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Special Education

Parent Page

By Susan Wulczyn


The Special Education Parent Group is excited to announce a partnership with the Lemont Public Library to develop a special collection of books and materials for students with special needs and their parents, siblings, and interested community members.  The original donation we received from the former Lemont chapter of CHADD was matched by an anonymous donor and the public library, bringing the total funds available to support this effort to over $1000.  Several members suggested book titles at one of our meetings, after which Donna Sifling (District Librarian) and representatives from the library built on these ideas and purchased a wonderful selection of contemporary books for this collection!  Thanks to everyone involved in this collaboration!  

The Lemont Public library will house this collection to maximize its accessibility to the public.  Stay tuned for more information about a Kick-Off Activity sponsored by the library...


The Special Education Parent Group will meet for a series of Parent Cafes hosted by our partners at the Illinois Autism Technical Assistance Project during the 2013-2014 school year.  Stay tuned for specific topics and dates, which will also be distributed to all parents of students with disabilities via e-mail.  If you would like to join the e-mail listserv, please contact Susan Wulczyn at swulczyn@sd113a.org.  


Early Childhood Parent events are BACK!  Several exciting events have been planned this year for Early Childhood children and their parents.  It's a great way to get to know the staff and your neighbors whose children also attend the Early Childhood program at the District.  Early Childhood parents should mark their calendars for the following dates:

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 -  Pizza Party

Thursday, December 5, 2013 -  Cookie Exchange 

Monday, February 10, 2014 - Valentine Craft Night 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014- Picnic

Times and places will be distributed to all EC parents.




Help for Parents:

Questions regarding the special education process are not uncommon.  While web sites and literature have the potential of providing  excellent information, your child in an individual.  If you have a question about your child’s school performance, it is best to start with his or her teacher since that person is most familiar with your child.  A frank and open conversation can go a long way toward building the collaborative relationships with teachers that augment your child’s success in school.  The next person to approach to help you to sort out what is happening with your child’s school performance is your child’s principal.  He/she has a broad view of the school and its functioning, and a wealth of experience with children from many different classrooms and backgrounds; additionally. your child may be known to him/her in a different way or across a number of school years.

If you have general questions about the special education process or would like to talk further about your child, please feel free to contact the Lemont-Bromberek CSD 113A Director of Student Services at any time (Susan Wulczyn at swulczyn@sd113a.org or 630-257-2286 ext. 4611).


The web sites linked below provide further information for parents:


New Parents’ Guide- everything you ever wanted to know about special education in Illinois- a great, easy-to-access resource for all the  basics:


This guide was recently released and is quite user-friendly.  The table of contents is available if you scroll down, and it will allow you to link  directly to the area of your inquiry.


Procedural Safeguards:



Extended School Year (ESY) for Students with Disabilities:


Guidance document from ISBE:






For more information about Response to Intervention for academics at District 113a, please see the District RTI plan and parent  resources on our website:




Illinois Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)


This is the first tier of Response to Intervention for behavioral issues.  


PARENT HOME PAGE of ISBE’s Special Education section:offers links to a variety of specific departments that address parents’  questions:


This tends to address legal issues and can be used in conjunction with the Parents’ Guide (linked above), which offers a practical  understanding of the special education process.



Helpful general resources include the following:


http://www.rainbows.org/  – resources for children who are managing grief from trauma, loss, or other emotional upheavals


Parenting with Love and Logic: Teaching Children Responsibility by Foster W. Cline and Jim Fay


The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder, Revised Edition by Carol Kranowitz and Lucy Jane  Miller (Paperback - April 4, 2006)


The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun, Revised Edition: Activities for Kids with Sensory Processing Disorder by Carol Kranowitz


“The Medicated Child,” a PBS presentation regarding children and medication..

http://illinoisparents.crc.uiuc.edu/stateres.html a myriad of resources for the families of students in Illinois

http://www.cfw.tufts.edu/- This site published by Tufts University is a family-friendly resource guide regarding child development, parenting  issues, school issues, etc.  Each search links to other “expert reviewed” sites.

http://www.isbe.net/spec-ed/html/parents.htmISBE’s website for parents of students with disabilities 


Resources for parents with children who have Learning Disabilities:


 http://www.ldonline.org/parents - the parent page dedicated to supporting students with learning disabilities and ADHD


http://www.childdevelopmentinfo.com/learning/learning_disabilities.shtml This sensitive description of warning signs also offers pointers to  parents of children with learning disabilities

http://www.ldail.org/  Illinois chapter of the national Learning Disability Association


Resources for parents with children who have Other Health Impairments:


http://www.cec.sped.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Other_Health_Impaired&Template=/TaggedPage/TaggedPageDisplay.cfm&TPLID=37&ContentID=5631 - This website contains direct links to a wide range of helpful sites for parents of students with Other Health  Impairments including ADHD,  Prader-Willi Syndrome, Epilepsy, Williams Syndrome , Multiple Sclerosis - MS for parents,  Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, and more.



Resources for parents of children with ADHD

http://www.iassw.org/Link-ADD_ADHD.htmIllinois Association of School Social Workers’ resource guide for parents of students with ADHD

http://www.smartkidswithld.org/parent resource for helping kids with ADHD

http://www.ldonline.org/parents - the parent page dedicated to supporting students with learning disabilities and ADHD



Resources for parents with children who have Emotional Disabilities:


http://www.aacap.org/cs/root/facts_for_families/facts_for_families - facts for families are included in several languages including Spanish,  Polish, Urdu, Arabic, and Malaysian.


http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/child-and-adolescent-mental-health/index.shtml - general resource about child and adolescent mental  health


http://www.aacap.org/cs/forFamilies-  great general resource for families regarding child psychiatric and mental health conditions



Resources for parents with children on the Autism Spectrum






The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Aspergers by Temple Grandin.


Visual Strategies for Improving Communications: Practical supports for Home and School by Linda A Hodgdorn

http://autism.pbisillinois.org/  Illinois Autism Training an Technical Assistance Project-Many District 113a staff members have been trained  and continue to use the services of this project

http://autismillinois.org/Illinois Autism society that provides resources and advocacy for families living with autism

http://www.aspennj.org/ national resource for individuals managing Asperger Syndrome




Resources for parents with children who have Speech/Language Impairments:


http://www.speech-language-development.com/index.html - helpful information for parents about what to look for in children’s  speech/language development


http://www.asha.org/public- national organization dedicated to support for students with communications disorders


Resources for parents with children who experience deafness or impaired hearing:


http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/  informative site that includes research and health information


http://www.raisingdeafkids.org/ - support for parents who are raising deaf children



Resources for parents with a child who has a cognitive disability:


http://www.nads.org/pages_new/new_parents.html  This website offers support for those in the Chicago area and refers interested readers to many further resources.



http://www.kumc.edu/gec/support/down_syn.html National and local resources for parents and other information seekers


http://www.wrightslaw.com/-special education advocacy for parents

You are welcome to contact your child’s teacher for suggestions of other books/resources for helping you with the responsibilities of parenting.  In addition, our special education cooperative (Southwest Cook County Cooperative, linked off the Student Services tab) offers parent and teacher resources through their library systems.

Again, your comments and additions will be most appreciated!  Feel free to contact Susan Wulczyn at swulczyn@sd113a.org or 630-257-2286 ext. 4611.







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