It is essential for parents of children with special needs to find resources and support. As an early childhood special education teacher I know first hand how difficult and overwhelming this process can be. Remember parents, have patience, don’t get discouraged and ask for help. There are some simple ways that you can begin your search for the best resources. I’ve listed them below as well as some national resources you may want to contact.

3 Ways to Start Your Search:
1. Internet – We all know that the internet is filled with guides, websites, information and great resources. You will have to take your time and do a search on a search engine such as google or yahoo. Before you do your search prepare keywords that you may want to use in your search, so that your results will give you exactly or close to what your looking for.
2. Child’s School/School District – A great place to start is your child’s school. Your child’s school has access to many resources and education materials. If they do not have exactly what you need, they should be able to point you in the right direction.
3. Local Programs – There are many community programs that have information or a list of resources for parents.
Teacher Tip: Document everything that a school, community program or resource gives or tells you. This will assist you in your understanding of what is agreed upon or suggested. This information will also be proof of what happened and a record for you to keep in your files.

Online National Resources:
Our Mission: To ensure that the nation’s
 15 million children, adolescents, and adults
 with learning disabilities have every opportunity
to succeed in school, work, and life.
The National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER), sponsors a comprehensive program of special education research designed to expand the knowledge and understanding of infants, toddlers and children with disabilities.
NICHCY is very pleased to offer you a wealth of information on disabilities! We serve the nation as a central source of information on:
*disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, and youth,
*IDEA, which is the law authorizing special education,
*No Child Left Behind (as it relates to children with
disabilities), and
*research-based information on effective educational

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