What Does FAPE Mean?

FAPE stands for Free and Appropriate Public Education.  Under United States law, students with disabilities ages three to twenty-one are entitled to a Free and Appropriate Public Education.  What does this mean?

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AG Bell 2012: Saturday Concurrent Sessions

In this post: Fathers Parenting a Child with Hearing Loss, Remaining Vigilant for Today’s Children with Hearing Loss, and 60 Minute Session How to Be Effective.

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Phonological Awareness for Children with Hearing Loss

Phonological Awareness is the ability to detectidentify, and manipulate sounds and syllables in words.

Phonological Awareness skills are CRUCIAL predictors of a child’s reading success.

Children with hearing loss CAN develop phonological skills through listening.

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Your IFSP/IEP Tool Kit

The process of preparing an Individual Family Service Plan (ages birth to three) or an Individualized Education Plan (ages three to twenty-one), can be a nerve-wracking process for even the most resilient parent of a child with hearing loss.  These meetings can be stressful, emotional, painful, confrontational… and good.  While there are many factors that may be out of your control, there are also quite a few things that you, as the parent, can do to build the strongest case for what your child needs.

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Advanced Reading Comprehension

If your child has mastered foundational listening and spoken language skills and is good at early reading comprehension, it’s time to take the task away from parent/teacher/therapist-read stories and to give the child tools for independent reading and comprehension of more complex written information.

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Dominican Republic 2011: Part II

On day two at the school, I started by learning some great new songs that I can’t wait to bring back and modify for English speakers!  Then, I observed a reading lesson.  It was very clear to me how much the teachers cared for their students, but it was equally clear that there are many factors stacked against them in their quest to teach these students to listen and talk.

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Spice Up Your IEPs with SALSAS

Writing goals for a child’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) can be stressful.  This document, which is legally binding, spells out the child’s goals for the year.  While it can be changed and altered as needed, the process of doing so can be time-consuming and difficult.  How can you make sure you’ve written a comprehensive, appropriate IEP for your child or student?  I’ve thought about this questions for a while, and then it came to me… SALSAS!

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