Department of Special Education

Winter 2021

Dear Families,

Happy New Year! As we make our way out of the Winter season, the New Year celebrations and traditions remind us that even in the midst of experiences that may be colder and darker than make us feel comfortable, Spring is in the near future when we can look to the world around us reviving itself and blossoming again.

We are so excited to be a part of your student's Spring semester here in Judson. We look forward to sharing with you all of the new developments and special events happening on each campus and in every classroom. As our students continue to grow, thrive, and bloom just like our world around us, we hope that you find the resources within this newsletter informative and helpful on your journey.


Your Department of Special Education

How to parent a teen from a teen's perspective | Lucy Androski | TEDxYouth@Okoboji
Parents Guide to Teenagers and Sleep

Teens can be challenging to communicate successfully with at times. This guide for parents from the Child Mind Institute provides lots of information on the role adequate sleep can have on many areas affecting your teen!

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How Kids Make and Keep Friends

Our students sometimes need extra support in developing friendships. This article by VeryWell Family offers ways to encourage and support social interactions through strategies, suggestions, and addresses current challenges related to COVID-19.

Looking for Reward Systems to Increase Positive Behavior?

Social Ways to Praise and Reinforce Good Behavior

Hugs and High-fives are awesome but check out this HUGE list of ideas on ways to provide social reinforcement to your student from I Love

Struggling to Find Out What is Frustrating Your Child?

This free, downloadable frustration log designed by can help you find patterns to your child's behaviors and responses that may lead to helpful discoveries.

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Click on the Links Below for National Organizations Supporting Families

Parent to Parent USA

Providing informative and emotional support to families with special needs.

The M.O.R.G.A.N. Project

Can help facilitate financial assistance for families needing help with travel, medical, and equipment expenses.


Offers support with vocational programs, recreational opportunities, and work force skills and programs.

The Department of Special Education Services

If you have any questions, please contact us and we will make sure and direct your question, comment, or concern to the correct resource!

Our points of contact include:

Theresa Arocha-Gill -

Director, Department of Special Education

Yvonne Romero -

Secretary, Department of Special Education

Stay well!

Your Judson ISD Department of Special Education Staff