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My Child Is Struggling in School. What Should I Do?

By Allene Grafman, M.S. CAA Special Education Advocate Former CT Public School Administrator, Special Education Now that the school year is in full swing – with its new routines, hectic schedules, and oh yes, more homework – many parents are … Continue reading

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Sometimes Differences Just Don’t Matter !

By Jennifer Theriault, MSW, LCSW I don’t even really like Halloween. I’ve been known to bribe my kids with bags full of candy if they will agree to stay home.  I’m not sure when I became such a killjoy, but … Continue reading

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Demystifying DDS

Demystifying DDS By Jill Chuckas, MSW CAA Special Education Advocate Well, perhaps not completely, but hopefully it won’t feel quite as overwhelming after you are done reading!  As advocates, we work with families at all stages of their child’s learning … Continue reading

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CMT Results Are On The Way; What You Need To Know Now

      By Noreen J. O’Mahoney, C.S.W. S.D.A                                                                               Director, Collaborative Advocacy Associates The CMTs are given every spring and they are often a source of anxiety, concern and questions for many students and their families. This is especially true … Continue reading

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Frequently Asked Questions: What to do if I’m unsatisfied with my child’s progress with special education services?

QUESTION: What do I do if I’m unsatisfied with my child’s progress with special education services? ANSWER: If you are not satisfied with your child’s progress with their special education program, you should first bring your concerns to the school … Continue reading

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Building an Effective School – Parent Team

By Allie Nicolari, MS CAA Special Education Advocate The beginning of the school year is a perfect time to foster that magical year you have dreamed about. Actually there is no “magic” to accomplish this but you must be focused, … Continue reading

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Back to School: The start of a successful school year begins with…….

I was raised by teachers.  My dad was a classroom teacher and taught both 5th and 6th grades for over 38 years.  My mom went back to school when I was in high school for education and proceeded to be … Continue reading

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Former Public School Administrator for Special Education Joins CAA as a Special Education Advocate

Collaborative Advocacy™ Associates (CAA), a group of professionals providing Connecticut families with educational advocacy services in support of children with special learning needs, announces that Allene Nicolari, MS, a former school administrator for special education, has joined the firm as … Continue reading

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: IEP Implementation

QUESTION: What can I do to make sure my child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP)  is being implemented? ANSWER: Trust, with Verification. That was President Ronald Reagan’s approach to working with the Soviet Union prior to the end of the Cold War: he was … Continue reading

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Inclusion: “Wonderful and Truly Possible!”

EDITOR’S NOTE: In this new section, we’d like to invite commentary from parents of children with special needs who may have something positive, uplifting or encouraging to share with other parents who are on the same journey: Raising a child … Continue reading

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