We have a whole page of Social Skills Resources
We have a whole page of Technology Resources
Here are the key governmental Web sites:
- Needham Schools' Special Education Site
- Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education
- US Department of Education
- Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Web Site
- Guidance on SEPACs
- Needham Youth Services Parent Resources including articles on Internet safety and bullying.
Here are some additional Web sites:
- Concord-Carlisle SEPAC Site - Links to a huge amount of resources
- Wrights Law Site - information about special education law
- SPED Watch - Political Action Committee supporting special education
- Sensory Processing Disorders Resource Center
- Think Kids - A non-profit associated with Mass. General Hospital dedicated to providing education and support for caregivers of behaviorally challenged children.
- Mass. General School Psychiatry Program - The site will help you meet the needs of young people with depression, bipolar disorder, attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorders, and anxiety disorders, including panic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
- SPED Child and Teen - Listing special needs workshops and resources in Greater Massachusetts. Including a 2009 camp listing.
- The National Institute for Twice Exceptionality (NITE) is a national resource for gifted students who have one or more disabilities (twice-exceptional) as well as a training center for parents, educators, counselors, and psychologists.
Recreation and Sports Education:
- A Recreational Resource Guide made available by the Fransciscan Hospital.
- Here is a letter from New England Sports Academy describing their programs for 2010.
Writing IEP Goals and Objectives:
- A comprehensive listing of potential IEP Goals
- A listing of IEP Goals related to language skills
- A good set of questions to consider when preparing for your IEP.
- A handy online tool to use throughout the IEP process.
- Sample IEPs and other matierials.
- This book sample contains some samples of Present Levels of Performance, Goals, and Objectives for IEPs.
- This Writeslaw article offers advice on how to write good IEP Goals and Objectives.
- Inclusive Schools Network
- Essential Best Practices in Inclusive Schools
- Inclusive Education: How Do You Know It If You See It?
Extended School Year Articles
- Presentation given by Cynthia Moore
- Good foundational article by Nissan Bar-Lev
- Determining ESY Services
- DOE Question and aswer guide
After School Activities
- For Jake’s Sake is a non-profit created to raise money and provide the ability for autistic children to access effective therapies their families otherwise could not afford.
- The Autism Aliance of MetroWest has lots of resources and programs available. Contact them to get on their mailing list.
- The Interactive Collaborative Autism Network (ICAN)
- Acing Autism provides tennis clinics to children with autism.
- Article: ASD Diagnosis: What Do We Tell the Kids?
- Open Gym hosted by the Autism Alliance
- This website is dedicated to providing developmentally-based, practical information and resources for children on the autism spectrum and to the people who support them. (It is also helpful to other developmental disabilities.)
- A useful article about telling your child about their Autism diagnosis.
- Sensory Processing Disorder Blog
- The Massachusetts Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (MABIDA) supports individuals who have dyslexia through sharing research and remediation techniques.
Executive Function Disorder and Attention Deficit Disorder / Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD):
- Notes and Resources on Executive Function Disorder.
- ADD/ADHD and special ed: Is ADHD a Disability? article on wrightslaw site.
- ADD/ADHD books page on wrightslaw site.
- National Resource Center on ADHD
- A documentary that focuses on stories and lives of diverse adolescents and families as they struggle with depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts.
Consumer Empowerment Funds:
- Documentation of and Application Form for Consumer Empowerment Funds for the Developmentally Disabled
- Two articles by Ann Palmer, one about transitions to middle school and the other about transition to college.
- A good article on bullying (New York Times).
- The eyes on bullying site.
- Bullying Intervention Resources from the DOE
- link to Dr. Englander's website on Bullying Resources
- Technical Assistance Advisory SPED 2011-2: Bullying Prevention and Intervention
- Needham School's Bullying Prevention Resources
- Walk a Mile in Their Shoes an article on Bullying and the Child with Special Needs.
Here are some articles and sites that may be useful: