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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School Psychology Awareness Week – November 13-17, 2017

The Multi-Talented School Psychologist “What would you like to do when you grow up?” This is a question often asked of children, particularly adolescents, as they start investigating fields of study or professions to pursue after high school. You’ve probably received all sorts of responses—some commonplace, and some out of the ordinary, or creative; but we’re still waiting for the day when a student responds, “I want to be a school psychologist.” School psychologists are often mistaken for school counselors,…

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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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