A Parent's Guide to Special Education: Insider Advice on How to Navigate the System and Help Your Child Succeed

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What parents need to give their children the education they deserve. "The term 'special education' encompasses dozens of learning challenges: developmental delay, learning and physical disabilities, emotional disturbance, retardation, language impairment, autism, and others. By nature of this diversity, navigating even well-run, well-funded special education programs can be daunting. A Parent's Guide to Special Education offers guidance to parents and their children — as well as...

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What parents need to give their children the education they deserve. "The term 'special education' encompasses dozens of learning challenges: developmental delay, learning and physical disabilities, emotional disturbance, retardation, language impairment, autism, and others. By nature of this diversity, navigating even well-run, well-funded special education programs can be daunting. A Parent's Guide to Special Education offers guidance to parents and their children — as well as to teachers, counselors, and administrators — on issues including:
• diagnosis and awareness
• special education laws
• eligibility issues and requirements
• programs
• parenting issues
• communication between parents and schools
• and much more A Parent's Guide to Special Education offers invaluable information and a positive vision of special education that will help them through a potentially overwhelming process. Filled with practical recommendations, sample forms, and enlightening examples, this is a priceless resource for helping every child learn."

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“This is one book that all parents should have in their personal library to better understand special education.”

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Special Education Law Blog
A Parent's Guide to Special Education...represents itself as an 'insider's' guide to the system. I am happy to report that the book lives up to this claim especially regarding the process of psychological testing.... This book tackles those issues in a readable way without oversimplification. The graphics and illustrations are clear and the needed concepts are well covered. The book also has many pointers for more effective advocacy.... I certainly recommend this book to parents, and even to other attorneys and advocates, to assist in the process of effective advocacy.
Attention! Magazine
This is one book that all parents should have in their personal library to better understand special education.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814472835
  • Publisher: AMACOM Books
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

"Linda Wilmshurst (Eustis, FL) is a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology (American Board of Professional Psychology) and is currently a Licensed School Psychologist in Florida . She has more than 30 years of clinical and school psychology experience and has taught in clinical and school psychology programs in universities, internationally.

Alan Brue (Bethesda, MD) is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and Director of Professional Standards for the National Association of School Psychologists, and has also worked as a school psychologist and university trainer."

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Table of Contents

"Acknowledgments

Introduction to Special Education: A New Territory

Part I: Walking Through the Process

Step One: Federal Law and Your Child’s Education

Chapter 1: The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004: What a Great IDEA!

Chapter 2: Not All Roads Lead to Special Education Placement: The 411 on 504 Plans

Chapter 3: A Comparison of IDEA 2004 and Section 504, and a Brief Look at No Child Left Behind

Step Two: Understanding the Psychological Assessment and Your Child’s Disability

Chapter 4: The Psychological Assessment: What to Expect

Chapter 5: The Assessment of Intelligence

Chapter 6: Other Psychological Assessments: Achievement Testing, Process Testing, and Emotional/Behavioral Assessments

Chapter 7: Understanding Your Child’s Disability

Step Three: Understanding the Special Education Process

Chapter 8: Labels: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Chapter 9: You and Me and the IEP

Chapter 10: Beyond Eligibility for Special Education: What’s Next?

Part II: Helpful Hints for Positive Parenting

Chapter 11: A Parent’s Guide to Parent-Teacher Communication and School Meetings

Chapter 12: A Parent’s Guide to Stress and Coping

Chapter 13: A Parent’s Guide to Building Your Child’s Self-Esteem and Increasing Social Competence

Chapter 14: A Parent’s Guide to Behavior and Discipline

Appendix A: Selected Changes in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004

Appendix B: Sample 504 Plans

Appendix C: Sample Behavior Charts

Appendix D: Procedural Safeguards

Appendix E: Sample IEP Forms

Appendix F: Food for Thought: Helpful Resources

Glossary: Acronyms 101--Educational Abbreviations and What They Mean

References

Index"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2006

    Wonderful book!

