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Friday, August 19, 2016

Getting your child ready for Fall Sports Season

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Summer is usually a season reserved for relaxation, especially for school-aged children who are not yet old enough to work.  These kids, no doubt, enjoy the chance to spend summer days lounging with their friends by the pool or at the beach.  Though summer is synonymous with R&R, parents of young athletes who plan on playing sports once the school year revs up need to take steps to ensure their kids aren't at risk of injury once they blow the whistle on the sports season. 

  • Examine and replace equipment if necessary.  The right equipment can protect children from injuries.  Damaged or outdated equipment should be replaced.  Also, get those feet measured.  Kids feet grow yearly until they hit year 16 or 17 on average. 
  • Schedule a physical for your child.  It's never a bad idea to make sure your child is in top physical shape and ready for the physical toll their upcoming sport will take on their bodies.  Getting a physical will give you piece of mind that your child is physically prepared to compete.
  • Let kids heal.  Kids schedules are busier than every these days.  Many kids play multiple sports during the school year.  Summer is the time to let their bodies heal and not overdo things.  Stay is shape of course, but save something for when the games really count.
  • Gradually get back in the swing of things.  It's good to practice your sport and gradually gear up to when the games are live.  Exercising is a good way to gradually gear up.
  • Speak with coaches.  Coaches can be great assets to parents who want their kids to succeed.  Usually, the coaches and parents have joint goals.  Speak with your child's coach to determine if there is any area your son or daughter can work on over the summer to improve his or her chances of making the team.  Make sure you include your child in these decisions.  Otherwise, you risk having a sport turn into a chore for a kid.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Choosing the right summer camp for your child....nows the time

Begin planning your kids summer recreation for next summer now, while we're still in full summer camp mode this summer. 

Summer recess will be over before you know it and the school year will be back into full gear in a matter of weeks.  Make sure you're prepared for the start of next summer now while camps are in full gear.  This is a great opportunity to tour certain day camps in your area with your child to get a feel for their environment and if it's a good fit for your child.  Due to high demand, some camps only have so many slots available for campers in certain age groups.  The earlier you lock in a spot the better.  You may also receive a sizable discount when you lock in your child this year in advance of next summer. 

When getting ready for your camp search, you should be asking yourself the following questions in anticipation of the right camp for you and your child:

1. Ask for recommendations - speak with fellow parents and trusted friends about where their children go and the experiences they are having.

2. Explore all options - Camps come in more flavors than ever before.  Make sure you pick the right fit for your child's interests and needs

3. Inquire about camp schedules - While many camps are flexible, day camps do not have the same level of flexibility as after-school programs.  Arrangements for after care may need to be made

4. Determine a camp budget - As varied as program offerings may be, camps can also vary greatly with regard to cost.  Detailed questions will need to be asked about up front and ongoing costs throughout the summer.

Friday, June 10, 2016

The Importance of Transition Services on A Student’s IEP

What are Transition Services?  IDEA defines them as “a coordinated set of activities for a child with a disability that: (A) is designed to be within a results-oriented process, that is focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate the child's movement from school to post-school activities, including post-secondary education, vocational education, integrated employment (including supported employment), continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, or community participation; (B) is based on the individual child's needs, taking into account the child's strengths, preferences, and interests; and (C) includes instruction, related services, community experiences, the development of employment and other post-school adult living objectives, and, when appropriate, acquisition of daily living skills and functional vocational evaluation.”

In short, Transition Services are meant to engage students, so as to help them finish high school successfully and prepare them for their future after graduation.  Transition services are usually implemented by the age of 16 and address areas such as: post school goals, vocational assessment information, college awareness and planning, employment objectives, and daily living skills as an adult.   These are all critical areas that will help the student plan for their future, give them a sense of accomplishment, and prepare them for a life of autonomy. 

Because the Transition Services are meant to help the student prepare for their future, they are invited and encouraged to participate in their own IEP development.  As Educators, you not only want to see your students successfully finish their High School courses, but there is also joy and fulfillment that comes when helping a student plan for a successful future.  On the other side, parents want nothing but the best future for their children, and the beauty of Transition Services and goals is that the parents and students take an active role to plan, prepare and succeed in the years past High School!

[1] http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/trans.faqs.htm