Education & Accommodations

Parenting A Child With Special Needs, Continued

While meetings and open discussions are fantastic, documentation rules the special needs world.  Through Early Intervention, you get an IFSP or IEP. As your child moves into a formal educational setting, your plan will evolve and become more complex.  You really do have to put it all down on paper. A lot has already been written about special education, so I would like to highlight a few good resources.


First of all, it’s important to understand what accommodations can be made for your child in an educational environment.  Learn more about that here. 


IEP, 504, what?  Yes, there’s a difference.  These are different forms of documentation to ensure your child receives all the support they need at school.  


Both require a team approach to create a properly customized plan.  Here are some tips for an effective IEP meeting


If your child is just entering preschool, your initial IEP from Early Intervention is a good starting point for a conversation with your preschool of choice.  Just because your child has special needs doesn’t mean that they need to go to a specific school. An inclusive approach, where children with special needs are not kept separate from their peers, has been shown to greatly benefit all children - encouraging empathy and reducing stigma (read more about the benefits here).  


MetroKids magazine publishes the SpecialKids resource directory that has a comprehensive list and survey data on a variety of special-needs friendly educational programs, including summer camps.  You can sign up for that free resource here.