A supportive and stable education for your child or young adult is critically important.
For families looking for learning opportunities, we have provided below ways to expand your knowledge and keep them on track.
The Right to Special Education In PA: A Guide for Parents and Advocates
Written by PA's Education Law Center this guide to special education services in PA tells you everything you need to know about getting and managing special education services in simple and easy to understand language.
The IEP team process: A framework for success
Here is an excellent video series that provides a step by step guide to the entire IEP process. Each video ranging between 4 and 12 minutes can be watched on its own to help you prepare for a meeting or the entire series can be watched at once so you know what to expect.
Emotional Disturbances and IEP's
Can your child qualify for special education services because they have an emotional disturbance? This 3-minute video gives you the information you need to answer that question.
How Difficult Can This Be? F.A.T. City Workshop
F.A.T. stands for Frustration, Anxiety, and Tension — and that's exactly what the participant’s experience. This workshop and video provide teachers, parents, caregivers, and siblings with the opportunity actually to experience the emotions and stresses that children with learning disabilities face daily. By using simulations and contrived activities as models (for example, telling a story without using any words that contain the letter N), the participants temporarily experience the frustration, anxiety, and tension that is the lifestyle of students with special needs. This video may be older but the information it contains is invaluable and very relevant today.
School attendance can be challenging when raising a child with social, emotional, behavioral or mental health challenges. Learn about your protections under the law and find some strategies should you need help from your child's school.
The importance of evaluations
Parents often underestimate the importance of evaluations but this can be a big mistake. This 6-minute video explains how you can make sure you understand what tests are being suggested and how you can make sure your concerns are addressed.
A Mental Health and Special Education Services Primer
This 45 minute video discusses in clear and easy to understand language what families need to know about mental health and special education services. Can your child qualify for an IEP? What's the difference between an IEP and 504 plan and so much more! *This video discusses educational rights for children in psychiatric hospitals and RTF's.
IEP's for emotional disturbances
The topic of this 10-minute video is about special education services under the category of 'emotional disturbance' -- a designation that many people don't even KNOW qualifies for special education services. *Note that PA's guidelines for evaluation, once consent has been given are 60 calendar days, not including summer break.*