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Host Marti

Welcome to the Special Needs board!

I just wanted to welcome everyone to our new and improved boards.  I think that everyone will love the new updated boards, they are so easy to navigate and to read. 
I am Marti and I will be here to help you with any questions you might have and to enjoy the boards with you!  Please let me know any suggestions or feedback you might have.  If there are any great boards we should add, I would love to hear what you think.
Again, welcome and I look forward to getting to know everyone soon.

val_cowper's picture

Hello, I was wondering if I may add to this by letting parents know about our website for special needs children and adults? I love chatting with parents about these children and their needs.I also have a daughter with CP who is one of my many joys in my life.I would gladly come on here and chat with other moms and dads even if it is only to brighten their day!


Take care, Val

huchyma's picture

hi to eveyone ,



kind kez

momwulf's picture

hi there,

glad to hear you are finding good treatement with the meds!!  i have asister who suffers from OCD, and anxiety /panic disorders and who has a 4th grader who suffers from those as well as learning disablities and social phobias.  i am in the search to find out info on what others are diong about schooling.  my neice does not fare well in traditional/mainstream schools.  i have suggested Montessorri to my sisiter but not considering it.  My sister is extrememly judgemental and does not look to seek out therapy or interested in any medication for her child.  how can i be hlepful to her?  How do your children fare at school and how do you cope with learning difficulties if they exist for you?  any contrbution you may have is welcomed.  thanks



raji's picture


actually i'm not a parent but a special educator dealing with children with learning disabilities..i went through your website..and i must say it's AMAZING!! please keep up the good work..i have found solutions to many of my problems in dealing with special kids on your website...thanx a lot!!

i just wanted to know if it is ok for me to discuss or post qny queries related to teaching dyslexic kids...if it is, kindly try to give me some suggestions regarding my problem..

the problem is:

i work in India in a school..i have identified kids with LD and have now put them on remediation..the point is i get very limited time with them..since our school is an integrated set-up, i pull out these kids during physical education or music classes or take them after school..i have put many of them on a reading and spelling program, but these kids also need to consolidate their math concepts, many a times they require a re-explanation of science concepts..i try to do it many times but then their reading and spelling instruction suffers..transfer of the learnt skills into the curriculum takes a long time...i have tried integrating the two..but with the limited time i have, i have not been able to see any concrete results...

please do i go about this?

thanks once again


Luisa's picture

My son, who is turning five this year, has special needs that include a medical condition with overall delays, specially in speech. It's been very difficult to find him an appropriate school (public or private) in New York since he has such a combination of needs. He needs a nurse for feeding but other than that, he can walk and run and play with his mates. He seems to have great learning potential and is very, very social. He needs extra support to keep attention and, of course, a fair amount of therapy because he was very sick as a baby and functions about 1.5 year behind.
We would like to try an inclusion system for him but there are almost none in the city. Does anyone have a suggestion about which avenues to look for (the schools that have more functioning special ed kids say he is too delayed and the schools that take him have children that are much more impaired than he is). I heard some charter schools have special education programs. Does anyone know anything about them?


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Hi,my name is Melissa.  I am a student in the special education class at SIC via internet.  One of my assignments is to ask some parents if they could reflect on some of the issues they had to contend with at their childs school working in collaboration between educators and family regarding their childs special needs.

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I am new to this site and am looking for some information from parents to help me with a school project.  First a little info about myself....I am a senior at Southern Illinois University taking a class about students with special needs.  I start my student teaching this fall, so any replies would be extremely beneficial to my professional growth.  I would like to talk to anybody willing about the importance of the relationship between the teacher and parents of an individual with special needs. Also I realize that being a caregiver can be rewarding and stressful at the same time.  What effects does your child with disabilities have on the ENTIRE family? In what ways does this impact your family?  What is the most difficult part for your family?  Also, what would you consider the most difficult part in dealing with teachers and schools?  What has been the most helpful in dealing with the schools?  Any ways to improve?  Thank you for any ideas you can share with me. 


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I have been a special ed teacher for many years.  My best advice to you at this time is that it is better for your son to be the "brightest" one in the class than always struggling to keep up with others.  At his age it is all about just getting ready for formal schooling.  Put him in a class with kids who may be a little lower functioning than he is and let him get used to being in school.  I teach pre-k right now and our biggest concern is not the students special needs as much as it is socializing them and getting them used to following a schedule, learning where things are on the school campus, how to act in the cafeteria, etc.  Many parents of children with special needs make the mistake of believing if their child is smart in school they should be in a general education class.  Just think about this: In a gen. ed. class your child may be one of 25 or even 30 students.  The teacher in this class will most likely have little or no training in special ed. needs.  The pace in these classes moves very quickly and often students with special needs need a longer response time to answer questions verbally or write them down.  And let's face it, kids can be mean to peers who are not "normal".  If your son stays in a special needs class it will be smaller so he can get the attention and help he needs, the teacher will have experience and know many ways to assist and teach him, he will be like the other kids in the class and won't get teased, the teacher will know how to collaborate with therapists, nurses and others who work with your son.  Even if the other students may be functioning at a lower level than your son, because he is young and just starting school I would give it a try and if he truley is in the wrong class the teacher will know this and when you have his annual IEP you can decide as a team where the best placement is for him.  Many times after Kindergarten, placement becomes much more clear.  Often students can be mainstreamed for one or two subjects during the day but maintain the special ed. class as their home-class.  Hope this helps and doesn't confuse you more.

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Hi Marti and Everybody:

I'm not a parent myself, but I am the third oldest of eight children. Four of my brothers are mentally handicapped (one of them passed away seven years ago).

As for me, back in the 60's, I went to a regular public school up until the fourth grade because of emotional problems. I was always either crying and carrying on in class, as well as yelling at the teachers. Although  my parents sent my brothers and my sister to Catholic school, they chose to send me to public school for first grade because at that time, there was this very strict nun there, and my mother didn't think that she (the nun) would be very understanding. Her two neighbor's daugthers had this nun, and the nun flunked one of them.

After fourth grade, I went on to special education school, which to me was the best. The classes were smaller, and you got individual attention.  Of course, back in the 60's, there were no special education programs in the public schools. My mother was right about one thing: I couldn't take the pressure of a big class, and if I had gone on to high school, I don't think I would have made it.

In my opinion, regular school teachers are neither trained for, nor have the time, to deal with special needs students, and not every child can learn at the same level.  Don't get me wrong now; I'm bright and intelligent, but I was  better off in a smaller class in special education school. As the years went  by, I was more well-behaved in class and I had more respect for the teachers.

angel22's picture

I need help with putting my child in public or christ school could you help me.