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This page has links to resources and a list of service providers for parents and caregivers of children and youth with special needs.

Education-A-Must Online Support Group for parents, advocates, and attorneys.

General Resources

About.com Special Education
addhelpline
Comparison of  IDEA, Section 504 and the ADA
Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA)
FamilyEducation.com from the Learning Network
Family Empowerment Network
Family Village
IEP Guide for Parents
Internet Special Education Resources (ISER)
Just Because We Have A DisAbility Doesn't Mean We BYTE!
KidSource
KinderStart Special Needs Child
LDOnline
Mass Parent Association of Special Education Advisory Councils (MASSPAC)
MindWorks from Denver Academy
National Coalition for Parent Involvment in Education (NCPIE)
National Parent Network on Disabilities (NPND)
Parent News
Parent Pals
Parent Soup from iVillage
Parent's Special Education Knowledge Quest usenet newsgroup listing
Project Appleseed
Section 504 and IDEA: Basic Similarities and Differences from LD Online
Special Child
Special Child Magazine for Parents of Children with Disabilities
Special Education Exchange (SpEdEx)
SpecialEducation.org
Special Education Primer from therapistfinder.net
Resources for Parents and Teachers in Special Education Start Local

The Learning Disabilities Association of Connecticut
999 Asylum Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105
Phone: (860) 560-1711
www.ldact.org
Developed in 1964, the LDA of Connecticut is a non-profit organization that provides parent assistors (advocates) to support families with a full range of services, including records reviews, parent advising, and attending meetings. Our staff includes experienced special education teachers, psychologists, and parents of children with disabilities who have completed our intensive training program. Parent assistors are located throughout the state. Sliding scale fees.

Washington PAVE (Parents are Vital in Education)
What Are Your Rights, as a Parent, in the Special Education Process? from ERIC
What is IDEA?

New Hampshire Special Education Law Manual: A Guide for Parents, Educators, Attorneys and Advocates

Service Providers

New Hampshire

Coaches

Jennifer Davis - Life and Career Coach with a special focus on children, teenagers, and adults who work with them. I am a graduate of Coach University. My undergraduate degree is from Boston College, with a double major in Psychology and Business Administration. I believe that every human being has unlimited potential and the capability to create the life that they want. As children, we have endless creative energy and a strong sense of self that can be forgotten during our teen years when peer pressure gets greater, choices become more difficult, etc. As a coach, I partner with teens to regain that energy and self confidence so together we can prepare for the years ahead. Contact Jennifer for more information.

Sandy Maynard - Personal Performance Coach

Other Professionals & Organizations

Scott F. Johnson, Esq. Attorney Johnson represents parents and students in educational matters in New Hampshire. He is co-counsel in the Claremont lawsuit and is active in educational policy matters in New Hampshire. His office is located in Concord NH.

Disabilities Rights Center
18 Low Avenue
Concord, NH 03301
Phone: (800) 834-1721
Fax: (603) 225-2077
advocacy@drcnh.org
www.drcnh.org
The DRC is the New Hampshire Protection and Advocacy agency.

Sue Drouin M.S., CCC-SLP (Speech-Language Pathologist)
P.O. Box 2349
Salem, NH 03079-2349
(603) 893.6018
sue@communik-9.com

Sue Drouin M.S., CCC-SLP is a practicing speech–language pathologist who specializes in the treatment of social-communication and feeding disorders in children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down syndrome, Verbal Apraxia of speech, chromosomal disorders and receptive and expressive language disorders and specific language impairments. She has extensive experience with augmentative communication and assistive technology. For the past twenty-three years, she has provided direct treatment and consultative services and evaluations in private and public schools as well as intensive home-based therapy services in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Additionally, Sue offers Animal Assisted Therapy. Please check out her web sites.
www.communik-9.com
www.doggonevisiting.com

Dr. Andrew Nathan, Psy.D - Evaluation

Family Resource Connection

Focus Adolescent Services

Howard Psychological Assessment Services 118 Maplewd Ave.
Portsmouth, NH
Phone: (603) 433-8954

Learning Skills Academy
Special School
1247 Washington Road, PO Box 955
Rye, NH 03870
Phone: (603) 964-4903
Fax: (509) 756-6192
kstaines@lsa-dcs.org
www.lsa.pvt.k12.nh.us
States Served: NH, MA, ME
We are a private, non-profit day school for children in grades 4-10 with Language Learning Disabilities such as: Dyslexia, Expressive Language issues, Receptive Language issues, Auditory Processing Issues, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) with or without Hyperactivity (ADHD). This includes organizational issues and social pragmatic issues, Nonverbal Learning Disabilities (NLD).

Hampshire Branch of the International Dyslexia Association
Club/Org
P. O. Box 3724
Concord, NH 03302
Phone: (603) 229-7355
information@nhida.org
www.nhida.org
States Served: NH, ME, VT
Visit our website for information about reading problems and effective remediation. Contact us for referrals to tutors and evaluators. We serve New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont.

