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How can I support my child during an IEP and what are the 11 considerations?

Q: Where can I find out more information about an IEP or how to advocate for my child? A: Parents Reaching Out and EPICS (Educating Parents of Indian Children with Special Needs) are helpful resources for families in New Mexico regarding the IEP process including training and parent to parent connections. For more information about Parents Reaching Out call (800) 524-5176 or (505) 247-0192.  For more information about EPICS call (888) 499-2070 or (505) 767-6630. Q: What are the 11 considerations and why is it important for me to know about them?  A: In 2011, Governor Martinez mandated that at […]

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) refers to a group of disorders that are characterized by difficulties in social communication and restricted and repetitive behaviors. These are present in varying degrees in individuals; criteria for ASD is outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-5). According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ASD is identified in approximately 1 in 68 children. ASD is 4-5 times more common among boys than girls. Much effort is currently directed toward locating the cause of ASD. Researchers have identified a number of rare gene changes, or mutations, […]