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IEP vs. 504: What’s the difference?

If your child has a disability and the school recommends a 504 Plan, be aware that the protections are weaker than an IEP's.

The Science of Defiance

Children typically defy their parents. At what point does hostile, defiant behavior indicate an emotional disability?

Grandparents special role: support

The number one “special need” of any child is unconditional love, and a grandparent of a child with special needs has the unique ability to furnish it.

Help teens gain medical self-reliance

As kids with special needs grow older, assuming responsibility for medical decisions and health care requires careful preparation.

Education Shifts at Ages 3 & 5

The Federal IDEA law mandates that kids transition from early intervention into a school jurisdiction or intermediate unit after third 3rd birthday.

Special Parties for Special Needs

Careful organization, extra help and sometimes the expertise of an entertainer or party provider can make your child's birthday a happy one.

Camps Teach Special Skills

If you have a child with special needs seeking to develop skills such as bike or horseback riding, arts, drama or sports, look into summer camps.

Using Animals as a Part of Your Child’s Programming

Blogger Lisa Lightner describes animal therapy options and her own experience as owner of a therapy dog.
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