    This really is a wonderful book. I have used it to help my son get ready for his transition to middle school. It is supportive and gave me the confidence that I need. I initially wanted him to stop his special education service, but the school helped me to realize that it would be to his advantage to keep the services, especially during his transition phase. This book helped me to better understand my son and make me more confident in understanding his disorder and the help he needs. Love the acronyms part.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2006

    Recommended

    We bought this look at our local B&N about a month ago and finally finished it. It is very thorough and I think it will be helpful to us since our daughter just started receiving special education services. The chapter on behavior modification was very helpful to us since she has been diagnosed as having Oppositional Defiant Disorder. You should see if this book is good for you. I certainly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2005

    A Parent's Guide to Special Education: Insider Advice on How to Navigate the System and Help Your Child Succeed

    I bought this book at my local B&N about a week before my child's IEP meeting. We have had a lot of disagreements over his IEP for about two years and we were ready to let the school make their own recommendations. But I changed my mind after reading the book and followed its advice. The chapter on school meetings was helpful as I prepared a good offense before our meeting. I realized that what the school was suggesting was no only wrong, but illegal. In the end, we got what we wanted and what my son is legally entitled to. I have since read the other chapters and find them very helpful. This book is perfect for anyone with a child in special education, but especially if their child is being considered for these services or the services just started. Follow the authors' insider advice. I wish you lots of luck!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2005

    A Parent's Guide to Special Education: Insider Advice on How to Navigate the System and Help Your Child Succeed

    Like the others I found this book to be a good resource and a way to better understand my child's behavioral issues. There are several chapters that I found particularly helpful. I think that most parents will find something that will 'ease their mind.' This was the reason I bought the book -- my wife and I were getting very stressed because of child just started special education services because of developmental delays. I think it is a good purchase.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2005

    A Parent's Guide to Special Education: Insider Advice on How to Navigate the System and Help Your Child Succeed

    This book has been a lot of help because my school district does not want to work with me to help my child. I found the information on the new laws very helpful. You should get this book if you want to be sure that schools are doing everything to help your child.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2005

    A Parent's Guide to Special Education: Insider Advice on How to Navigate the System and Help Your Child Succeed

    We found this book very helpful. It gives parents a lot of good information. We brought it to a meeting at our daughter's school last month and the school had not seen it before. I think the 'Insider's Guide' part scared them, thinking that I knew something they didn't. I'll bet they buy copies just to find out what I know! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2005

    A Parent's Guide to Special Education: Insider Advice on How to Navigate the System and Help Your Child Succeed

    I thought this was a very good book. I have two children with special needs (both are dyslexic) and I have been in I don't know how many meetings. I think this book will give me some useful information to advocate for my child (the other one graduated from high school and is now in community college). I especially like the fact that it includes the updated laws. This is the first book I've seen to include this information. All in all, I liked this one a lot better than the others I looked at. I bought this on the recommendation of a friend and I am very happy with it so far (I'm 3/4 of the way through it).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2005

    Very helpful!!

    My son Jake was diagnosed with depression and anxiety last year when he was in fifth grade. After he was tested by the school psychologist, we met with a psychiatrist who confirmed the diagnoses. It's certainly been one day at a time. I bought this book from B&N last week because it really seemed to have a lot of the information I was looking for. For me, the two best chapters were the ones on behavior/discipline and IEPs. Jake currently has an IEP and this helped me to better understand the contents of his IEP (the school has tried to help but it can pretty confusing!). I really think this book will help me to prepare for advocating for Jake's rights should that ever be a problem. I love his current school, but we're moving soon and who knows what the new school will be like. I bought this book so that I'd be prepared and it is highly recommended!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2005

    Excellent

    I have an 8 year old boy who I believed had ADHD, but I wasn't sure since I don't know anything about it..only what I read online. I spoke with my son's teacher at his school and asked if she noticed any difference in his school activity, she said that he was a little slow at learning and could not sit still and pay attention in class. I questioned the teacher and the school for not informing me that he was distracted during class and in the play yard. His grades weren't great, but I assumed that was due to his aunt passing away. I asked the school if there was a program that he could be in for extra help. They told me NO! After reading this book I learned that it is a LAW that the school system needs to help. I learned alot about the law and other things that was going on with my child all from this book which is the only one I found that had ALL the information I was looking for. I thank the authors who wrote this because without this book I feel that my child would not receive the proper learning experience that he desperately needs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2006

    Informative for new Parents

    It's a great book for parent's who are just starting to go through the Special Ed. process. It gives you great Resources and detail information about the IEP process. It's a great book for parent's who are just starting to go through the Special Ed. process. It gives you great Resources and detail information about the IEP process. I recommend this book to new parent's just starting out with Special Ed. However, if you are already in the process. This book isn't for you. Majority of the information in this book I already knew.

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