5 Keys to Navigating the School System

When it comes to learning disabilities, knowing your child is half the battle—the other half is knowing how to get what your child needs from her school system. Here are some strategies to help you navigate the system. Know the… Read the rest

6 Keys to Winning Over Your Child’s Team

Developing collaborative, non-adversarial, mutually respectful relationships with your child’s teachers is fundamental to her success in school. But oftentimes that’s easier said than done. Following are some tried and true strategies to help you establish a parent-teacher relationship that will… Read the rest

Saving the IEP Meeting When Conflict Arises

By Ann McCarthy As parents of a child with learning disabilities, it’s important to realize that conflict is likely to occur at IEP meetings; how you handle it is what matters. When dealt with appropriately, dissension can lead to positive… Read the rest

Look Back to Prepare for the IEP

As a parent of a child with LD, there are a number of actions you can take to improve your child’s school experience, but one of the most important is to come to the annual IEP meeting thoroughly prepared. If… Read the rest

Your Right to Parental Involvement

Parent participation in the educational decision-making process for a child with LD is a fundamental principle of The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The law is specific about this point, and includes a number of safeguards to ensure that… Read the rest