Supporting Your Child’s Learning Style

Supporting Your Child’s Learning Style A Guest Post By Beth Ann Balalaos, LICM4All Coordinator Long Island Children’s Museum Each and every child has a learning style that suits them best. Whether your child benefits from learning visually, logically, physically, or verbally, there are different ways you can help your child learn in the most positive way possible. Your Child In School Ask your child’s teachers about how your child learns best. If your child is not yet in school, you can research Howard Gardner’s Multiple-Intelligences. According to Howard Gardner, there are 7 types of intelligences that identify the way a … Continue reading

Basic Special Ed. Law Terms Every Parent Needs to Know

When it comes to educating your special needs children, you have certain legal rights and knowing basic terms is important. You’ll be impacted by two Federal laws; the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (“IDEA”) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The two statutes confer different rights. The IDEA is a Federal statute protecting children from birth until high school graduation or age 21, whichever is sooner. State implementation of the IDEA is overseen by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs The trigger is a disability that adversely impacts learning, the way a … Continue reading

Building A Healthy & Happy Lifestyle: Sports & Recreation For Children With Special Needs

Building A Healthy & Happy Lifestyle: Sports & Recreation For Children With Special Needs Studies have shown that children with special needs face the same obesity risks as other children but have a larger set of factors that affect and may limit the types of foods they eat or activities they participate in. Some of these factors include: Having a more complex relationship with food Barriers to Exercise Medications Family Stress Genetic Disorders Perceived Risk of Participating In Too “Difficult” or Too “Dangerous” Activities These barriers are tough to break but are important to help children with special needs learn … Continue reading

What Government Benefits Are Available for Special Needs?

There are various government programs to support children, young people, and adults with special needs. Qualifying for benefit programs may be complex but will greatly aid the care of your disabled child, even after you are gone. Relevant Legislation In addition to providing special needs programs, the Americans with Disabilities Act ensures proper treatment and equal opportunity for the disabled. If you feel like your public buildings or schools fall short of your child’s needs, contact the U.S. Department of Justice. According to regulation, the following government agencies provide equal opportunity to those with disabilities: Employment Transportation Telephone Relay Service … Continue reading

Am I My Child’s Guardian?

Parents assume that they are the legal guardians for their children, that they are responsible for their child’s welfare, can defend their child’s rights, advocate for their child and make medical decisions for their child. Parents can do all of these things until their child reaches the age of majority—18 in New York State. Every person is regarded as a legal adult upon reaching the age of 18 whether or not there is an intellectual or developmental disability. If a parent feels that his or her child cannot take responsibility for his or her personal, financial, life decisions or legal … Continue reading

Special Needs Resources Come To Your Town

As one of the founders of Special Needs Expos, Inc. I figured I would write our first blog post.  I’m often asked, how did this whole idea come to fruition?  I am financial planner by trade (President and CEO of Wexford Financial Strategies) and one of only a few hundred Chartered Special Needs Consultants in the country.  One of my specialties is working on helping families plan for the future who have children or loved ones with special needs. I was witnessing a common theme amongst my clients who didn’t know where to turn for resources for their loved ones.  … Continue reading