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Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Accommodations and Pragmatic Language Goals for IEPs
Another very useful reference on the DPI website is a document called Pragmatic Language and the Standard Course of Study. Given that not all SLPs are even all that familiar with pragmatics (the social use of language, as opposed to expressive or receptive language), having this list could be extremely useful for writing IEP goals. Additional useful guides on the DPI autism page address evidence based practices, creating an autism map in education, and teaching students with Asperger's. Since these materials are all presented as references by the State of North Carolina, they should carry weight with the local schools during IEP meetings.
Remember that for additional assistance with IEPs or special education, you can contact the ECAC, North Carolina's Parent Training and Information Center for special education. The Autism Society of NC Bookstore is an excellent resource for books on autism and education, and they are having a back to school sale during the month of August. There is also a wealth of information on the Wrightslaw website and in their law books; the better you understand the special education process and your child's rights, the better outcome you are likely to have!