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HELP FOR CHILD DISABILITIES
Dr. Imber is available for evaluation, consultation, advocacy, and expert witness services for children, adolescents and adults with disabilities. His services have been utilized by school districts, parents and attorneys.
Individuals with Attention Deficit Disorders may qualify for reasonable accommodations from school departments and from various agencies such as College Boards (504 Plan). Students who have been diagnosed with ADD may also qualify for special education services summarized within an individualized educational program (IEP) when their disability adversely affects their educational performance. Individuals with ADD may also evidence other challenges such as learning disabilities, interpersonal issues and/or emotional disorders. Whether the person with ADD evidences a high degree or distractibility, disorganization or an unusually high degree of activity, support within the home, school and community environment may be needed.
Autism & Asperger's Syndrome
Individuals who are ‘on the spectrum’ may have a variety of needs including modified instruction, social intervention and close supervision. Individuals with autism vary substantially in intellectual ability, educational performance and interpersonal skills. Many individuals can be accommodated within an inclusive environment through which positive social relationships may be enhanced, Challenges with abstract thinking, ‘reading’ of one’s own emotions and the emotions of others as well and adjusting to changing expectations and environments are typically experienced by individuals with autism.
Behavioral and Emotional Disorders
Individuals with emotional disturbance exhibit one or more of the following characteristics to a marked degree over a considerable period of time. These characteristics include an inability to learn (academically, socially or behaviorally), a substantial inability to interact with peers and/or adults, an exhibition of abnormal behavior or feelings under normal circumstances, exhibition of signs of unhappiness or depression or psychosomatic illness (physical manifestations of illness such as stomach aches or headaches without any known medical cause).
Individuals with emotional and/or behavioral challenges may be able to function within the general education environments with the necessary supports and services, counseling and academic intervention. However, individuals may need more intensive supports and services with more restrictive and structured environments for at least part of their school day (special class, alternative day programs, residential schools or hospitals programs). Although functional behavioral assessments and positive behavior intervention support are not limited to students with serious emotional disturbance, such individuals are likely to be in need of such interventions.
Developmental Delays (Global)
Children with developmental delays typically evidences substantial challenges intellectually, academically, socially, and physically. The needs of such children are often quite extensive. Services included within an IEP may include special education instruction, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, adaptive physical education, counseling and 1-1 support from a paraprofessional within a general education setting or more restrictive environment.
Individuals with learning disabilities exhibit a wide range of abilities and disabilities. Federal regulations on Special Education (The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act) identify students who have a “disorder in one or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using language, spoken or written, that may manifest itself in an imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell, or to do mathematical calculations, including conditions such as perceptual disabilities, brain injury, minimal brain dysfunction, dyslexia, and developmental aphasia.”
“Students who have a specific learning disability do not evidence learning problems that are primarily the result of visual, hearing, or motor disabilities, of mental retardation, of emotional disturbance, or of environmental, cultural, or economic disadvantage.”
Some students with learning disabilities evidence challenges in only one or two areas of academic achievement (e.g. reading and written language) while others have disabilities in several areas including reading, oral expression, written expression and mathematics. Some students have verbal learning disabilities while others exhibit nonverbal learning disabilities (spatial disorders). Most students with learning disabilities can be accommodated successfully. However, some students with learning disabilities require specialized instruction provided within special classes, day programs, specialized school programs and even residential environments.
Like all students with disabilities, the aim of special education is to meet the unique needs of person with disabilities within the least restrictive environment in which that individual can experience success.
Dr. Steven C. Imber, Ph.D | Consulting Office: 401-421-4004 and 516-273-1961 | Fax: 866-379-2984