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PACER Center, 2018
Every child is unique and learns in different ways. Some children are identified as needing special education services to support his or her learning at school. Parents can play a major role in shaping the services a child receives. This guidebook has been written for parents, guardians, and surrogate parents of a child (ages 3 to 21 or…
Descriptors: Individualized Education Programs, Parent Participation, Cooperative Planning, Teamwork
PACER Center, 2017
This toolkit was created to make transition planning easier and offers easy-to-understand information about the purpose of transition planning, the goal and importance of age-appropriate assessments, and the required rules that are used by schools. It also includes information on the community partners that can provide youth with supports as…
Descriptors: Transitional Programs, Planning, Disabilities, Guidelines
PACER Center, 2017
This booklet lists free and low-cost mobile apps that are available to support transition-age youth with disabilities as they embark on their journey towards post-secondary education, job training, employment, and independent living. This list includes apps that have been reviewed by parents and professionals and found to be useful and…
Descriptors: Transitional Programs, Youth Programs, Youth Opportunities, Technology Uses in Education
PACER Center, 2015
The word "bullying" often conjures up an image of a schoolyard scene, with a big, intimidating student towering over a small, cowering child. However, that's just one of the many faces of children who bully. Another face of someone who bullies might be that of one's own child. Surprised? Many parents are. Often they have no idea that…
Descriptors: Bullying, Child Behavior, Parent Role, Intervention
PACER Center, 2015
Individuals who serve as surrogate parents fulfill an important role in the life of a child with a disability. Surrogates have become increasingly important in special education because a growing number of children are living outside their family for some period of their lives. Like parents, surrogates of children with disabilities are granted a…
Descriptors: Training, Disabilities, Special Education, Decision Making
PACER Center, 2014
This Action Information Sheet follows a family's process of selecting and using augmentative and alternative communication to help their young son, Max, speak. Max is affected by global dyspraxia, which makes learning new motor skills--especially speech--quite difficult. For the first years of his life, Max could not say words. Before he and his…
Descriptors: Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Assistive Technology, Speech Language Pathology, Speech Communication
PACER Center, 2014
Parents of young children with disabilities are discovering that carefully selected computer software and mobile apps can provide many benefits such as improved self-esteem, a longer attention span, and inclusion among family and other children that help their children succeed at home and in school. PACER's Simon Technology Center (STC) can help…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Young Children, Disabilities
PACER Center, 2014
Every child is unique and learns in different ways. Some children are identified as needing special education services to support his or her learning at school. Parents can play a major role in shaping the services a child receives. This guidebook has been written for parents, guardians, and surrogate parents of a child (ages 3 to 21 or…
Descriptors: Individualized Education Programs, Disabilities, Special Education, Public Schools
PACER Center, 2014
To help special education planning teams reach agreements, the Minnesota Department of Education, Compliance and Assistance, Alternative Dispute Resolution Services provide the option of facilitated IEP (Individualized Education Program) meetings. This option is available for IEP, IIIP (Individual Interagency Intervention Plan), and IFSP…
Descriptors: Individualized Education Programs, Special Education, Meetings, Facilitators (Individuals)
PACER Center, 2014
Research shows that assistive technology (AT) can help young children with disabilities to learn developmental skills. Its use may help infants and toddlers to improve in many areas such as: (1) social skills including sharing and taking turns; (2) communication skills; (3) attention span; (4) fine and gross motor skills; and (5) self confidence…
Descriptors: Assistive Technology, Disabilities, Young Children, Infants
PACER Center, 2013
If the word "bullying" makes you think of one child picking on another in the schoolyard, it is time to update your image of how students bully. While the face-to-face harassment certainly still exists, new ways of bullying have emerged. With the easy access to cell phones, instant messaging, mobile devices, social networking websites,…
Descriptors: Bullying, Computer Mediated Communication, Telecommunications, Internet
PACER Center, 2013
Parents of young children who are in early intervention (EI) or early childhood special education (ECSE) programs want to be sure these services are helping their children develop and learn. These services are designed to make the most of each child's potential as well as to strengthen the family's ability to help their child. This report asks how…
Descriptors: Young Children, Early Intervention, Early Childhood Education, Special Education
PACER Center, 2013
"Bullying 101" is the Club Crew's Guide to Bullying Prevention. A visually-friendly, age-appropriate, 16-page colorful guide for students to read or for parents to use when talking with children, this guide describes and explains what bullying is and is not, the roles of other students, and tips on what each student can do to prevent…
Descriptors: Bullying, Prevention, Guides, Student Role
PACER Center, 2013
Some students with disabilities who receive special education services need accommodations or modifications to their educational program in order to participate in the general curriculum and to be successful in school. While the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and its regulations do not define accommodations or modifications,…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Special Education, Academic Accommodations (Disabilities), Assignments
PACER Center, 2013
Youth with disabilities are at a higher risk for involvement in the juvenile justice system. Why is this true, and what should parents and caregivers know about this issue? This series of five briefs answers these questions and provides parents with steps for protecting their children's rights in both the education and the court systems.
Descriptors: Disabilities, Juvenile Justice, Childrens Rights, Behavior Problems
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