Resources for Parenting Special Needs Children
Books and Recommended Reading
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Sensory Processing Disorder / Sensory Integration
All day, every day, we receive information from our senses-touch, hearing, sight, taste, smell, body position, and movement and balance. Our brains must organize this information so that we can successfully function in all aspects of daily life-at home, at school, at play, at work, and during social interactions.
What is sensory integration?
Special Education and School Concerns
Parents, educators, advocates, special education teachers and attorneys go to Wrightslaw for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities. Wrightslaw has thousands of articles, cases, and free resources about dozens of topics. This is a MUST for any parent to successfully advocate for their child.
To reauthorize the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and for other purposes. <<NOTE: Dec. 3, 2004 - [H.R. 1350]>>
- From Emotions to Advocacy
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.
FERPA entitles parents to a FULL copy of their child's records including documents "often" omitted (teacher to teacher notes, administrative notes, email communications etc.) You can download a copy of a sample FERPA letter. This will help you to be sure you know, each year, what documents are held in your child's school file. This is one of the first things attorneys (in special education law) advise their clients to get. Download a copy of a sample FERPA letter and be sure you know each year what documents are held in your child's school file. Download word document letter here. or the PDF Format Here or the Plain TEXT version here.
Trauma and Children
Childhood Trauma, the Neurobiology of Adaptation and Use-dependent Development of the Brain: How States become Traits. A Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D article. This is an Academy version of an article originally published in the Infant Mental Health Journal.
Helping Traumatized Children Learn. A "must-have" manual developed by MA advocates for dealing with traumatized children in the public school.
Dysregulation of the Right Brain: A Fundamental Mechanism of Traumatic Attachment and the Psychopathogenesis of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder by Allan N. Schore
Books about Trauma and Healing of Trauma
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