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Should I have my Child Evaluated?


 "Being You"
Dear Friends and Colleagues;
It is always amazing to see how fast time flies, here we are with the holidays approaching. The fall is always such a busy time at school and at home. The holiday vacations are welcome times to relax and enjoy family time. We at the Parent Center hope that families and schools are closely communicating to make sure that everyone's holiday is equally celebrated and that parents and teachers work together to decide whether vacation homework and projects are "doable" for the children. Remember, every child is different, has different needs, different strengths and takes varied amounts of time to complete home assignments. Parents, call your child's teachers, have a conversation. Teachers, call your parents ahead of time, think about the time each child might take to complete an assignment. Just some food for thought! Have a fabulous holiday!
Each quarter our newsletter will provide you with current events in education, updates from NYS Education Department, the US Department of Education, and regional resources. Our staff enjoys sharing the most interesting articles and information we find as we navigate through our daily work schedules. What we do know is that there never seems to be enough time to read every article, every e-mail, and every memo that is distributed throughout the field. Our goal is to conveniently share with you the most important and interesting information that we find in a timely manner. We encourage you to join our list serve (see below) so in addition to this newsletter you will receive periodic publications and notices that might be of interest to you.
Helene Fallon
Project Director

Acronyms & Key Terms:

OT - Occupational Therapy
Occupational therapy is a health profession in which therapists and therapy assistants help individuals to do and engage in the specific activities that make up daily life. For children and youth in schools, occupational therapy works to ensure that a student can participate in the full breadth of school activities-from paying attention in class; concentrating on the task at hand; holding a pencil, musical instrument, or book in the easiest way; or just behaving appropriately in class.

PT - Physical Therapy
Physical therapy (PT) is one of the related services under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. When the student's IEP identifies PT as a needed resource, physical therapists will be integrated as members of a multidisciplinary school team. Using their unique expertise in movement and function, PTs ensure a free and appropriate education for students with disabilities. The school-based PT promotes motor development and the student's participation in everyday routines and activities that are a part of his or her program.
PBIS/PBS - Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
School-Wide PBIS (SWPBIS) is a systems approach to creating and maintaining positive school climates where teachers can teach and students can learn. This evidence-based framework emphasizes preventing school discipline problems. It provides ideas to support teaching, modeling and recognizing positive, appropriate behavior in schools and identifies systems for logically responding to classroom and individual student problems.
SWPBIS is NOT a curriculum, intervention or practice, but IS a systems change framework that guides selection, integration and implementation of the best evidence-based practices for improving behavior outcomes for all students while increasing opportunities for academic engagement.

A Letter to My Family & Friends

While visiting with family and friends can be a happy time, it can also be very, very hard for me. I have autism; this is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how my brain functions. I am not "bad;" I am not misbehaving. I am not intentionally trying to get away with something. I am communicating in the best way I know how. Words may not come easy for me; listening to everyone talk is like being in a foreign country with no interpreter to help me with the language. So I may "talk" through my actions instead.

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Should I have my Child Evaluated?
Many parents feel nervous or anxious about the idea of an evaluation. If you're unsure whether to get your child evaluated, hear from Ellen Braaten, Ph.D., pediatric neuropsychologist and director of the Learning and Emotional Assessment Program (LEAP) at Massachusetts General Hospital, on the benefits of an evaluation.
Watch the video in our Video Corner, as Braaten discusses her experience evaluating kids for learning and attention issues, as well as how she felt about the idea of her own son being evaluated when he was in first grade.

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Understanding The Full Evaluation Process

An evaluation is the gateway to special education. Before your child can get special education and related services for the first time, the school must give her a comprehensive evaluation. This process is guided by legal rules in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Understanding the comprehensive evaluation process is easier if you don't think of "evaluation" as meaning a single "test." There's a reason it's called an evaluation process. A series of steps are needed to look at (or evaluate) your child's strengths, weaknesses and school performance.

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"Being You": Explore Your Child's Future as a Young Adult

Have you thought about what your child will be doing 5,10 or 15 years from now as a young adult?
Imagining your child's future can create feelings of uncertainty. But it can also raise some amazing possibilities!
We've seen so many people with learning and attention issues make their mark on the world. Some famous examples come to mind, like entrepreneur Richard Branson and director Steven Spielberg. And there are many more great career and life paths that aren't as known.
In Being You, Stephanie and her fellow "road-trippers"-Noah Coates and Nicole Korber-explore what it means to be young adults with learning and attention issues. (Noah has ADHD and dyslexia, and Nicole has dysgraphia and dyspraxia.) Together, they travel from coast to coast talking to diverse leaders who also have learning and attention issues. These include entertainer Howie Mandel, Eye to Eye founder David Flink and poet LeDerick Horne. Please watch the Trailer in our Video Corner.

How to Reinvent Holiday Traditions for Kids With Learning and Attention Issues
Family traditions can add a lot of joy and meaning to the holidays. But some of the activities you've always looked forward to may not work for your child with learning and attention issues.
If she has sensory processing issues, for instance, picture taking with Santa might be stressful. If she has ADHD, sitting through the holiday pageant could be hard.
Upcoming Event:
December 1, 2017
The Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)
AM and PM sessions available at LIU Post
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We look forward to working with you.  Please check out the LIPC Website for updates on future trainings and workshops and be sure to look for our next newsletter in the spring!