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Optimizing Special Education: How Parents Can Make a Difference

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Over 10 percent of children in the United States receive special education, yet many families are unaware of the extensive help available through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), most of which is free of charge. Optimizing Special Education explains clearly what parents can expect from special services, mainstreaming, due process procedures, and laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Buckley Amendment. Nancy O. Wilson, a recognized authority on families with ...
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Overview

Over 10 percent of children in the United States receive special education, yet many families are unaware of the extensive help available through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), most of which is free of charge. Optimizing Special Education explains clearly what parents can expect from special services, mainstreaming, due process procedures, and laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Buckley Amendment. Nancy O. Wilson, a recognized authority on families with special-needs children, shows parents and caregivers how to use education laws to increase related services, such a speech and physical therapy, how to change education to suit a child's unique needs, and strategies to improve a student's vocational options. Parents new to special education, as well as more experienced individuals, will learn techniques for raising a learning-disabled child, in particular: participating in planning a child's individualized education program (IEP); finding effective services for children who do not qualify for special education; keeping track of test results and school records; strengthening a child's social skills for eventual mainstreaming into society; developing ideas for school conferences; maintaining satisfactory parent-professional partnerships from early intervention to vocational training; increasing benefits for special-needs children in "special" and integrated settings; and recognizing and addressing problems of young adults with learning disabilities. In addition, this impressive resource includes a sample IEP, a list of helpful books and periodicals, agencies, support groups, and a glossary of educational terms. Along with offering poignant personal anecdotes about rearing her own special-needs child, the compelling experiences of other parents, and input from professionals in the field, Ms. Wilson explores the sensitive family feelings that arise when interacting with service providers and educators in order to f
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Wilson explains how laws work to educate disabled children, and offers parents tools to help schools utilize the best available resources while their children are in school. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306443237
  • Publisher: Perseus Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/1/1992
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 5.81 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Who Benefits from Special Education? 1
Ch. 2 A Personal Program 17
Ch. 3 When Your Child Needs Extra Help 39
Ch. 4 Mainstreaming: A Regular Life 57
Ch. 5 How Laws Protect You 77
Ch. 6 Keeping Track of Tests and Records 91
Ch. 7 Work, Higher Education, and Disabilities 111
Ch. 8 You Are the Expert 133
Ch. 9 Parent and School: A Winning Combination 155
Ch. 10 Postscript on Partnerships 177
Ch. 11 One Day at a Time 199
References 223
Bibliography 231
Glossary 239
Resources 253
Sample Individual Education Plan 263
Index 267
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