Columbia School District

Special Education and Student Services

Resources for Parents


Come learn about the changes to CT's Individualized Education Program Form coming up for the 2022-2023 school year. This presentation will review the changes to how the form will be filled out, how data will be collected, and how CT Core Standards will be used to help develop appropriate goals and objectives. This is an opportunity to ask questions and be prepared for this new document at your child's Planning and Placement Meeting (PPT) next school year.

Autism Speaks

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. With the May 2013 publication of the DSM-5 diagnostic manual, all autism disorders were merged into one umbrella diagnosis of ASD. Previously, they were recognized as distinct subtypes, including autistic disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder, pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) and Asperger syndrome.

The Connecticut State Department of Education is the administrative arm of the Connecticut State Board of Education. Through leadership, curriculum, research, planning, evaluation, assessment, data analyses and other assistance, the Department helps to ensure equal opportunity and excellence in education for all Connecticut students. The Department is responsible for distributing funds to the state’s 166 school districts. The Department also operates the Connecticut Technical High School System.

This website is sponsored by the New York Foundation to help parents and families who are dealing with loss and the grieving process. When you click on the link below, you will find helpful information through featured articles on such topics as: Grief and Healing, Stories for Teens, Informing a Child of the Death of Someone, and Things to Say and Not to Say to a Grieving Child.

Does your child struggle with school? Does he or she dread reading out loud, writing an essay, or tackling a math problem? While every child has trouble with homework from time to time, if a certain area of learning is consistently problematic, it might indicate a learning disorder. By understanding all you can about learning disabilities, you can ensure your child gets the right help to overcome classroom challenges and succeed in life. To learn more about learning disabilities, click on the link below.

Check out all the great resources for parents and families on the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) website! Click on the link to peruse the “Information for Families” page with multiple links to information on: Back to School, Resilience, Behavior, Crisis and Safety, Diversity, Health and Wellness, Helping Children Cope, Home and School, Instruction and Curriculum, Mental Health, and Parenting.

Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.

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