Special Education Resources

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Mon, 02-27-2012 - 3:09pm

Here you'll find articles, information and resources to help you navigate the Special Education system. Please feel free to browse, ask questions, or add anything you have found to be helpful!

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Many parents of young children with learning disabilities ask what they can do at home to help their youngsters. Generally, the first step is to try to understand the child's difficulties and to consider how these weaknesses might impact on self help skills, communication, discipline, play and independence; however, above all, we encourage them to focus on the child's strengths in order to build self esteem and to help them become an integral part of the family. Like all parents, they need to consider the delicate balance between providing too much or too little assistance for the child - a balance between under and over expecting what the child can do independently.

Understanding the child's needs takes time because needs change with age and with expectations at home, in social settings, and in school. New and unexpected problems may arise as they do with all children. However, youngsters with special needs often require more understanding and support, not only from parents and teachers but also from siblings.

read more here:

http://www.ldonline.org/article/5880/

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Fri, 02-24-2012 - 8:13pm
By NCLD Editorial Staff
Published: December 9 2010 Dyspraxia is a disorder that affects motor skill development. People with dyspraxia have trouble planning and completing fine motor tasks. This can vary from simple motor tasks such as waving goodbye to more complex tasks like brushing teeth.

It is estimated that dyspraxia affects at least two percent of the general population, and 70% of those affected are male. As many as six percent of all children show some signs of dyspraxia.

A person with dyspraxia can learn to function independently. Special learning methods and repeated practice of basic tasks can help. Sometimes occupational, physical, or speech therapy is also needed.

Dyspraxia by Category Category May Cause Trouble with: Ideomotor Dyspraxia Inability to complete single-step motor tasks such as combing hair and waving goodbye. Ideational Dyspraxia Difficulty with multi-step tasks like brushing teeth, making a bed, putting clothes on in order, as well as buttoning and buckling Oromotor Dyspraxia Difficulties coordinating the muscle movements needed to pronounce words Constructional Dyspraxia Problems with establishing spatial relationships — for instance being able to accurately position or move objects from one place to another

Dyspraxia often exists along with other learning disabilities and other conditions that impact learning, such as Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD). Co-existing learning disabilities might include dyslexia (trouble reading, writing and spelling) or dyscalculia (trouble with mathematics). Some symptoms of all these learning disabilities and AD/HD are similar.


Weaknesses in comprehension, information processing, and listening can contribute to the troubles experienced by people with dyspraxia. They may also have low self-esteem, depression, and other emotional and behavioral troubles.

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Fri, 02-24-2012 - 8:16pm

Asperger's syndrome, also called Asperger's disorder, is a type of pervasive development disorder (PDD). PDDs are a group of conditions that involve delays in the development of many basic skills, most notably the ability to socialize with others, to communicate, and to use imagination.

Although Asperger's syndrome is similar in some ways to autism -- another, more severe type of PDD -- there are some important differences. Children with Asperger's syndrome typically function better than do those with autism. In addition, children with Asperger's syndrome generally have normal intelligence and near-normal language development, although they may develop problems communicating as they get older.

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http://www.webmd.com/brain/autism/mental-health-aspergers-syndrome

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Tue, 02-28-2012 - 10:53am
Thank you for this resource thread, And I appreciate continuing to bump this up.....

 


 


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Sun, 03-18-2012 - 10:11am

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