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Blog -- Confessions of the Chromosomally Enhanced

The chromosomally enhanced life is not without its challenges, but the rewards are rich beyond compare. (Entertaining perspectives on life with Down syndrome. The author has a grown sister and a young daughter that is "chromosomally enhanced".)

Blog -- Even When Your Kid Has Special Needs , Sometimes You Gotta Back Off and Let Them Make Their Own Choices

ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson is the mother of two free-spirited, strong-willed girls and has a husband who should be appointed a saint for co-existing in the madness that is their life. She writes on politics, education, current events and social justice. She is also a taco enthusiast, a proud member of the Bey-hive, and truly believes that she will be receiving her letter from Hogwarts any day now.  

download Executive Function 101

What’s going on in your child’s brain? Improve your understanding of learning and attention issues and executive function. In it, you’ll also find tips on how to help your child with executive function — related difficulties — including lack of motivation and trouble with thinking flexibly. (NCLD.org)

download Executive Function Around the Clock

This thorough graphic walks you through a day in the life of a school-age student who struggles with executive function. You’ll see how difficulties with organizing, prioritizing, flexible thinking and more cause trouble throughout the day — in school, at home and at play. (NCLD.org)

download Autism Speaks First 100 day Kit

A tool kit to assist families in getting the critical information they need in the first 100 days after an autism diagnosis.

download Preparing for Parent/Teacher Conferences

Preparing for a Parent-Teacher-Student Conference. To be sure you go away from a parent-teacher-student conference with all of the information you want, consider the following suggestions in the attached document.

download Discussing Your Child's Report Card

Discussing Your Child�s Report Card
A report card is one way teachers communicate with parents and students. The report card is the teacher�s appraisal of the student�s work for the past grading period. The following tips may be helpful to parents in discussing a child�s report card with the child.

download Opening the Door to Learning! -- Literacy is a Family Affair

Literacy is not just learned in school; it's learned everywhere. Students can learn about literacy from reading subway signs and cereal boxes to listening to family stories in their home languages and exploring the Internet.

download Parent Partnerships!

A list in ranking order of the 28 factors that affect learning was published by Temple University's Center for Research in Human Development and Education in A Synthesis of Research: What Helps Students Learn? On that list, home environment and parent support ranks 4th. In Dr. Sam Redding's work, Parents and Learning, identifiable patterns of family life and their relationship to a child's ability to learn in school are discussed specifically. From this research we can conclude that some of the most beneficial practices in parent involvement happen at home and, in turn, become evidenced in the classroom - making parent partnerships an essential part of the equation for student success.

download Parent Teacher Conferences Tip Sheets!

Harvard Research Project:Parent Teacher Conference Tip Sheets for Principals, Teachers, and Parents.

download Steps to Success Communicating With Your Child's School

This brochure offers specific communication skills that may be helpful to parents as they develop and maintain partnerships with their child's school. Developed in partnership with the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY).