Blogs by Bonnie Landau

Information about Special Education & Inspiration for Special Ed Moms

Social Stories to Help Back to School Transition

Have you ever used a social story to help your child transition from one situation to another? Social stories are great tools that offer a simple, easy-to-understand format to explain a situation. Sometimes it helps a child understand what is going to happen in a...

60 Books to Calm Back to School Fears

Going back to school is uppermost in our mind this time of year, and we all know our kids have the hardest time expressing it. Sometimes reading to them, then discussing the story, is a great way to help your child open and about their anxiety. Vicki at Babies to...

Transitioning Back to School After Brain Injury

I created this presentation to share with school counselors about how to help kids transition back to school after a brain injury. I'm not just referring to a severely traumatic brain injury, but any child who has had an insult to their brain. This could include...

T-shirts: Finding Humor in the IEP Process

Here are some fun t-shirts I have created to help us find some humor in this process. Keep smiling because in the end it will turn out okay, even if the journey is a bit bumpy! Click on the t-shirt images and you can buy them at Parent Tees, my Zazzle store!  ...

Helping Teachers Get to Know Your Child

Starting a new school year is a big chore for many teachers. They often have to create new curriculum and schools introduce new methodologies, and then of course all teachers get a new group of students. They may hear about your student from other teachers, but they...

First Day of School Jitters for Mom

My oldest son is starting high school this year, and while he did amazingly well in 8th grade, I am an anxious mom about this upcoming transition. He is excited to see friends again, but not too thrilled at the prospect of schoolwork. He no longer needed an aide...

What is Biomedical Healing and How Can It Help My Child?

How can a child go from being totally spacey, unable to focus and needing a one-on-one aide in school to becoming an independent student who gets A's and B's in general education classes? Biomedical healing is one approach that can bring this sort of progress. I know...

Use Goal Banks for Stellar IEP Goals

There are actually online databases that have searchable goals that you can use in your child’s IEP. It is well worth the time to research the banks and find goals that cover similar territory. You may modify the goals you find, but they give you a good starting point...

Educating Teacher About Your Child’s Disability

The school year is about to start and I know you are already feeling stress about sending your child back to school. You wonder if the teacher will be helpful and supportive, or mean and a problem. Until you know, you will have to focus on deep breaths and hope for...

Winning the Battle of Limiting Electronics

When I was a child, my parents kept the TV locked in a cabinet, and we were only allowed to watch 2 hours per week. Usually Little House on the Prairie on Monday nights, and Love Boat on Saturday night. If we were lucky, they would fall asleep during Love Boat and we...

Mom Moment #1: Feel Your Body

As moms we have many moments in our days when we need to take a break and catch our breath. Unfortunately as special ed moms those moments are literally moments, and rarely turn into 20 or 30 minute breaks. I am starting a series of blogs to teach you how to take...

Why Would School Give My Child the Wrong Diagnosis?

Q: The school has classified my 5-year-old son as autistic, but the only trait he displays is speech delay. He does have some sensory issues, but they aren't a huge deal in the school setting. He has been evaluated privately and they always say he doesn't qualify for...

Reducing Anxiety When Attending an IEP

It's that time of year when we realize our child may need more support in school. Whether this is your first IEP or you are a seasoned pro, you cannot help but have anxiety when approaching the meeting. Even when the team is kind and truly tries to help, there is an...

Positive Behavior Support in the Classroom – Printable

Behavior support in a general ed classroom is often one of the more challenging pieces to get into place for a student. While teachers very much want to help their kids, most teachers these days have overfull classes and many students who need special attention. While...

Who are The Middle Kids?

For parents who have children with moderate learning issues, they are very aware that their children are stuck in the middle. Their kids are not severely disabled or autistic, nor are they typical kids with typical challenges. These kids are stuck between "severe" and...

Book Review: The Out of Synch Child

by Carol Stock Kranowitz, MA If your child has any kind of sensory issues, this book has to be part of your library. Back in 2004 this was the first book I read to help my son. He had sensory seeking behaviors that created all sorts of havoc for him and those around...