5 Things To Keep In Mind When Teaching Uniquely Challenged Students

Do you have a uniquely challenged student in your classroom? Do you find the uniquely challenged student taking more time in understanding a concept? As a teacher, you might have managed students with different mentalities and abilities but when it comes to teaching a uniquely challenged student it can be difficult especially when you haven't had any experience in handling those differently abled students. Here are a few things that you should keep in mind when you have a uniquely challenged student in your classroom: Maintain Equality in the Classroom If you have one or more uniquely challenged students in your classroom, they are more likely to be bullied by some students in … [Read more...]

Providing Expert Back to School IEP Support Services

For parents of uniquely challenged children, going back to school can be a very difficult proposition. There’s so much to do! You have to review your IEP, meet your child’s new teachers, familiarize your child with a new environment, and much more. You don’t have to go through this process alone. At Nakata Consulting, we provide expert IEP support services, and we can help facilitate the back to school process. Interested in what we can do? Keep reading to find out!   IEP Review, Analysis, and Revision Your child’s IEP is a living document, and it must be regularly checked and revised to ensure that it’s accurate and meets their unique needs. At Nakata Consulting, we can … [Read more...]

Understanding the IEP Process

If your uniquely challenged child is entering school for the first time, one of the main things you’ll need to do is create an IEP—an Individualized Education Plan. An IEP is a specialized document that outlines the challenges your child faces, expected educational services, and the methods by which educators will help your child realize their full potential. The process of developing this plan can be complex, so let’s take a look at the basics behind IEP development now.   Eligibility Determination The first step in creating an IEP is understanding your child’s eligibility. With IDEA, there are thirteen total categories under which a child can receive IEP services, including … [Read more...]

3 Back-To-School Strategies for Families with Uniquely Challenged Children

The beginning of a new school year is an exciting time for parents and children alike. However, for parents of children who are uniquely challenged, the process of going back to school can be very difficult due to children having anxiety and fears of the unknown. In this article, the disability & special education advocates at Nakata Consulting will examine a few basic strategies which families can use to get through this stressful time – and ensure that their uniquely challenged children can cope more easily with the process of beginning a new school year.   Attend School Events and Open Houses It’s best to get a good working knowledge of the school your child will be … [Read more...]

4 Helpful Homework Tips for Children with Learning Challenges

Let’s face it – most kids don’t like homework. Parents and teachers alike have spent years and years trying to find ways to make it more enjoyable. Homework is a powerful tool for reinforcing lessons and techniques learned in the classroom. However, it can pose a difficult challenge, especially for parents of children facing unique challenges, like attention or learning difficulties. Outside of a structured classroom it can be difficult to ensure completion of homework, track your child’s progress, and keep them focused on learning. The team at Nakata Consulting is here with a few simple tips you can use to help your uniquely challenged child keep learning – both inside and outside of … [Read more...]

Learning Doesn’t Stop After School: How You Can Supplement Your Child’s Education When They Have Challenges to Their Learning.

Parenting is hard, but parenting a child with unique challenges comes with its own set of considerations and difficulties, particularly when it comes to education. This article offers some tips on what you can do to help your child succeed at school. Set Up a Structured At-Home Classroom  When your child gets home from school, they usually have some type of assignment for the next day. Having a structured classroom setting at home with minimal distractions will help your child focus better on their homework. This means doing homework at a designated desk, and not the kitchen table. One-on-One Time and Attention By simply setting aside time to spend with your child after school, … [Read more...]

The Complete Guide to Parenting a Child With Special Educational Needs

Having a child with special educational needs can be extremely difficult to deal with as a parent. You can't just set the same rules and guidelines as you would for a child who is deemed perfectly normal, because special education kids often brush up against these rigid rules and come in conflict with authority simply because of their condition. It’s difficult to know where to draw the lines because it's hard to know whether your child is acting out, or is at the mercy of their condition. Your child doesn't have to feel different, or like an outsider however, while they attend school. Let’s go through the entire process of raising a child with special educational needs, and talk about how … [Read more...]

5 Ways for Parents to Help Out a Special Education Teacher

Being a special education teacher is one of the hardest jobs you can think of. While it may not be physically demanding, the emotional and mental toll it takes on teachers can be incredibly difficult to bear. Often times special education teachers can become jaded after years of dealing with difficult parents, and even more difficult children. The amount of parent participation in special education classrooms is typically pretty low because there just aren't that many parents to pool from. In addition to this, special education classrooms are often small and disconnected from the rest of the school’s supply of materials. This means special education teachers are left to supply their own … [Read more...]

Why It’s Important to Partner With Your Child’s Teacher

I am a big believer in collaboration and forming a true team of advocates for your child. As the spouse, friend, and relative of lifelong educators, I believe firmly that such a partnership begins and ends with your child's teacher. One of the best article I have read on the subject was written by Amanda Morin[1]. Mrs. Morin wrote, and I concur that: "Partnering with your child’s teacher can have a powerful impact. When you and your child’s teacher have a good relationship and communicate regularly about his learning and attention issues, it’s easier to work together to help him succeed in school. It makes it easier for both of you to share concerns and celebrate successes." As Ms. … [Read more...]