Special Education Parent Newsletter

March: Parenting + Remote Learning 2020-21 Issue #5

What is FAPE?

FAPE stands for "Free and Appropriate Public Education." It was a term created under guidelines of "All Handicapped Children Act or 1975" (later to be known as Individual with Disability Education Act or IDEA). It states that under IDEA, students with disabilities have a right to a free and appropriate education.
Happy Birthday IDEA!

FAPE Myths vs Facts

FAPE does not mean your child with special needs is entitled to a better public education than children who do not receive special education services. Take a look at what FAPE means for you and your child.

Your child might be charged for the special education services they will receive.

  • MYTH. Because the act calls for a free appropriate public education for all children, those children with special needs who require special education will be given such at no cost to them.
  • Special education services are provided under guided supervision and direction, and there will never be a charge to the parent or guardian under the program guidelines.

Children with special needs are not required to pass state assessments and grade-appropriate work.

  • MYTH. Your child will be provided with the accommodations and modifications necessary for them to meet their educational goals as outlined in their initial Individualized Education Plan (IEP).
  • Special education services have to meet the standard of your state’s Education Authority and will be provided with every effort to ensure your child receives the proper instruction necessary for classroom success.

A child with special needs must have access to extracurricular activities.

  • FACT. Under the FAPE section of IDEA, all children who receive special education services shall have access to the same non-academic and extracurricular programs and activities as those without disabilities.
  • This does not mean a child with special needs will get preferential treatment over the other children in said activity, and the child still needs to meet the basic requirements of the program or activity in order to participate.

A child with special needs gets a better education than those who receive a general education.

  • MYTH. FAPE mandates that are children, regardless of disability, receive the same quality of education.
  • All teachings, materials, and assistance must be provided to every child who needs them.
  • The school system is required to comply with the procedural requirements outlined in IDEA and must make sure their special education program is able to accommodate a child with special needs in such a manner as they can reach their educational goals through assistance.
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Awesome Information from our Expert Ancillary Team

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

Supports from our School Social Work Team

Topic Expert Self Help Tips for Parents

Here are some key ways parents of children with disabilities can make self-care a priority:

Promoting Tummy Time Positions from Physical Therapists

What's the importance of tummy time for a baby?

Answer From Jay L. Hoecker, M.D.

Tummy time — placing a baby on his or her stomach only while awake and supervised — can help your baby develop strong neck and shoulder muscles and promote motor skills. Tummy time can also prevent the back of your baby's head from developing flat spots (positional plagiocephaly).

If a baby's head is left in the same position for long periods of time, the skull bone plates might move in a way that creates a flat spot. While it's recommended that you place your baby on his or her back to sleep to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), tummy time gives a baby the chance to experience a different position. This can help reduce the risk of flat spots.

Tummy time can also help your baby build strength needed for sitting up, rolling over, crawling and walking.

Start tummy time by spreading out a blanket in a clear area. After a diaper change or nap, place your baby on his or her stomach on the blanket for three to five minutes. Try doing this two to three times a day. As your baby gets used to tummy time, place your baby on his or her stomach more frequently or for longer periods of time. You might arrange age-appropriate toys within his or her reach.

Remember, however, that both you and your baby should be awake during this time. Never leave your baby unattended during tummy time.

Optimize Hand Strength with Information from the Occupational Therapy Team

Building Hand Strength Through Everyday Play

There are lots of easy ways to strengthen the hands through simple everyday play! Try working these activities into kids' everyday play routines!

Tablets and various other sources of technology have integrated into our world like PB & J. Technology is all around us, and with such integration we must figure most of it out ourselves. However, here are some helpful hints with a few of the most recent tablets!! These accessibilities help individuals with visual impairments access their digital world on every day!!

Pick your favorite tablet, and enjoy!!

Excellent tips from our Emotional Impairment Consultants on decision-making skills

Accessible Information and Support Meetings from our Autism Team

Upcoming ASD Parent Support Meetings

Please Join One of Our Saginaw ASD Parent Support Group March Meetings:

March 9th 6:30pm-7:30pm


Meeting ID: 973 1274 8948

Passcode: 440716

March 11th 11am-12:00pm


Meeting ID: 998 8040 3383

Passcode: 480476

Article on Sexual Health and Students with ASD

This article originally appeared in START Connecting in March 2018

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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Reading is Fun!

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!
A is for Activist
Horton Hears a Who! 📖❤️ By Dr. Seuss READ ALOUD w/ PUPPETS ❤️📖
All My Stripes
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