Anna Stewart is a family advocate, writer, speaker, facilitator and single mother of 3 unique kids. She is passionate about helping families learn to advocate WITH their children and teens and supporting those with AD/HD. Anna is the author of School Support for Students with AD/HD.
In part one of this article, we covered the first three Things to Do before Your Next IEP meeting. The important first question is “Where do you want to go?” I asked you to sit down and write out what you want for your child -- both your big dreams for their futures as well as what... Read more »
Parents enter the IEP (Individualized Education Plan) process full of hope and fear. It’s a foreign land with its own language, laws and culture. The process is not intuitive; it doesn’t feel natural. We don’t parent our children with boxes to check that say: "present levels of performance"; "identifying academic and functional needs"; "developing goals... Read more »
“If I didn’t put his homework in his folder, put the folder in his backpack and ask the teacher to get him to take it out, he would never turn in any homework,” says a mother of a son with ADHD.
“I have to sit right with her to get her to do her homework. It... Read more »
“Can we talk about Daniel,” you say to your child’s teacher, a knot of fear in your belly. “He’s starting to say that he hates school and it’s stupid.”
“I wanted to talk to you, too,” the teacher says. “Daniel's behavior in class and on the playground is very concerning.”
Now that knot is in your throat... Read more »
The classmates of third grader Mikayla at Lower Nazareth Elementary School in Nazareth, Pennsylvania wrote and illustrated a book called Our Friend Mikayla. This is not a pity book. It is an honest account of how a group of nine-year-olds discovered that at our core, we are more alike than different. On the first... Read more »
A parent new to my hometown commented that she thought that all the school buildings and particularly the high schools had a very closed feeling. “It’s like they are meant to contain the students. Some look more like a prison than a place of learning.”
Ironically (or not) some of the schools were designed by architects... Read more »
In every classroom in America, there are students who receive special education services. Most students deal with issues such as AD/HD, learning disabilities or autism. It really is another kind of diversity. According to the U.S. Department of Education, 12.8 percent of the nation’s K-12 students had disabilities in 2008-09. Most only get one or... Read more »
One of the secrets about children with special needs is that they are often held to a different standard of behavior. It seems that once they get a label -- AD/HD, OCD, Autism or ED (Emotional Disability) that they cease being a child and become the label. School staff often has much less tolerance for typical... Read more »
“My son doesn’t want anyone to know he has ADHD,” a worried mom confides to me on the phone. “So he never asks the teacher for help. But he’s going into 8th grade next year and the work is getting more challenging and he often has no idea what he is supposed to be doing.”... Read more »
Whenever I see a used copy of one of the Hank Zipzer chapter books, I grab it. I loan them out often, and rarely get them back. But that’s OK. They are doing their work. Hank Zipzer is a series written by Henry Winkler (yes, the Fonz) and Lin Oliver about a boy, Hank, who... Read more »