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Navigating IEPs: Setting Expectations for the Public School Setting

 [Disclaimer: The following content is intended to provide helpful insights only. Positive Behavioral Connections does not present itself as an advocate for you or your child during the IEP development process.] If you have a child with autism, at some point you will likely need to create an Individualized Education Program, or IEP. The IEP is a legally-binding contract between you and your child’s school that identifies the specific special education services the school will provide for your child. However, sometimes there can be a gap between the services you seek and the services the school wants or is able…

The Shadow Debate: Is Shadowing Right for My Child?

Sending any child to school can be a stressful time for parents. How will he or she get along with the other children? How will he or she react to the order and discipline imposed by someone other than mom or dad? These questions – and many others – can loom even larger for the parents of a child diagnosed on the autism spectrum, which is why many may consider the possibility of a shadow, or helper, for their child during the school day.   But is a shadow at school the right option for every child?   Consider both…

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