Schools and Education

Special Education Advocacy and Charter Schools

Operating pursuant to a charter granted either by a local educational or the State Board of Education, charter schools are primary or secondary schools created by interested agencies and individuals and receive public money for the students who attend. Other than public schools which have become charter schools, charter school are attended by choice and are a popular alternative to schools operated by a local school district.

Why and When to Choose a Non-Public School

The “Three R’s” are a well-worn cliché of education, and often the traditional neighborhood school will meet your child’s needs. But if you think your special needs child needs more help than their district school is providing, or the district is not implementing the child’s IEP, or the school is unable to manage your child’s behaviors, perhaps it’s time to think about a non-public school (NPS).

When a Child with Selective Mutism Goes Back to School

Dear Developmental Doc,
My daughter is 5 years old and I think she has Selective Mutism. She is incredibly verbal at home but shy around strangers. Her camp counselor expressed concern that although she was friendly, she never spoke to anyone at camp. School starts in less than 2 weeks. I am worried that she will not be able to transition into kindergarten. Do you have any ideas to smooth the way?
Lourdes, South Pasadena, CA.