Tips & Tools

504 or IEP? Which one is the right one?

In order to qualify for an IEP or 504 plan, a student must have a disability or condition that prevents him or her from making expected progress in the general education classroom. Both require some type of assessment, however the federal government does not provide funding for 504 plans like it does for special education programs. It is the responsibility of the general education setting to ensure that students are not discriminated against because of disability. The answer to the…

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5 Ways to Support Students with Executive Function Issues

We’ve been getting a lot of questions from teachers and Bay Area parents about how to help kids with executive functioning. Weaknesses in executive functioning are often found in both ADHD and specific learning disorders. Here’s our top 5 favorite strategies to help: 1. Visual checklists Children with executive functioning deficits often have challenges in independently following through with steps to complete a process. Too often, parents and teachers become student’s executive function manager, constantly telling them what to do and…

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7 Signs Your Child May Need A Psychological Evaluation for ADHD or a Learning Disorder

October is National Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Learning Disabilities month. How do you know when it’s time to seek an evaluation for ADHD or a learning disorder? We talk with many parents who are fearful that testing will lead to labeling and other negative consequences. The truth is, most parents are relieved when educational or behavioral challenges are uncovered. Here are 7 signs that your child may need an evaluation for ADHD or a learning disorder: Your son or daughter is…

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