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A Parent's Guide to Special Education in New York City and the Metropolitan Area Paperback – June 1, 2006
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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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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.
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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