Special Education

How a Mother of an Autistic Child Started My Entrepreneurial Journey – Signing Families

Louise Sattler founded Signing Families because of a single comment a mother said to her at an IEP meeting.


Tips for helping your child with learning disabilities complete homework

Welcome to the 2015-16 academic school year! The number of children and youth ages 3–21 receiving special education services was 6.4 million, or about 13 percent of all public school students, in 2012–13. Some 35 percent of students receiving special education services had specific learning disabilities. (nces.ed.gov) What exactly is one to glean from these statistics?  For teachers in […]


When the Earth Shakes and Spins! How to be prepared for Earthquakes and Tornadoes!

If a hurricane hit your home today would have an evacuation plan? If you awoke in the middle of the night to the earth trembling and your home shaking violently- would you know what to do? Green skies are often the first warning of a tornado coming – where should you go? Dangerous chemicals were let in to the air following a train derailment near your home – would you know what to do and where to get credible information for either evacuation or sheltering in place? There are so many disaster scenarios that specialists in the field of “community safety” are figuring out strategies ...


Thank you, Miss Huntley

                     I loved the first day of school.  Especially when I was in elementary school as that meant a new outfit (Only dresses permitted in 1967) and Mary Jane shoes.  I would walk to the bus stop in my little suburban Long Island, New York neighborhood […]


2012 Holiday Newsletter from Signing Families

 Just in case you missed our annual holiday newsletter here it is..  **Happy Holidays to ALL! As we enter in to 2013 SIGNING FAMILIES will be offering ONLINE SIGN LANGUAGE interactive lessons via USTREAM Watch for our special announcement early January and learn how you can participate- FREE!** And.. we offer as a holiday “gift” our Just the […]


Disaster Preparedness for Special Populations

Hurricane Sandy is expected to make landfall over a large area of the east coast this weekend. Disaster Preparedness is essential, especially with special needs children and adults. A post written by Louise Sattler, Psychologist and trainer of First Responders for Disaster Preparedness.


Back on the Air with 411 VOICES Radio Network

Tuesday, August 21st at 11a.m. EST I will be back on the air via BLOG TALK with 411 VOICES Radio.  Once again, sharing a time slot with Dara Blaker on the the program, ARTS, ENTERTAINMENT and the BUSINESS OF IT ALL! I will be chatting about Back To School items for Special Needs Students.  Come […]


A Feel Good Story Meant to be Shared!

This video about Jason McElway, a young man with Autism,  has been around for a couple of years. Yet, I couldn’t help but post it as a reminder that amazing things happen in schools everywhere!  Bravo to the coach and all the students who rallied with support for Jason! Enjoy!


Happy Halloween Greetings in ASL!

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