Blogs by Bonnie Landau

Information about Special Education & Inspiration for Special Ed Moms

The Best Fidget Toys for Kids and Adults

Working with kids means knowing what to do when a child doesn't fit still. Kids who know me are ready for me to pull out my 'fidget bag' and are always excited to see what new gadgets I have added. These fidgets are the all-time favorites of the kids I...

Free Printable: IEP Prep Checklist

Getting ready for an IEP meeting can be really nerve wracking, but it doesn't have to be. If you know how to prepare and how to plan, the process can be easier than expected. I created the attached IEP Preparation Checklist with 20 different tasks you need to complete...

42 Sensory Crafts for Kids with Autism, SPD and ADHD

Tactile (Touch) Sensory Input Pineapple Thumbprint Drawing Ice Paint DIY Sidewalk Chalk Pops Bouncy Ball Stamp Pufferfish Textured Hot Air Balloon Sensory Craft Worry Pet Buddies for Anxiety Pool Noodle Pom Pom Shooter Puffy Paint Octopus Ocean Slime Stretchy Slime 20...

10 Proven Strategies for Helping an Anxious Child

Anxiety is one of the most difficult emotions to get control over, but with useful strategies you can do a lot to help a child calm down. I have used the following strategies with children and found they are very effective at shifting thought patterns and...

Difference Between Educational vs. Clinical Autism

I have had many parents become confused as to why their child might qualify for autism in a doctor's setting, but the school says the child does not qualify for an IEP. Conversely, some students qualify for an IEP under the autism category, but despite repeated...

100+ Special Ed Letter Templates for Parents

We all know that in the world of special education, if it isn't in writing, it may not have happened. As Special Ed Parents, we need to remember that all requests and responses need to be done via email or printed letter. Optimally, multiple people will be copied to...

3 Private Therapies that Can Change Your and Your Child’s Life

Guest Post by James Lambka You know that public schools just aren't equipped to give every child exactly what she needs; and, while you'd desperately like to, you just can't do it all at home on your own either. There are, however, some proven...

Back to School Roadmap for Special Ed Parents

Unfortunately it is that time of year when we have to transition our kids away from a less structured schedule and extended sleep times to the reliability of the school day. Getting ready for back to school can be fun, but it can also be overwhelming when...

Back to School Checklist for Special Ed Parents

There are SO many things to do to get our kids out of summer mode and back into school mode. It's a wonder we get it all done! I created this simple checklist so you could have an easy to make sure you don't lose track of anything. This list is geared...

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...

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...

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