Category: Blog

Enrichment Programs for Gifted Students with Special Needs

A recent radio segment and article on NPR highlighted an “intellectual oasis” in Iowa where gifted students with special needs can thrive, learn, and continue challenging themselves in a healthy and supportive environment. Some benevolently refer to these students as “twice as exceptional.” Discussing the benefits of summer programs, Alex, a learner with special needs […]

Make Dining Out With Your Child With Special Needs More Pleasant

Going out to eat with a child who has special needs, such as autism or cerebral palsy can be challenging. Other diners might not always understand your child’s needs, and you might need special accommodations from the restaurant. But taking your child out to eat is a good opportunity to acclimate your child to new […]

The Deron School: Interview with Principal Mariesa Grado

Mariesa Grado knows a thing or two about The Deron School’s mission — she’s held two other major positions before becoming the school’s principal nearly two years ago. Most recently, Principal Grado served as Supervisor of Elementary and Secondary Education, and before that, she was an Art Teacher for seven years. Principal Grado’s long-standing commitment […]

Quoting Excellence: Words from Celebrities with Special Needs

Celebrities with special needs have not always been in the limelight, but it’s important to remember that they not only exist but are thriving, successful, and talented individuals. Having a role model who looks or behaves like you is not always as easy for children with special needs. With the end of the year is […]

3 Myths About Special Education BUSTED

If your child has special needs, you might be thinking about sending them to a special education school. You’ve probably heard that these schools are places where children with special needs are able to be themselves and can learn at their own pace. However, you might have also heard some negative things about special education […]

Special Education Determination 101: What Parents Should Know

If your child has been identified as possibly needing a special education program, it can be intimidating. It is important to know if that your feelings are normal. In fact, up to a third of parents of children with learning disabilities report that they don’t feel prepared to take on the extra challenge. The good […]

Summer Activities for Children With Special Needs

There are many fun activities that your child can take part in this summer. You can help your child have a good summer by choosing activities that will give your child a sense of belonging/acceptance, success, accomplishment, growth, and competence. As a parent of a child with special needs, it is important to set goals, […]

Considering ESY (Extended School Year) For Your Child?

Keeping up your child’s educational progress over the summer is more attainable with Extended School Year (ESY) services. They are unique programs designed to provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to a special needs student. As parents involved in their child’s education, it’s important to know that ESY services are not necessarily the same […]

Frequently Used Special Educational Terms

If you are active in your child’s education, there is a high chance that you have heard teachers and administrators use many terms that may sound new or confusing to you. Here are some of the commonly used terms used in the school setting.   Accommodations: Techniques and materials that don’t change the basic curriculum […]