Recently, in a RESPECT training, I met a new attorney who just hung her sign in the Des Moines area. She is a member of the RESPECT training in Des Moines, and is available to support parents when legal challenges may arise with the needs of a child conflict with the services the public school system provides or is willing to provide. I was excited to interview her and relay the information to the FIND audience.
Q1: Tell us a bit about yourself, including what drew you to the…Continue
All IEP team members can benefit from training in communication that results in a more effective IEP/504/IFSP or other individual service plan meeting. Recognizing Everyones' Strengths through Peacebuilding, Empathy, Communication, and Trustbuilding (RESPECT) is a four day training that is focused on building skills in deep listening, connecting with team members, and communicating in a way that benefits the services provided to the student.
Instruction is a combination of several…Continue
In 2008, 1 in every 88 children, age 8, was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). That statistic jumped to 1 in every 68 in the 2012 statistics reported by the Center for Disease and Control (CDC). In addition, for each girl diagnosed with ASD four boys are diagnosed. Caucasian children are diagnosed at a higher rate than non-Hispanic and Black subgroups, and of those diagnosed children, age 8, reported by the CDC, 53% have an IQ below the average range. Now I am not necessarily a…Continue
Four young ladies represented Iowa at the National Braille Challenge in Los Angeles this past weekend. The ladies were four of sixty who competed in different age groups (of over 1,000 kids in the nation who tested in regional rounds earlier this spring). Iowa was represented by Lauren Thomson and Alyssa Townsend at the junior varsity level and Anabelle Costanzo and Beth Rouse at the varsity level. Alyssa and Anabelle placed third in their respective age categories and received cash prizes.…Continue