Having worked in Special Education for so long, I have been asked many times, “What’s the difference between 504 and Special Education?”. And I’m excited since this topic will allow me to delve into both. Also, this post may be a little heavier with legal terms and laws, so here is my obligatory glossary and disclaimer: Sped Acronyms and Glossary of Terms. As usual, please remember this is based on my experiences in Texas and Louisiana. Laws can change (it’s been over 5 year
If you have a learner that has behavioral concerns, this post may be for you. As I’ve stated in previous blog posts, there are a plethora of acronyms and verbiage that we use in this profession and forget that parents don’t always understand. So let’s start at the beginning and discuss those annoying, but necessary, acronyms. FBA stands for Functional Behavior Assessment. There are a few steps to this process, the first of which starts with identifying the problem behavior.
Regression is a concerning problem that parents may not be aware of, let alone realize it’s impacting their learner. In school terms, it’s when a student seems to have forgotten what they may have learned previously and is unable to recoup said skills after a couple of weeks of instruction. This typically shows up during longer breaks like summer, winter holidays, and spring break. Learners in special needs classrooms seem to be more susceptible to this and special education
Once again, a current client of mine inspired this post. There seems to be a lot of confusion among parents and misunderstanding of STAAR Alt or the state’s alternative testing option. Obviously, this post will be focused on Texas’ STAAR Alt test, but if you need help from your state please reach out to someone from your school or district. AS usual, I’m attaching this document, just in case someone needs to reference any acronyms or isn’t sure what I’m referring to Sped Acr
I want to apologize, this post should have been out about two weeks ago. However, due to the winter storm and all of the unforeseen damage that came with it, I have been a little behind. But here it is, so enjoy! When I sat down to write this post, I wasn’t sure where to start. Least Restrictive Environment (wanting to educate the student in question to the maximum extent with non-disabled peers) seems like an easy enough term to follow, but my job as a SPED teacher has alw
I’m attaching this document, just in case someone needs to reference any acronyms or isn’t sure what I’m referring to Sped Acronyms and Glossary of Terms. Obligatory disclaimer, as usual, please remember this is based on my experiences in Texas and Louisiana. Laws can change so make sure you are referring to your district's and state’s policies and procedures. So as I’m moving into advocacy, I’ve had a few clients that seem to be confused as to what paperwork they should have
This will be a fairly short entry since I’ll only be discussing the differences between modifications and accommodations. However, it is an important distinction, especially when you get into differences between 504 and Special Education (more about this in a post soon!). Basically, the accommodations will change HOW the students learn the material, and modifications change WHAT they are learning. If a student is on a 504 plan for ADD or ADHD for example, they may just need
As an educator for over 10 years, I have seen so many parents (friends and family included) stress about their child not doing well and question whether their child should be tested for Special Education services. Questions like “What should I expect from Special Education services?” and “Is this the best choice for them?” always come up so today I’m here to help answer those questions, and hopefully, manage your expectations. First, in this initial post, I want to prepare y