In October 2020, the US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) required the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to make several edits to these documents. A summary of changes for each of these two documents can be found on the “Updates” tab of the Legal Framework.
We hope you'll join us this week for our 5 part Facebook series on the Texas Autism Supplement. Texas regulations (TAC 89.1055) require ARD/IEP committees to consider eleven strategies for students with autism. Schools sometimes use the term “Autism Supplement” to refer to a form that they use at ARD/IEP meetings to address these strategies.
5 Questions to Start Conversations About Using Terms Like Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, and Dysgraphiakristina@partnerstx.org2019-05-20T11:46:30-05:00
Parents and educators may have different opinions about specific terms like dyslexia or more general terms like learning disabilities. Understanding these terms and agreeing on which to use can help prevent confusion and conflict.
Does your child struggle to block out background noise, follow conversations or pronounce words correctly? She may have an auditory processing disorder. Henry is fidgety and distractible during classroom activities, according to his second grade teacher. During gym class, he gets cranky and lashes out at classmates who “are yelling at me and telling me what to do.” His mother has noticed similar behaviors at home. When he’s doing homework, she says, “He uses every little sound as an excuse to delay getting down to work.” Even the dishwasher distracts him, despite the fact that the kitchen is on the other [...]
Educators, parents, and community members are invited to review draft updates to The Dyslexia Handbook: Procedures Concerning Dyslexia and Related Disorders (Dyslexia Handbook) and to provide specific feedback or recommendations to the Texas Education Agency (TEA). The draft updated handbook is available on the Dyslexia page of the TEA website, https://tea.texas.gov/academics/dyslexia/. Earlier this year, the State Board of Education (SBOE) tasked a committee with making recommendations for updates to The Dyslexia Handbook – Revised 2014: Procedures Concerning Dyslexia and Related Disorders (Dyslexia Handbook) to address recent legislative changes and to clarify processes regarding identification and services for students. The SBOE is scheduled [...]
Communication skills. How can parents encourage them in kids with special needs who are non-verbal? A post at Austisable (www.autisable.com) offers answers for parents asking that question. Communication Ideas for Parents The folks at Autisable asked speech experts to share their best tips for parents, and they came up with these seven suggestions. Although they are made with an eye towards kids with autism, they have value for kids with a variety of special needs. […]