How to Advocate for Your Special Needs Child

Have you ever heard of Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP)? It is the study of what makes someone a good communicator. NLP techniques can be useful when you are advocating for your…

Individual Education Plan (IEP) Information and Tips

An Individual Education Plan (IEP) Team for a child is a group of people that includes: parents at least one regular education teacher of child who is, or may be,…

Parent-Professional Partnerships for Children with Disability

Over the past several years, I have attended many meetings with parents and professionals – both for my own child with a disability and as an advocate for others. At…

Mental Retardation Is Not Synonymous With Stupid

This topic is one close to my heart. My daughter, Pearl, has Down Syndrome, one of the leading causes of clinical mental retardation. Every individual who is considered to have…

Parents Can Help Sensory Integration in an Autistic Child

Sensory integration therapy helps children learn to apply all their senses together – touch, taste, small, sight and hearing. The kind of therapy may ease difficulties linked to autism, such…

Fathers of Special Needs Kids Matter Too

After several years of parenting a child with special needs, I am well aware of how easy it is for fathers to feel left out of the process. The family…

Mental Retardation: A Father’s View

Mental Retardation-what a scary thing to hear about your child. All the hopes and plans you dreamed have gone up in smoke in the time it takes to say those…

Problem With IQ Tests for Measuring Mental Age

Assessment tests are one of the core measurements for determining which services a child with learning challenges will receive in school. One common measurement is the Intelligence Quotient or “IQ.”…

Vestibular System and Auditory-Language Process

As they research their child’s disability, many parents learn about sensory integration and the importance of the body’s vestibular system, perhaps the most basic of all the sensory systems. Initially…