Special Services

Understanding Special Education

You've heard the term "special education," but what exactly is it? Learn how special education can h…

The Difference Between IEPs and 504 Plans

Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and 504 plans are similar but different. See how they compa…

FAQs About RTI

Read FAQs about RTI for children with learning and attention issues. Learn about response to interve…

Understanding IEPs

An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is a written education plan designed to meet a child's lea…

9 Tips to Help Military Families Navigate the System

Navigating the special education system can be a little more complex for military families. Here are…

IEP and Special Education Terms

There are lots of terms and acronyms used in the IEP and special education process. Explore this lis…

504 Plan Terms to Know

If you're reading or looking at a 504 plan, there are some key terms you'll want to learn. Here's a …

Least Restrictive Environment (LRE): What You Need to Know

Least restrictive environment, or LRE, is an important part of your child's IEP. Understand more abo…

Checklist: 10 Things Your ELL’s School Needs to Know

To help your English language learner (ELL), the school needs to understand your child's language ba…

IEP Roadmap: How Kids Get Special Education

How does a student get an IEP? This flowchart boils down the IEP process to a few key questions. See…

Does My Child Need to Be Evaluated to Get a 504 Plan?

Do kids need to be formally evaluated to get a 504 plan? An expert says yes, explaining why a medica…

504 Plans: 5 Common Pitfalls

Parents often miss (or misunderstand) some of the key steps in developing and monitoring their child…

7 Questions About Testing English Language Learners for Learning Disabilities

English language learners are less likely than native English speakers to get an accurate and timely…

5 Common Misconceptions About IEPs

There are so many myths about the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process. Here we debunk the…

7 Tips for a Productive 504 Meeting

Does your child have a 504 plan? Try these tips to boost the odds of having a productive Section 504…

Setting Annual IEP Goals: What You Need to Know

Learn about annual IEP goals for your child with a learning or attention issue. Learn about Individu…

Special Education Services in Military DoDEA Schools

Special education services for military families are similar to those in public school. Read about I…

Getting an IEP for Your Teen

You might think an IEP is only for young kids. Not so! In fact, IEPs have unique and important benef…

Getting an IEP for Your Very Young Child

Even before your child enters elementary school, there are ways to get an IEP and special education …

IEP Transition Planning: Preparing for Young Adulthood

Read about transition planning for students with disabilities. Learn what's involved and how an IEP …