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Independent assessments can provide a more detailed, objective and comprehensive evaluation of a child with autism. Many parents can gain a better understanding of their child’s needs through independent assessments rather than solely relying on evaluations by a state/early intervention agency and/or school district. Parents can obtain independent assessments from...

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"Learning to effectively communicate via an augmentative communication display or device can be challenging for any student who is nonverbal, minimally verbal, or a struggling but emerging verbal communicator. It can be an especially difficult task if the student has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). These students usually lack role...

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Speech development is affected in children diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum, which includes autism and Asperger's syndrome. Augmentative and alternative communication is the use of visual language systems to assist children with communication skills, and can help a child to learn the basics of communication before speaking. Assistive...

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Assistive technology is a game changer for many of our kids with dyslexia and other learning struggles. And teaching them to use these technologies is just as important as providing these to them. This article talks about how parents/teachers may do this.

Link: https://homeschoolingwithdyslexia.com/teaching-students-dyslexia-use-assistive-technology/

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Although employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities still lag behind those compared to individuals without disabilities, it is clear that enormous barriers to employment are being overcome. It is far more common now to see students and young adults with disabilities in a wide range of jobs throughout the community...

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"States and local school districts are required by federal law to educate preschool age children with disabilities in typical early childhood programs alongside children who do not have disabilities to the maximum extent appropriate. This policy brief provides an overview of the law and sets forth a list of policy...

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Special education services are available to parents of young children as they enter presechool and elementary school. This very helpful document from the San Diego Regional Center helps to inform parents of exactly how to obtain and navigate through these services during these formative years. The document also provides how...

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Sometimes the environment can become overwhelming for a child, especially one who may have sensory processing disorder. This article gives ideas on self-regulation techniques and low-tech tools to help with calming down. They can be used in the home, classroom, or clinic/school-based practice. It's a great way to encourage independence...

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As high school graduation draws near, students with disabilities encounter a spectrum of options for their transition into the working world. Some students find vocational programs to be a viable post-secondary option as they lead to meaningful, independent work in a skilled trade. The following guide highlights the benefits of...

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This informational video from the Down Syndrome Research Foundation outlines specific strategies that are useful for language development in young children with down syndrome. Some topics of discussion include language profiles and strengths of children with down syndrome, visual learning, and other teaching techniques that may include low to mid-tech...

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