Blogs by Bonnie Landau

Information about Special Education & Inspiration for Special Ed Moms

3 Questions a Special Education Advocate Asks to Get Results

I so wish I had a magic wand to get schools to say yes when the child clearly needs services but the schools are obviously manipulating the situation to make sure they can say no. Special education advocates know that the law is the way to get schools to change their...

What is Visual Processing Disorder and How Does It Affect Learning?

Mention a visual processing disorder (VPD) and the first thing a parent will say is, “But the eye doctor said he has 20/20 vision!” A person can have perfect focus but still have a visual processing disorder. This is because the problem with a visual processing...

Could Primary Reflexes Help Your Child’s Learning Challenges?

Primary reflex integration has quickly become one of the standard therapies to help children with ADHD, sensory processing, learning disabilities, autism and behavioral problems. It is an exercise-based therapy that helps recreate early baby movements that...

40 Special Ed Social Media Accounts You Must Follow

It is hard to stay on top of all the social media information, but it is important to keep abreast of what is going on in special education. These are the people I follow to help me learn new strategies for kids as well as information on changes in...

Why Can’t My Child Learn to Read?

When a child starts to learn to read, you never expect it to be a challenge. Yet 1 in 5 children will have difficulty mastering this essential skill. Most will be diagnosed with dyslexia, and it will be assumed that their brain functions in a way that reading will...

How to Do DNA Testing to Start Biomedical Healing

Biomedical healing has become a standard approach to helping children with cognitive and developmental delays. We've done it with our own son and saw dramatic improvement in attention, processing, language, emotional regulation and anxiety. He was so improved he no...

11 Questions When Hiring a Special Education Advocate

How do you know when you need a special education advocate? In Chapter 12 of Special Ed Mom Survival Guide, I emphasize the need to ask for help when you feel overwhelmed. Sometimes it takes an advocate to help you find your way out of the stress,...

The Ultimate IEP Binder Toolkit for Special Ed Parents

Creating an IEP binder is one of the best ways to make sure it is easy to access all the details in the mounds of paperwork. Between IEP documents, school documents and outside doctor assessments, and research, you can literally have piles of paperwork to...

Special Ed Procedural Safeguards (Parent Rights) for Each State

Procedural Safeguards, sometimes called Parent Rights, are the laws each state has implemented in order to ensure compliance with IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act). While the Federal Government establishes laws for special education...

A New Theory of Intelligence TEDTalk by Scott Barry Kaufman

There are many people in the special education world who champion causes to help kids with learning challenges. Scott Barry Kaufman is one of the more unique activists in that he himself had learning challenges that he overcame. He truly is a symbol of the potential...

What Causes Auditory Processing Disorder?

Audiologists have not determined exactly what causes auditory processing disorder (APD), although there has been some consensus that there are two primary types: Acquired APD: The child was born with normal auditory function, but at some point the hearing system was...

Why Does My Child Meltdown After School?

Q: My child is a model student. The teacher said he participates very well in class, does all his work and is well liked by the other kids. He never has any discipline problems and all his teachers have loved working with him. However, within minutes of coming home...

The 5 Subtypes of Auditory Processing Disorder

Auditory processing disorder (APD) is one of the lesser known disabilities, but more and more it is being identified as the root cause of learning challenges. The most common type of APD is difficulty understanding language in the presence of competing sounds. There...

5 Reasons You Must Have a Weighted Blanket!

Hands down the weighted blanket was the best thing we ever bought to help our son with sensory issues. There would have many more meltdowns and many more nights without sleep if we had not invested in this invaluable. Here are 5 reasons I think you should have a...

Podcast: Parent’s Complete Guide to Advocacy

I had the pleasure of being interviewed by a fellow Karen Thomas, a fellow Special Ed Mom who has an online community called Naturally Healing Autism. Karen has a background in natural medicine, and when your son was diagnosed with autism, she used her knowledge to...

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...