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Product Details

  • Paperback: 195 pages
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press (June 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807746851
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807746851
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #828,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I work with hundreds of families trying to navigate the world of New York City special education, and every one of them will benefit from this book." - Michele Shackelford, Program Director, Center for Attention & Learning Disorders, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City"

About the Author

Laurie DuBos is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate School at the College of New Rochelle. She has worked in the field of special education for over 30 years, including 15 years in the classroom teaching children with special needs. Jana Fromer is a mom who has been involved in the world of special education for the last 8 years.

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As you can tell, I highly recommend it.
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If you're navigating the maze of special education in New York, you need this book as a guide.
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Now it is all gathered in one place, in one all-inclusive book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By beenthere on February 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is a priceless gift to parents who are navigating the special education system in New York City. It is written in an accessible style by a special educator with 30+ years of experience and by a mom who has successfully advocated for her child for eight years.

When I entered the world of special education with my son 14 years ago, there were no internet searches to be done and no books like this one to be read, although I often perused the shelves at Barnes & Noble praying for a book just like this one. At that time, information was exchanged by parents on the playground and in professionals' waiting rooms. Now it is all gathered in one place, in one all-inclusive book.

A comprehensive overview of the special education process in NYC, including referrals and evaluations, eligibility criteria, the IEP and parents' rights precedes an exhaustive section on private school placement. Profiles of 33 private special education schools, followed by a list of schools by classification, a sample referral letter, checklist for school visits, checklist for applications and a glossary, make this book a highly practical tool. The resources section encompasses evaluation centers, therapists, medical professionals, web sites, attorneys, after school programs, and summer camps and can save parents immeasurable time and put them in touch with parent-recommended resources.

This book is a must-have for any parent involved in the special education process. It reminded me of all of the wonderful parents and professionals I was fortunate enough to meet along this road.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A parent on July 13, 2007
Format: Paperback
If you're navigating the maze of special education in New York, you need this book as a guide. It's a superb resource & we found an appropriate school for our child, thanks to this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Special Ed Mom on October 31, 2006
Format: Paperback
I wish this book had been around eight years ago when I was trying to navigate the special education maze. The good news is that it's here now, and there is finally a book I can recommend to anyone who needs the latest information on evaluations, referrals, testing, and schools. The co-authors are a Ph.d. in special education who became the founder and head of a special education school, and a mom who has hands-on experience in the special education world. The result is a readable and informative guide to the special ed world that encapsulates the experiece of this world from both sides of the fence in a seamless, practical guidebook, in which all the necessary information is presented with professionalism and empathy. P.S. . . . A few months later . . . I just got back from my local Barnes & Noble where this book was sold out. I wanted to pick up a few copies to keep on hand to give to friends, because this is a book you don't get back when you lend it out! Although my son now has an appropriate school placement and is thriving, in part thanks to the widsom and support of the authors of this book, it is my main reference when I get calls from people who've heard I've been there, done that. So, gotta go order those copies, but believe me, this book is "Still the One"!

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 11, 2006
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I would state unequivocally that every parent, educator, medical personnel, social worker and therapist should have this book -- it is the first concise, straightforward view of the system. While most parents of special needs kids become quite savvy at the system over time, this book would have saved me hours of headaches, heartaches and trauma if it had been available when I was first entering the system with my son fifteen years ago -- even so, it still has great information (summaries of over 30 private schools, lists of OT, PT and ST, lists of evaluators, and best of all, definitions that have been a mystery, i.e. I FINALLY know the difference between a psychoed and a neuropsychoed eval!). As you can tell, I highly recommend it. The only negative - it really deals with only the first 16 years in the system - I really wish the authors would consider doing a part 2 - middle school and beyond!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A NYC Parent on July 24, 2010
Format: Paperback
There are so many books out there, this one I highly recommend.

In a nutshell: THE BASIC 5-STEP CHECKLIST was really helpful, They are: 1) Identifying Your Child's Need's. 2) Informing Yourself. 3) Educating Your Child. 4)Entering the World of Special Education. 5) Locating a School. (My only complaint is that I almost missed it - as it was in the Introduction section of the book, and I don't always read that. If you buy this book don't skip the Preface and Introduction.)

The book then addresses each of these processes, in a really concise way. In the middle of the book there is a section called School Profiles that gives a really informative description of Special education schools. the authors write that they personally visited each school and met with the directors, saw the programs first hand, gathered all the relevant criteria. I don't know of another book that has this type of detailed information.
The sections on how to apply to a school, how to prepare yourself and your child, how to work with the CSE (Committee on Special Education) and the DOE (Department of Education) are full of information that I was able to personally follow and recommend to others.
It's also endorsed by Michele Shackelford, Program Director for the Center for Attention & Learning Disorders, Lenox Hill Hospital NYC.
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