Parent to Parent of NH

Parker Academy
Special School
33 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301
Phone: (603) 228-4209
Fax: (603) 224-4219
info@parkeracademy.com
www.parkeracademy.com
Tutoring Services, Academic Support, Enrichment Programs, Subject Tutorials, Summer Programs, Test Preparation, Reading Programs

Psychological Services in New Hampshire

Massachusetts

ADD/ADHD Education and Support Group
FREE and welcome to all: Parents, Adults, Teachers and anyone interested in learning more about ADD/ADHD The Group meets from 7:00 - 8:30 P.M. on the THIRD THURSDAY of each month In the Higgins conference room at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport, MA. Guest Speaker October 18, 2001 Sydney Sauber, M.Ed,. Ed. S.
Anger and Frustration can be more devastating to a special needs family than the special need itself. Sydney Sauber has been in the field of education for 17 years. Currently she is writing a book about special education reform. She is the proprietor of Synergy Solutions Educational Consulting which provides educational advocacy, and consultation services to families and young people dealing with issues related to IEP's and 504 Plans. She, herself, has a history of ADHD, verbal and non-verbal learning differences. She will discuss Anger Management in Special Needs Families, and will cover managing what to say or not to say. The purpose of this interactive workshop is to support special needs families in finding alternative methods for dealing with anger management challenges within the family. Other topics covered will include: anger vs. frustration, escalating vs. deescalating responses, and coping strategies for assisting children in taking responsibility for their behaviors.
To learn more about Sydney and her work, you may visit her web site at: www.reformthenorm.com
For more information telephone Lisa Jewett, ME.d. Group Coordinator and Personal & Professional Coach 978-762-6725

Bridges Associates, Inc.

The Carroll School
Special School
25 Baker Bridge Road
Lincoln, MA 01773
Phone: (781) 259-8342
info@carrollschool.org
www.carrollschool.org
States Served: MA, NH, RI
Located in Lincoln, Massachusetts, The Carroll School is the nation's premier independent day school for students ages 7-15 who have been diagnosed with primary language learning disabilities and/or dyslexia.

Children's Hospital Boston
Hospital
300 Longwood Avenue, Fegan 11
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: (617) 355-6391
EStates Served: NH, ME, VT, MA, RI
The Learning Disabilities Program of the Department of Neurology provides a comprehensive learning disabilities evaluation for children who are experiencing a lack of success in school or who have specific difficulties with academic achievement. Children with medical conditions that may have neurological implications and for whom there are educational concerns are also seen.

Eagle Hill School
Special School
242 Old Petersham Road; PO Box 116
Hardwick, MA 01037
Phone: (413) 477-6000
Fax: (413) 477-6837
www.ehs1.org
States Served: NH, ME, VT, CT, MA, RI
Eagle Hill School is an internationally known boarding school located in Hardwick, Massachusetts. Serving a co-educational population of approximately one hundred fourty-five young men and women, the school addresses the academic and social needs of students with Learning (Dis)abilities (LD) and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). We serve students from all across the country and overseas (currently 24 different states and 5 countries). Eagle Hill School has long been recognized for its ability to foster a community, climate and culture that honors individual learning-styles.

Federation for Children with Special Needs

Howard Psychological Assessment Services
12 Jefferson St.
Newburyport, MA
Phone: (508) 462-4009
20 Walnut St.
Wellesley, MA
Phone: (617) 235-9972

The Judge Rotenberg Center
240 Turnpike Street
Canton, MA 02021-2341
Phone: (781) 828-2202
Fax: 781-828-2804
www.judgerc.org
The Judge Rotenberg Educational Center operates day and residential programs for children and adults with behavior problems, including conduct disorders, emotional problems, brain injury or psychosis, autism and developmental disabilities.

Ira Kittrell
19 High Rock Rd
Holliston, MA 01746
www.thespeechsolution.com
SLP/Behavioral-Educational Conultant. Free 30 minute consultation

Landmark School
Special School
429 Hale St., P.O. Box 227
Prides Crossing, MA 01965
Phone: (978) 236-3000
Fax: (978) 927-7268
jtruslow@landmarkschool.org
www.landmarkschool.org
States Served: ME, NH, VT, RI, CT, NY, MA
Founded in 1971, Landmark School is recognized as an international leader in the field of learning disabilities. With boarding and day facilities for over 400 students who come to us from all over the United States and the world, Landmark offers an outstanding educational opportunity for students, ages 7 - 20.

Massachusetts General Hospital - Reading Disabilities Program Hospital
Wang Ambulatory Care Center, Suite 737, 32 Fruit Street
Boston MA 02114
Phone: (617) 726-2764
http://pcs.mgh.harvard.edu/heal_read.asp
States Served: NH, ME, VT, MA, RI
"We believe that every language learning disabled individual deserves the right to be taught in the way he or she learns best" David N. Caplan M.D., Ph.D. serves as the Medical Director of the unit and Phyllis Meisel serves as Director of Reading Disabilities.
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