Special Education Parent Newsletter


IEP vs 504

You hear about these two terms quite a bit when navigating the special education world. But what do they really mean? Below you will find some information on similarities, differences and eligibility requirements for both 504 and IEP plans for your children.

IEP Defined

The Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) is a plan or program developed to ensure that a child who has a disability identified under the law and is attending an elementary or secondary educational institution receives specialized instruction and related services.

504 Plan Defined

The 504 Plan is a plan developed to ensure that a child who has a disability identified under the law and is attending an elementary or secondary educational institution receives accommodations that will ensure their academic success and access to the learning environment.

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IEP vs. 504 Plan: What Is the Difference Between IEP and 504 Plan?
More IEP vs 504 Information

To learn more about who/what qualifies for an IEP or 504 plus examples click here.


In this section you will find valuable awareness pieces, new information and tips related to disabilities from our SISD ancillary staff.

Occupational Therapy Activities in your Classroom and Stress Buster Moves

Resources to use for relaxation and stress busters to use during the day.

5 Postural Exercises

Using a Classroom Chair

©Your Therapy Source Inc www.YourTherapySource.com

1. Stretch and Relax: Sit up tall in the chair with your feet on the floor. Raise

both arms overhead, clasp hands and gently look up at your hands. Hold for 5

seconds. Slowly lower arms back to side, relax shoulders down and elongate neck

holding for 5 seconds. Repeat 3 times.

2. Overhead Stretch: Sit up tall in the chair with your feet on the floor. Raise

your left arm overhead. Reach up with your right hand and grab your left wrist.

Gently pull your left arm and bend your trunk slightly to your right. Hold for 10

seconds. Lower your hands and repeat with the right arm overhead, grabbing with

the left hand, bending to the left and holding for 10 seconds.

3. Dragonfly: Sit up straight in the chair with your feet on the floor. Lift your

arms up to shoulder height palms facing to the rear. Pinch your shoulder blades

together pushing your arms backwards with elbows straight. Hold for 3 seconds.

Return your arms to starting position at shoulders. Push back again holding for 3

seconds. Repeat 10 times.

4. Reach and Grab: Sit up tall in the chair with your feet flat on the floor.

Reach left hand up and behind the back (palm facing your back). Reach the right

arm down and around to the back (palm facing out). Try to clasp your fingers

together and hold for 5 seconds. Relax arms and switch lifting right arm up and

back and left arm down and back. Repeat 2 times. If you can not clasp the

fingers together just reach the hands together.

5. Twists: Sit in the chair with your feet flat on the floor. Look over your right

shoulder, reach your right hand behind the chair and your left hand to the right

side of the chair. Hold this position for 10 seconds. Repeat to the left side and

hold for 10 seconds.

Information from our Hearing Impairment Team on CMV and Fun ASL Resources for Spring

What is CMV and how does it relate to hearing loss? The article below gives an explanation of causes and how to prevent spreading.

Fun Playtivities from the Physical Therapy Team

The sun is shining and spring is here, get ready to have fun outside with these activities!

Free MI Alliance Parent Leadership Series

Michigan Alliance if offering a free Parent Leadership 4-part workshop for parents of young children starting in April. Check out the flyer below for more information and registration.
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Setting Boundaries with Children from our School Social Work Team

In the articles below you will find information on how to set healthy boundaries for your children. Plus a guide for parents and kids on how to help set boundaries and quick tips on keeping them.
Reminders from Your Child

Tips from your child's perspective on how to help set up healthy boundaries

Parent to Parent Advice

Tips from parents on how to set up healthy boundaries

How to Magnify in Zoom from the Visual Impairment Team

Useful tips on how to magnify features in Zoom
Zoom in on Zoom chat quickly on a Chromebook

April Meeting Dates and Resources for Families and Students from our Autism Experts

April 2021 Meetings

All meetings will be via Zoom

April 8, 2021 at 11:00am

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 965 4739 7464

Passcode: 895789

April 13, 2021 at 6:30pm

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 910 6071 4380

Passcode: 468404

Tips for Reading at Home and Wordless Books from our Speech and Language Team

Check out some fun ways to incorporate literacy skills at home. Plus explore Wordless Books in our Reading Corner section for this month.
Wordless Books

You are the author with wordless books! Have fun creating a new story each time you read.

Learning about Family Love Languages from our Emotional Impairment Team

Below are some great family activities to share and discuss with your family on Love Language and Family Triggers. Have fun exploring together!

Parent Advisory Committee: Helping guide special education services

When your student has an IEP, it can be overwhelming to try to navigate the course of education. The Parent Advisory Committee is here to help.

Mandated under Michigan law, the Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) provides input to the Saginaw Intermediate School District to improve Special Education Services. The PAC consists of parents of students with disabilities (who have IEPs), representing the local school districts and public school academies. Each district may appoint one representative to serve on the PAC.

The PAC needs more representation from local districts. We welcome your involvement! If you would like to attend a PAC meeting to determine if you would be interested in joining our team, contact the SISD for the date and time of our next meeting. If you decide you want to serve on the PAC, you will need approval from your local school board.

For more information, call Chelsea Korzecki at (989)249-8713 or send an email to ckorzecki@sisd.cc

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Join us in our new Reading Corner. Each month we will share a few audio books related to children with special needs. Enjoy and have fun reading together with your children!

🦒 Kids Book Read Aloud: GIRAFFES CAN'T DANCE by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees
We're Amazing, 1, 2, 3! By Leslie Kimmelman / Sesame Street / Kids Book Read Aloud
Good Night Gorilla - Peggy Rathmann - Bedtime Story - with Narration
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