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HOT OFF THE PRESS!!! Maryland School Improvement Plan approved! Posted by on Jan 17, 2018

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Family Support and Dispute Resolution Branch. Who are they and why you should know. Posted by on Dec 6, 2017

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PTSD signs and symptoms. Recognizing the struggle during the holidays and everyday. Posted by on Dec 25, 2017

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Hypersexuality and bipolar disorder

Jan 10, 18 Hypersexuality and bipolar disorder

Posted by in Bipolar and Depression

Hypersexuality and Bipolar Disorder These conditions do not have a cause and effect relationship. Being bipolar does not cause someone to be hypersexual. Being hypersexual does not mean someone is bipolar. However, an increase in risky behaviors is related to bipolar manic episodes. What is Hypersexuality But what is...

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What is bipolar disorder

Jan 09, 18 What is bipolar disorder

Posted by in Bipolar and Depression

Bipolar Disorder Defined National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH)describes bipolar disorder as Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks.There are four basic types of bipolar disorder;...

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Can I change a 504 to an IEP? Well… maybe.

Jan 05, 18 Can I change a 504 to an IEP? Well… maybe.

Posted by in IEP

Can I change a 504 to an IEP? Maybe, but most likely no. In previous articles we introduced the 504 Plan. We also talked about the difference between a 504 and an IEP. During Dr. Day’s visit to Gateway to Success Learning Center a parent asked if they can convert their child’s 504 Plan to an IEP. Excellent question!...

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What’s the difference between an IEP and a 504?

Dec 30, 17 What’s the difference between an IEP and a 504?

Posted by in IEP

As parents of children with disabilities, community members, and professionals (yes they have a hard time deciphering too) it can be difficult to determine what type of services a child needs. When developing special education services we should ask what is the difference between an IEP and a 504? Why would a  diagnosis qualify for...

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504? What the heck is a 504 Plan?

Dec 27, 17 504? What the heck is a 504 Plan?

Posted by in IEP

Many of you have heard of or have a child on a 504 Plan. But what are they? According to the Maryland Department of Disabilities Section 504​​ Plans Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a federal law that prohibits organizations that receive federal money from discriminating against a person on the basis of a...

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Family Support and Dispute Resolution Branch. Who are they and why you should know.

Dec 06, 17 Family Support and Dispute Resolution Branch. Who are they and why you should know.

Posted by in IEP, Maryland Dept. Education

Maryland State Department of Education Family Support and Dispute Resolution Branch Most schools and special educators are in it for the love of the job. They want to see our children succeed. Even if progress is incremental or can only be gauged in smiles, they take on the responsibility of educating our children because they have...

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Who are you? THAT doesn’t matter to Seth’s Mom.

Nov 17, 17 Who are you? THAT doesn’t matter to Seth’s Mom.

Posted by in Breaking News

“Who” you are is not as important as “that” you exist.  That you are struggling. That you need support. That you need resources. That you feel paralyzing fear. That you sometimes don’t know where to turn. That you can hopeless and depressed. That you’ve served and sacrificed. That you feel...

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Exceptional Minds Studio alumnae are doing exceptional things!

Nov 16, 17 Exceptional Minds Studio alumnae are doing exceptional things!

Posted by in Breaking News

Talented autistic and neuro-atypical artists are doing exceptional things working on The Good Doctor post-production. Having a disability is a part of the lives of these amazing individuals, but it in no way stops them from achieving their dreams and maximizing their talent. In a previous blog post we introduced the Seth’s...

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Keeping the self in disability self-advocacy. It can sometimes be an act of sass!

Oct 31, 17 Keeping the self in disability self-advocacy. It can sometimes be an act of sass!

Posted by in Breaking News

Keeping the SELF in self-advocacy can sometimes be an act of sass. A diagnosis of autism, or any other disability, does not prevent self-advocacy. Just like any teenager, Seth has moments where he needs to express himself. Any parent of disabled children knows this can often occur with creative and hilarious results. Let us share...

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Where’s Seth’s Mom? Dog walk in Great Falls, VA.

Oct 16, 17 Where’s Seth’s Mom? Dog walk in Great Falls, VA.

Posted by in Breaking News

Beyond disabilities. Dog walk in Great Falls gave Seth’s Mom a chance to interact with some wonderful pet owners and awesome pets. The most adorable (of course) was Doc Mo’s handsome pit bull Pippen. He is smart, lovable, friendly, and very patient with Seth. The day started gloomy but after a 4 hour hike, ended with...

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I’m totally EF’D! Do I have an executive function disorder or deficit?

Sep 01, 17 I’m totally EF’D! Do I have an executive function disorder or deficit?

Posted by in Breaking News

We were recently made aware of EFD (executive function disorder or deficit). Doc Day’s first thought was someone was being uber P.C., but it’s actually a condition. Or, at the very least, considered a subset of other better known disabilities such as attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity...

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Waiver program for families in Maryland expanding!!

Aug 22, 17 Waiver program for families in Maryland expanding!!

Posted by in Breaking News

Beginning in 2018 the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration is launching the Family Support Waiver program for individuals under the age of 21 with developmental disabilities. To review a draft of the proposed services click here! Apply now! You know the wait will be forever (like several months) so don’t wait!...

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