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Autism Tank Blog

Autism resources and support from a special education teacher and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with first-hand experience.

A new school year means a new grade, new teachers, new goals, and maybe even a new school! In order to help you and your child with special needs be as successful as you can be, we’ve put together a list of eight helpful back-to-school tips that we hope will make the transition into a new school year a little easier for you and your child.

File Folder Heaven: Autism Tasks

Hands-on, visually structured learning materials for students with Autism, or any early learners.

SD Parental Rights and Procedural Safegaurds

Education is one of the most important responsibilities a parent has when raising a child. Special education services may be available as an option for parents when their children are struggling with learning because of a disability. If you see your child struggling academically, socially or emotionally, you are encouraged to work with school personnel to determine ways to help your child. There are numerous ways to make changes to the learning environment that will help children learn effectively. Special education is one of those ways. Not all children who struggle in school are eligible for special education services, if your child is struggling; it is beneficial to work with school staff.  

The purpose of the SD Parental Rights and Procedural Safeguards document is to provide you with important basic information regarding your rights as a parent of a child with a disability in South Dakota. Please review carefully. This is not intended as a full explanation of your legal rights and/or responsibilities under state and federal special education law.  If you have questions or need assistance in understanding the state’s special education rules, contact any of the organizations listed at the end of the document, or your local school district’s superintendent and/or designee.

Why is this Cake on Fire? Inviting Students into the IEP Process 
Imagine being a small child and hearing your parents talk about your birthday party. You hear the excitement in their voices as they talk and plan, starting with a theme for the party, deciding whom they will invite, and then figuring out who will do each job. As the time draws closer, you hear more and more conversations about your birthday party, and so you know it is coming soon. And then your birthday comes and goes, but no one ever invites you to your party. Maybe they just forgot to invite me, you think. 


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