Blogs by Bonnie Landau

Information about Special Education & Inspiration for Special Ed Moms

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, they are...

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 many small joys that come...

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 shape,...

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...

Accommodations for Students with Auditory Processing Disorder

Help for learning disabilities are often called accommodations. Accommodations are ways of modifying environment to assist with overcoming the challenges of a learning disability. For example, if a person has difficulty hearing when competing noise is...

9 FREE Graphic Organizers For Kids With Dysgraphia

Writing essays is a skill that students start as early as first grade. First they learn to write a sentence, then to put those sentences into a paragraph, then to combine paragraphs into an essay. For students with dysgraphia, the actually writing with a pencil is...

Can a Special Needs Mom Ever Relax?

The past decade of my life has been devoted to helping my children recover from their developmental delays. Not only fighting with schools, moving to get into a better school and making sure their IEPs are implemented, but also focusing on what can be done at home to...

Can My Child Recover From ADHD?

Recovery from ADHD is a heated topic. I know many will disagree with me, but I believe most of the time, a child CAN improve or recover from ADHD symptoms. The reason so many people disagree with this has to do with what most people think Attention Deficit...

Social Awkwardness Does Not Always Mean Autism

I am the first to admit that I hate labels. As an adolescent I wanted so much to fit in and be like everybody else. In my early 20s, I took the Meyers Briggs personality test and found out I was an INFJ – rarest personality type. Only 2% of the population falls into...

11 Reasons a Child Cannot Look You in the Eyes

Most people assume if a person has trouble looking you straight in the eye, he must have autism. This is plain not true, and I wish people would stop with the armchair diagnosis when it comes to this social skill. I want to share the very many reasons people will...

The Typical IEP Meeting Agenda

I know how overwhelming and IEP meeting can be, and it is very difficult to know if they are covering everything they are suppose to. This is especially true if you do not have a special education advocate to help ensure everything is done properly. Not all IEP...

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...

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