cloud storage and document-sharing. $28.99. Suggested grade level: elementary school and up.
3) SymbolSupport: This assistive word processor automatically translates words into pictures and symbols, a task that is especially helpful for students with cognitive disabilities. Users can create new documents or copy and paste work from other apps into SymbolSupport, and the program will convert the text into symbols. The developer, Attainment Company, also markets a freeSymbolSupport Viewer app that allows users to receive, read, store, and print documents created by the full version of the program. $59.99. Suggested grade level: all ages.