School Issues

Autism Spectrum Disorders
Includes aides, preparing for school, visiting schools.

A Pocket Manual for Advocates star[offsite link]
Information and Resources for Lay Advocates This is a 56 page pdf document that covers truancy, homeschooling, due process, mediations, gifted and much more.

Classroom Visitation Checklist star
Here is a checklist of observations to note, and questions to ask of a prospective teacher while visiting classroom.

Communicating with the school star
Developing ways to communicate with teachers and therapists throughout the school year. Preparing for the new school year.

Easing Into a New School Year star
Easing into a new school year can be a difficult process for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Here are some tips to help parents collaborate with schools to help meet the needs of the students and encourage a cooperative relationship.

Educating Our Child With Asperger's star
Every child's educational needs are different. After years of frustration, our family finally found the best educational fit for our child with Asperger's Syndrome. In Part 1 of my article, I discuss the first few years of preschool and elementary school.

Education and Our Child With Asperger's star
Every child's educational needs are different. After years of frustration, our family finally found the best educational fit for our child with Asperger's Syndrome. In Part 2 of my article, I discuss our decision to seek alternative education for our son, and how we finally found success.

Extended School Year star
Covering what options there are for ESY and intersession for children on the Autism Spectrum.

Homeschooling star
Sharing the experience of using California Virtual Academy during the Middle School years for my high functioning son.

LAUSD has ruined our Middle School Preparations star
A parent can do all the preparations for the Middle School transition, but ultimatey one error within Los Angeles Unified School District brings it all to a screeching halt.

Preparation for a New School Year star
For parents of children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a new school year can bring up a mixed bag of emotions. Some early planning may help ease the fear and anxiety and pave the way for hope and excitement.

Prepare for Back to School Season with these products star
Here you will find a book review, video review and software review for those on the Autism Spectrum getting ready for the next school session. These are appropriate for various levels on the spectrum.

Preparing for School and the Bus star
My nonverbal son will be riding the bus for the first time to Middle School. These are some resources I am using to prepare us for this transition.

Questions relating to Toilet Training at School star
A list of questions to ask the teacher if they are implementing toilet training at school for a child on the Autism Spectrum.

Services Not Required star
When a child is diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), parents often assume there will be a multitude of resources available in the child's school system. This is not always the case, especially when the school determines services are not required.

The Changing Role Of The One To One Aide star
Exploring what it means to have an aide for a child on the autism spectrum.

The evolving Special Education Assistant star
How the role of the assistant to special education students has changed over the years.

Toilet Training Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum star
Sharing resources that will help guide families into implementing a toileting program for the older child with autism.

Transition Checklist star[offsite link]
PDF document for leaving Early Childhood (Early Intervention) and entering Kindergarten. Circle of Inclusion, University of Kansas

Transition Tips For High School star
Making the transition into high school for a special education student.

Transitioning Into Middle School star
Here are some tips based on our experience and resources as we prepare for this transition for my high functioning autistic son who is in general education.

Visiting Middle School Autism Classes star
Preparing for the middle school transition requires visiting various campuses while school is in session. Observe classes and ask questions.

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