How to Embellish a Sentence

At North Coast Education Services, one common question we receive from parents is how to help their child develop strong writing skills.  “My child’s sentences are so simple and one-dimensional.  There’s no detail.  They don’t know how embellish a sentence.”  Many times these students are working on an upcoming paper, book report, or presentation.  Some students are also struggling with dyslexia …

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Save the Date for the 2017 Summer and Beyond Fair!

Calling all families!  You won’t want to miss this incredible event! State Support Team Region 3 and the Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County are hosting their 19th annual Summer and Beyond Fair for Children and Youth with Disabilities.  This free event for Ohio families is open to the general public.  Come meet various organizations from the Ohio area who …

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Stay Organized — Creating an IEP Binder for Your Student

 Quinn Dombrowski Does this picture look familiar to you?  Piles and piles of papers that seem to stretch to the ceiling?  Any parent is used to collecting papers for their child, from report cards and permission slips to meeting reminders and art samples. But if you’re the parent of a child with a learning disability, then you’re responsible for dozens …

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Six More Days for the Jon Peterson Scholarship!

Have you heard the news? You only have six more days to apply for the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship! This scholarship is made available to Ohio students who have a child with a diagnosed learning disability.  The proceeds of the scholarship are used for the student to have an alternative education experience, as opposed to the public school system.  Students …

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How Much Do You Know About ADHD?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 11% of U.S. children between the ages of 4 and 17 have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD. That does not include the number of diagnosed adults. In spite of the number of adults and children who deal with this chronic condition, many people are still vastly under …

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Enroll in the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Today!

In 2012, the state of Ohio began the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program (JPSN). This program uses tax dollars to allow students with learning disabilities to receive services from an Ohio Department of Education approved provider. North Coast Tutoring Services has been a provider to the Jon Peterson Scholarship since its inception. We provide academic services to students according …

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How to Request a Multi-Factored Evaluation (MFE)

How to Request a Multi-Factored Evaluation (MFE)

As a parent or guardian, it’s painful to watch your child struggle in school. You may feel completely helpless and at a loss as to how to help. But you are not helpless. You can help! In today’s post, we will show you how to request a Multi-Factored Evaluation (MFE) from your school.  The results of this evaluation will play …

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4 Steps to Helping a Child Struggling in School

No parent wants to see their child struggle in school. It’s heartbreaking. But how can you tell if it is a casual problem or something more serious? What should you do? Here are 4 simple steps to help you discover why your child is struggling in school: 1. Talk to your child. If you have noticed that your child’s grades …

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What do IQ Numbers Really Mean?

My Child Is Really Smart – What Do IQ Numbers Really Mean? by Carole Richards   I see more and more children whose parents see a different child than their school sees. For example, today I met with a “brilliant” ten-year-old that is miserable in school. Having read thousands of school psychologist and neuropsychologist testing reports, I have developed a …

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Northeast Ohio Recreational Opportunities for the Mentally and Physically Challenged

A few months ago, North Coast Education Services participated in the Connecting for Kids 5th annual Meet and Greet event. We had a wonderful time mingling with families and fellow organization committed to help struggling students succeed. While we were there, we learned about a fantastic organization: Special Stars of the North Coast a recreational group for the mentally and …

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