Special Education Parent Page

By Susan Wulczyn

Special Education Parent Group:

The Special Education Parent Group meets on a regular basis.  Topics for discussion are developed annually according to need. We have a very active group you are welcome to join!  Childcare is provided.  Meetings are held at 6 PM unless otherwise noted.  

Meetings for the '17-'18 school year will be held on the following dates:

  • Thursday, September 21 at River Valley -Homework Help!
  • Wedneseday, November 1- Old Quarry- Parent Support group
  • Tuesday, January 30- Old Quarry- Parent Support group
  • Tuesday, February 13- 5:30- LPD- Event with the Lemont Police
  • Tuesday, March 6- Old Quarry- Parent Support group
  • Thursday, April 12- Annual Family Pizza and learning (TBD)

Save the following dates for exciting family events:

  • Tuesday, February 13th- event with the Lemont Police Department
  • Thursday, April 12th- Annual Family Pizza and learning opportunity

In addition to these scheduled meetings, we hold short topic presentations as needs arise. Should you want to suggest particular topics, please contact Susan Wulczyn. Thanks to everyone involved in this collaboration!

If you do not currently receive the special education parent updates and would like to join the email listserv, please contact Susan Wulczyn via email.

Early Childhood Parent events will include our new Learning Friends this year. These casual events provide a great way to get to know the staff and your neighbors whose children also attend our programs for preschool children at the District. Please mark your calendars for the following dates; time will be distributed with invitations:

  • Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - Early Childhood pizza night
  • Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - Parent Education
  • Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - Cookie and activity night
  • Tuesday, February13, 2018- Collaboration with the Lemont Police Department - fun for all!
  • Tuesday, February 27, 2018- Parent Education
  • Thursday, May 17, 2018 - End-of-the-year picnic

Times and places will be distributed to all parents.

Help for Parents:

Questions regarding the special education process are not uncommon. While websites and literature have the potential of providing  excellent information, your child is an individual. If you have a question about your child’s school performance, it is best to start with his or her teacher; he/she 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 or assistant 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 via email or 630-257-2286 ext. 4611).

The websites linked below are intended to provide further information for parents.

Inclusion does not signify endorsement of any particular organization; nor does exclusion represent lack of endorsement.

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

https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Special-Education-Parent-Rights.aspx

This guide 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:

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/nc_proc_sfgrds_34-57j.pdf

Extended School Year (ESY) for Students with Disabilities:

Guidance document from ISBE:

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/memo_esy_01.pdf

Response to Intervention:

Academics:

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

http://www.sd113a.org/academics/response-to-intervention

Behaviors:

Illinois Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

http://www.pbisillinois.org/

Parent Home Page of ISBE’s Special Education section: offers links to a variety of specific departments that address parents’ questions:

https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Special-Education-Parents-of-Students-with-Disabilities.aspx

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

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.

https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Special-Education-Parents-of-Students-with-Disabilities.aspx - ISBE’s website for parents of students with disabilities

Resources for parents with children who have Learning Disabilities:

http://www.isbe.net/spec-ed/html/dyslexia.htm - This ISBE site offers a plethora of information about reading interventions, best practice, and more.

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

Resources for parents with children on the Autism Spectrum

http://www.autismspeaks.org

http://www.autismfamilyonline.com

http://www.autismweb.com

The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger's 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

http://www.childrensmemorial.org/depts/rehab/resources.aspx

Resources for parents with a child who has an intellectual disability:

http://www.gigisplayhouse.org - a local support for families of children with Down Syndrome

http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/dd/ddmr.htm - Facts about Intellectual Disabilities

Special Education Advocacy:

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 via email or 630-257-2286 ext. 4611.