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Special Needs Advocacy Resource Guide

Michelle Davis and Rich Weinfeld are co-founders of the ACB Weinfeld-Davis Advocacy Training Institute, which offers training and guidance to parents and professionals who work with special needs children. The institute has published a "Special Needs Advocacy Resource Guide" aimed at giving parents and professionals the educational information they need to ensure positive outcomes for their children.
"This book has a broad scope and addresses all sorts of special needs. It is an important educational tool not only for the parents and advocates of gifted children, but for those who seek to help any special needs child. The author's intention is to educate the people who act as advocates, whether they are paid consultants or concerned friends or parents."
The guide includes charts and lists, and will acquaint readers with potentially unfamiliar topics such as the Individuals with Disabilities Act. Source: BellaOnline.com.

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Parents Medication Guide

The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, in partnership with the American Psychiatric Association, has published the ADHD Parents Medication Guide intended to help parents navigate the sometimes confusing waters surrounding ADHD treatment.
"As a parent or guardian of a child or teenager diagnosed with ADHD, you may be aware of the debate surrounding the medication used to treat this condition. Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reviewed several research studies involving children and adolescents who were prescribed medication for ADHD and concluded that these medications are effective and that the risks associated with these medications are known and can be managed."
Some of the topics covered in the guide include "side effects & ADHD medication", "school & the child with ADHD" and even "unproven treatments".

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Group Helps Parents of ADHD Students Prepare for IEP Meetings

If your child has been diagnosed with ADHD, the American’s With Disabilities Act guarantees him an educational plan designed to meet his needs. Called an IEP (Individualized Educational Plan), parents and teachers meet to develop it together.

Some parents may  feel unprepared for such meetings, but the advocacy organization Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disoder (CHADD) has tools that can help.

“Take CHADD’s Parent to Parent classes online or in your local community and you will learn how to prepare for these meetings and develop a better plan for your child. Just as importantly, you will learn how to work with your child’s teacher once a plan is in place to make sure it is implemented successfully. Four hours of the course specifically address these all important school issues.” [Source: ADHD & Parenting Examiner]

The classes are available to CHADD members, and both membership and classes can be purchased at CHADD’s website.

Labels: education, schools, support, resources

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