School Is STILL Out. What Parents Need to Know.

By |2020-04-10T14:45:34-04:00April 10th, 2020|COVID-19, Education, Parents, Special Education, Students with Disabilties|

Well, it’s official, the Governor’s Executive Order 7X has extended in class cancellations through May 20, 2020. Guidance from the State Department of Education has been coming out daily. There are a few things you should know. First, the Governor’s Executive Order 7N suspends all state summative and alternate assessments, universal reading screening assessments, and administration of reading assessments in priority districts for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. So, that SBAC testing your 8th grader was worried about? Not happening.

Preparing Parents & Children for Coronavirus

By |2020-04-10T14:45:57-04:00March 11th, 2020|COVID-19, Education, Parents, Special Education, Uncategorized|

As the risk of coronavirus reaches Connecticut, children are starting to hear about it and some may become anxious.  Parents may be wondering if/when schools may close and what that means for their children. Many parents are wondering how to talk about coronavirus with their children without causing alarm. The Child Mind Institute has put together this helpful guidance on talking to children in a way that will be reassuring and won’t cause more worry. 

Special Education in the Wake of Coronavirus

By |2020-04-10T14:46:41-04:00March 10th, 2020|COVID-19, Education, Parents, Special Education, Special Education Services, Students with Disabilties|

While coronavirus has not yet hit Connecticut hard, schools around the state are gearing up in anticipation of needed closures of schools. In relation to this, the Connecticut State Department of Education (SDE) has issued guidance to school districts, in the form of a planning tool.

Eating Disorders and Special Education

By |2020-02-28T15:06:54-05:00February 28th, 2020|Education, evaluation, IEP, mental health, Parents, Special Education, Special Education Services, Students with Disabilties|

It is National Eating Disorders Awareness week. People don’t often think about eating disorders when they think about special education, but eating disorders can have a significant impact on education. Eating disorders can impact cognitive functioning. Children with eating disorders often have co-occurring disabilities, like depression and anxiety.

Take a Few Minutes to Review Your Child’s IEP

By |2019-10-28T14:12:22-04:00October 28th, 2019|evaluation, IEP, Special Education, Special Education Lawyer, Uncategorized|

As the rush of the first few weeks of school ends and you begin to settle in, it’s a good time to pause and take a look at your child’s Individualized Education Plan (“IEP”). The IEP is a critically important document. It is the document that describes what your child’s needs are and what the school is doing about it. So, it is really important that it be accurate and comprehensive.

Upcoming Training: Special Education and Transition Planning

By |2019-09-24T16:58:01-04:00September 9th, 2019|Special Education, Special Education Services, Students with Disabilties, Training, Transition|

I am thrilled to present at the upcoming 5th Annual Connecticut Secondary Transition Symposium: Every Voice Matters. This two-day event event brings students and their families together with educators and other professionals to improve secondary transition programming and services for students with disabilities.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQA) Youth in School

By |2019-09-10T14:45:51-04:00July 23rd, 2019|Bullying, Disability Discrimination, Education, LGBTQA, mental health, Special Education, Special Education Lawyer, Special Education Services|

While June was officially Pride Month, the importance of creating safe, supportive and inclusive school environments for all children including LGBTQA students must a year-round effort. Evidence suggests that a school’s failure to provide a safe, supportive and non-discriminatory environment for transgender and gender non-conforming students can result in significant harm to the child.