Many individuals here in the U.S. struggle with mental illness. Children are no exception to this; it is estimated that signs or symptoms of a mental health condition may be present in as many as one in five of the nation’s children.
Digital technology has come to play a major role in many key areas in our society. This includes education. Things such as computer and device use at schools, educational websites and online homework portals are making up a bigger and bigger part of the educational experience at U.S. schools. Digital technology in the classroom and online educational resources can provide many unique educational opportunities for students. However, they also raise challenges. Among these challenges are challenges with ensuring special needs students are able to access school-related digital technology and the opportunities it provides.
Suffering from attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder can pose some special challenges for a child when it comes to their educational experience. This is among the reasons why federal law gives special protections to individuals with ADHD when it comes to education. We discussed some of these special protections in a recent post.
So, what is an IEP?
When you have a child who needs special educational accommodations and approaches, you often trust that the school has the resources in place to create a plan that will accurately evaluate your child and will give him (or her) the tools to develop necessary skills. Though that is likely the intention, the results of their efforts might not always match up.
There are many things one would hope schools would be vigilant about when it comes to what activities they have their students with special needs do as part of their education experience. One is ensuring that the activities they have each of their special education students do are well-suited to the particular student’s educational needs. Another is making sure the activities don’t stigmatize special needs students.
As graduation season passes, you may worry about the transition when your child has a disability. When will your child graduate? Is college an option? Will your child be able to hold a job and live independently?
For some children with disabilities, service animals play an incredibly significant role in their life. Such animals can be of great help for such children when it comes to a range of everyday tasks.
Diagnosed cases of school-aged children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have increased dramatically in the last decade. In 2003, the diagnosed rate was 7.8%. By 2011 it was 11%, an increase of 42%. In all, over 6.4 million children have received a health care provider diagnosis of ADHD since 2011.
We've been discussing the importance of properly assessing your child's progress toward meeting their IEP goals for a few posts now, and today we will talk about the importance of a key component of any successful IEP: appropriate and measurable goals (formerly known as "benchmarks").