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HVP October 2014

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Page 23 of 41 ■ Hudson Valley Parent 23 2 e take pride in providing quality, individualized, and personal care in a truly warm and friendly environment. 465 E Main Street Middletown, NY 10940 (845) 343-8212 BRACES AND INVISALIGN FOR CHILDREN, TEENS, AND ADULTS. Dr. Pachter is a Board Certifi ed Orthodontic Specialist and a Premier Preferred Provider for Invisalign. Warm, Child Friendly Atmosphere Children with Special Needs Welcome! Specializing in Children from Infancy to Teens Emergencies Treated with Courtesy & Kindness Nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral sedation and general anesthesia available areas he may need services. Additionally, it's a safe bet to have nonverbal toddlers evaluated, even if other parents might tell you to wait. When children struggle to commu- nicate, it could lead to behavioral problems down the road. "Early testing can lead to early services, which provides the child with support in communication and avoids frustration and tantrums," says Coyle. School-aged children If your child continues to receive services as he enters school, he will be placed on an Individualized Edu- cation Plan. An IEP is implemented by the school district to make sure your child receives the appropriate support and resources to stay on track in class. Yearly evaluations Once children have been diag- nosed, they will be reevaluated year- ly to update diagnoses and ensure the services they receive are still appropriate. "A diagnostic statement from your neurologist or developmental pe- diatrician can assist school districts in accurately prescribing needed interventions and supports for your child's education," Coyle says. However the evaluation turns out, the best thing you can do for your child is enjoy unique experiences to- gether and let him know he is loved and accepted no matter what. En- courage him to develop interests and get involved, whether that's through a sport, a music class, a performing arts group, or another avenue that appeals to your child. "Believe in your child's potential and work with her or his strengths. Parents know their children best. They are the best advocates for their children," says Stedge. Elora Tocci was born and raised in the Hudson Valley. She works as a communications manager for Teach For America in New York City.

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