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Educational Accommodations

Within your child’s IEP or 504 plan, there will be a section listing very specific educational, behavioral, academic, and sensory strategies for your child. These are called accommodations, modifications, services, and specially designed instructions. Read on so you have a good understanding of which of these particular accommodations may best serve your student. Feel free to borrow and use any of the following list of strategies!

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IEP or 504 Plan?

Once your student qualifies for special education services in their public school, they gain a written plan that follows them through their schooling. This document is either an IEP, which stands for an Individualized Education Plan ,or a 504 Plan. Keep reading to learn about each of these wonderful ways to support your child in school. 

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What is Special Education?

It all starts with IDEA: The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Basically IDEA makes sure that all children with disabilities have available to them a free appropriate public education that emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment, and independent living. Now that’s a mouthful. Keep reading so you can help your child get what they need and deserve in school.

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JFS Holds Successful Adoption and Foster Care Picnic

By Rachel Kuhr, Jewish Family Service director of adoption and foster care services We were thrilled to hold our annual Jewish Family Service Adoption and Foster Care Picnic in person recently. Because of COVID-19, it was the first one we have been able to plan in three years. JFS staff joined with several families at

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We Are Social Creatures

In today’s modern society, it is so easy to forget that we are truly social creatures who need each other. We are hardwired to depend on others to survive. As busy as our world is, it’s helpful to be reminded of the value in having meaningful connections with others outside of one’s immediate family. It takes work to develop and maintain these connections to others. Adoptive families especially can benefit from knowing others who are in the same boat as them. Learn why sharing your unique lives with others in similar circumstances creates healthier, happier families.

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How Do I Do I Even Meet Other Adoptive Families?

If you have made it this far in the Newsletter…

…then something has resonated with you about needing and wanting to connect with other adoptive families. Although it may seem overwhelming to find a way to find such families, read on for various ways to connect virtually and in-person. The benefits of knowing other adoptive families are innumerable and far outweigh the efforts and fear of making yourself vulnerable.

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Dear Director: The Value of Connecting to Other Adoptive Families

Dear Director:

I was at back-to-school last night at my adopted daughter’s school. Boy, did I feel alienated and out of place. The other moms were all worried about picture day and being able to access their child’s grades. I am just happy when my 11-year-old daughter gets to the bus on time and has a day with no major behavioral incidents. I see now what everyone has been saying about the value of knowing other adoptive families. But I know none. I just don’t even know where to start meeting and connecting with other similar families.

Please Help!

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Dear Director: Behavior=Clues Edition

Dear Director,

We recently adopted 2 siblings, ages 7 and 9. They certainly had a rough upbringing, both emotionally and sexually abused. We are so thrilled to become their parents and to give them a wonderful life. Problem is we had to start working with a team of counselors as the 9-year-old is just terrible and unmanageable. She hates being told what to do and will have meltdowns if she doesn’t get her way that can last all day. Additionally, she seems to freak out at the strangest times with no apparent reason. Our therapist says to look behind her behaviors; that her behaviors are a form of communication.  We just don’t believe that. She just seems manipulative, ungrateful, and controlling.

Signed, doubtful about all this mumbo-jumbo about behaviors as clues

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Decoding Those Behaviors: What is Your Child Telling You

When a child has undesirable behaviors, there are a variety of ways to view that behavior. An “old-fashioned” view sees the child as being intentionally oppositional. A more reliable and helpful way to  view their behavior instead is based on the idea that your child is dealing with a host of invisible factors resulting in such. Keep reading to identify some likely invisible sources that may cause such bad behaviors. Then you will start to see them as actual real responses within the child’s body and brain and coping mechanisms leftover from their trauma.

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