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Birds, Bees, ASDs

Teaching my children about sexuality, struggling with Inclusion. List of resources and strategies.

Using Visual Structure in Reading Test Practice

In the world of education, tests are unavoidable.  Last week’s post was about using a social story and a teaching aid/study organizer to help with Math word problems in multiple choice tests.  This week I use a visual work system with a practice Reading test. An End-of-Grade Reading test is an assessment used to measure…

Earned Income Tax Credit – Do You Qualify?

From Scott Badesch, Chief Executive Officer It is not often that Internal Revenue Services gives money away! But, they do. And you might be qualified to receive this money this year! And this is not a gimmick!!! Each year, the Internal Revenue Services has a program called VITA (Volunteer Tax Assistance Program). Last year, the…

Math Word Problems! Taking Tests!

Using social stories and visual supports to teach academic skills.

No Pony Ride to Mars

A plea for ASNC membership.


Following a horrifying report by the Government Accountability Office , Congress has addressed the growing need for federal legislation regulating the use of restraints and seclusion in schools—both of which are already regulated in hospitals and residential facilities.  While the House bill (HR4247) seeks to “prevent and reduce” the use of physical restraints and seclusion,…

Section 504 Accommodations

If your child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder does not qualify for an IEP (Individualized Education Program), it is possible that he/she might qualify for a Section 504 Plan.  This plan, part of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, protects qualified individuals from discrimination based on their disability.  People who have a physical or mental…

“Dear, It’s About The Children…”

Telling others about your child’s autism.

Miscellaneous interesting education-related tidbits:

      The NC State Board of Education is removing the second retest program from EOGs.  The change will be effective in the 2010-2011 school year.   Hurrah!  Why should students who scored a Level 2 be required to take TWO retests?!  Instead, schools will be able to use the first retest results in calculating ABCs and…