Blogs by Bonnie Landau

Information about Special Education & Inspiration for Special Ed Moms

Preparing for Parenting a Child with a Disability

When you are an expecting parent, life can be filled with a combination of excitement, anticipation, stress and fear. When you’re expecting a child with a mental or physical disability, you have the same feelings, but it can also be trepidatious of the...

12 Warning Signs the IEP Team is NOT Doing Their Job!

The IEP Team is suppose to help support your child, but sometimes their approach can be misleading. Knowing the law is key when advocating for your child. In my book, Special Ed Mom Survival Guide, I spend considerable time helping you learn about the law...

Infographic: 6 Tips to Organize IEP Paperwork

One of the most important things you can do when advocating for your child is to organize IEP paperwork! That is why I created the Ultimate IEP Binder Tool Kit, so parents like you can get all the information in one place. Why organize IEP paperwork? In...

What Parents Should Know About Suicide Prevention

Need immediate help? If you have an emergency situation, CALL 911. If you suspect someone is thinking about suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK(8255) or visit their website to do an online chat. Call The Trevor Project at...

Infographic: IEP vs 504 – What’s the Difference?

There seems to be a lot of confusion about IEP vs 504 plans. While both are covered within special education, only IEPs (individualized education programs) are covered under IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act). IDEA is the federal law that...

Denied an IEP or 504 Because Grades Are Good

Has your child been denied an IEP or 504? It is so common for schools to say that a child is not eligible for special education because the child has good grades or is too smart. The truth is, this is not a valid excuse for denying special education support. Sec....

Making Sure Gen Ed Teachers Provide Accommodations – Free Worksheet

A lot of time and effort goes into choosing the exact right accommodations to help your child in the classroom. Sometimes you even have to fight for them, even though they usually don't cost the school any money. Even with all this careful consideration,...

18 Apps to Help Build Visual Processing Skills

It is often difficult to get children to do vision therapy exercises, but if you can find an app that they love, you might be able to engage them for longer than prescribed. The following apps help with different visual tasks. NOTE: Please talk to your vision...

Least Restrictive Environment: What Are Your Placement Options?

When providing an IEP, least restrictive environment (LRE) is an important concept for parents to understand. It relates to where they put your child for the daily classroom, and how much structure there is in your child's educational day. IDEA defines the LRE as: “To...

Being a Special Needs Mom is Not Exactly Hard

So many people look at my life and cannot restrain their need to comment, “It must be so difficult.” They look at me, my journey and my children, and they cannot imagine themselves walking this path. What so many people do not realize is the...

Infographic: 12 Ways to Help Kids Calm Down

In my work as a special education advocate and parenting coach, the one question I get most often is, "How can help my child calm down when he is overstimulated?" This could be a sensory issue, like spinning out of control at a noisy party. It could also...

Printable: 55 Self-Care Strategies for Moms With Too Little Time

Mom Self Care. You hear it over and over, but how often do you actually listen? Self care is CRITICAL for moms and especially moms of kids with special needs. At first it may not seem so, but over the years you get worn out, and pretty soon you are out of...

Special Education Law in Each of the 50 States

Special Education Law is specified at the Federal level with IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) and Section 504 of the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Unfortunately many of the specifics of the laws are not delineated, like the...

Your Child Finally Has a Diagnosis. Now What?

Your child has been struggling with learning challenges, so you sought out some answers. Now you have a diagnosis. It could be ADHD, dyslexia, auditory processing disorder, sensory processing disorder or maybe even autism. Even though you...

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