RG22-08 Patrice Badami Educating Special Needs Children

Raising our gifted children with Sara Troy and her guest Patrice Badami, on air from February 22nd

What exactly does it mean to be an advocate for a child with special needs? Our goal, as caregivers, is always to raise children to be happy and successful. But how does a caregiver navigate the overwhelming and sometimes complicated world of laws, resources and programs in their community?

I am a special education teacher and mother of three. I have advocated for families with children who have special needs to ensure that they receive the special education services that they require for them to be appropriately facilitated at their home school district. I created a website to help students as they navigate their way back into the in-person educational settings. The website is entitled Acorntotree.com and it offers free academic and recreational support for children and families.

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Special education, academic support, advocating for families with children who have special needs, having a child with Asperger’s syndrome, having a child with central auditory processing issues as well as executive functioning issues, children with attention deficit disorder, dealing with a child who is in the Neonatal Intensive Care and concerns of new parents of premature children. What do I really need to have in preparation for bringing my baby home?

Patrice Badami earned her Masters of Science degree in Childhood and Special Education from Long Island University. In addition, she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication/Journalism from St. Bonaventure in New York state. She is currently working towards her certificate in Early Childhood. Patrice is an Elementary and Special education teacher for a New York State school district.

How can I advocate for my special needs child?

What are some important things to keep in mind before attending a committee on Special Education (CSE) meeting for my child?

What is an outside independent evaluation?

What information will I receive about my child when attending a special education meeting?

Where can I get outside independent evaluations? How can they help me in my CSE meeting? What type of independent evaluations should I avoid?

What are some behaviors of a child who may have Asperger’s Syndrome?

What are perseveration and how do I help my child deal with them?

How can I support my child who has Asperger’s Syndrome as they navigate college or their path after high school?

What is Central Auditory Processing difficulty?

How can I help my child with ADD at home?

What are some things I can expect when my child is in the neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)?

What kind of support do I need when I take my child who was in the NICU at home?

What are some developmental issues that I may encounter as my premature baby grows what are some red flags?

How can I help my child with Aspergers navigate the social skills difficulties he or she may have and help him or her make friends?

What are some other issues that I may encounter besides social skills issues with my child who has Asperger’s Syndrome?

What are some things that I may notice as my premature child grows? What are some difficulties they may encounter as they attempt to reach their developmental milestones?

I will include podcasts in the podcast blog on my website Acorntotree.com that provides families with free educational and recreational resources, and reviews of educational toys, children’s books, and parenting books and products.









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