Tips for Including Dietary Restrictions in Your Child’s IEP

By Holly Bortfeld When your child is on a special diet for medical reasons, getting the correct wording into your child’s IEP is very important to minimize dangerous infractions.   What parents must provide Parents must get a letter from their doctor stating that for medical reasons, your child cannot have certain foods (which must […]

Back to School Links

Back to School Links Yes, it’s that time of year again. We’ve organized all of our Back To School links in one easy place for you! IEP and Special Ed Basics Partners in Policymaking Online Classes Allergies and IEPs […]

Homeschooling Your Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder: The Basics

By Holly Bortfeld This article is not a step-by-step guide to homeschooling your child, but rather an overview of what homeschooling a child with ASD would entail to help you make an informed decision. As a long time homeschooler of 2 kids with ASD – one with Asperger’s and one with moderate autism, I wholly […]

Keeping Your Kids with ASD Safe

By Holly Bortfeld Safety: Keeping Your Kids with ASD Safeis a never-ending issue People with disabilities, especially those with limited communication skills are at a high risk for abuse, neglect, bullying and sexual assault. Being wary of anyone who is alone with your child at home, in the community and especially at school is paramount. […]

Inclusion: A Journey So Far & Lessons Learned

By Lisa Ackerman Inclusion – the process of taking a special needs individual and including them in a typical education setting – is a tough, delicate, and extremely complex subject to address. Each situation is unique to the child as well as the desired setting – which can change year to year. This statement can […]

What Are Social Skills?

Social Stories, Video Modeling and Playscripts by Janice Kern, Chapter Coordinator – TACA of North Dakota Social Stories Video Modeling Playscripts   Social Stories What is a social story? It’s a story, about social events, situations or skills. They can be used to provide information about a situation (especially a novel situation, something very new […]

An Essential Handout For Teachers & Aides

Authors Mary Fry, Diane Gallant & Moira Giammetteo What Is the Gluten-Free, Casein-Free (GFCF) Diet? This is a dietary intervention to lessen the digestive and bowel, and behavioral issues sometimes found in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Recent research indicates that there are children with a genetic predisposition to the disorder, which is then […]

Getting Ready for School

This article is from the website of Dr. Paula Kluth. It, along with many others on inclusive schooling, differentiated instruction, and literacy can be found at Visit now to read her Tip of the Day, read dozens of free articles, and learn more about supporting diverse learners in K-12 classrooms. *** Transition Tips for Students […]

IEP – Special Education: Tips & Links

Check list of items to remember: Audiotape every IEP meeting (with district or regional center) School district needs to know in writing 24 hours prior to meeting Note: Even when your attorney tapes a meeting – you should also tape each meeting. Tape players fail! Do all communication in writing (if verbal, follow up in writing) If […]

Must Schools Provide Casein and Gluten-free Foods If Parents Request It?

By Donna Rosinski A few weeks ago, a mom left a message on my answering machine asking me this question: “Must schools provide gluten- and casein-free foods if parents request them?” She had attended our conference on alternative biomedical treatments last fall, and had decided to try the gluten- and casein-free (GFCF) diet with her […]

GFCFSF School Supplies

Pre-K, Elementary School List A child on the gluten-free/casein-free (GFCF) diet can be 100% on the diet and fail to make the grade if their school supplies have forbidden ingredients. Parents need to be diligent and work with school staff to absolutely make sure every aspect of their children’s school environments are completely GFCF, right […]