Did you know that the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) offers services that will assist your child with special needs as they mature into adulthood? Indeed. many services such as locating appropriate group housing and finding a job are available to New Jersey residents who apply for and get approved for DDD services.


Sussan,Greenwald & Wesler, a New Jersey law firm dedicated to working with and supporting families with special needs children, is eager to help you navigate the DDD application process. With our assistance, the services your child is entitled to receive are just a few steps away.


We invite you to join SGW attorney Andrew Meltzer for an interesting webinar discussion about "Preparing Your Special Needs Child for Adulthood: The DDD Application Process." This online webinar can be accessed from the privacy of your own home or office on March 1, 2018 at 10 am. Register today.


During this presentation, you'll be able to ask questions - privately - and find out a lot of important information about the DDD application process including:


•What is DDD?

•Who is eligible?

•How do I apply?

•How do I receive services?

•What services/supports are available?


At SGW, we understand that the life of a parent of a child with special needs isn't easy. Fighting for the rights your child needs and deserves can often feel daunting -- and exhausting. We are here to help you as you assist your child prepare for living as independent a life as possible as they age.


The DDD provides public funding for services and supports that assist New Jersey adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities age 21 and older . Services and support are available in the community from independent providers, and in five state-run developmental centers.


"Preparing Your Special Needs Child for Adulthood: The DDD Application Process” is set for 10 a.m. on March 1, 2018. Register for this online webinar today. We will send you all the information needed to log in and join us for the webinar.

Remember, information is power and we promise you'll get all the information you need to help your family navigate the DDD application process. Register now.

When you are preparing for what may very well be one of the most important meetings of your life, it’s important to be prepared.


Join Sussan, Greenwald & Wesler Attorney Lenore Boyarin, Esq. on Monday,  Dec.  4, 2017. From 6 to 8 p.m. at the Plainfield Library, 800 Park Ave., Plainfield NJ 07060 for a fascinating and informative discussion on how you can be the best advocate for your child when seeking services by avoiding commonly made IEP meeting mistakes.

RSVP by Dec. 2nd.
Call 908-884-4725 or 908-753-7333 to register or for more info.
or visit www.sussangreenwaldwesler.com/events

Monday, 23 October 2017 12:24

7 Facts You Need to Know About ADHD

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Article reprinted courtesy of http://www.adhdawarenessmonth.org
1. ADHD is Real
Nearly every mainstream medical, psychological, and educational organization in the United States long ago concluded that Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a real, brain-based medical disorder. These organizations also concluded that children and adults with ADHD benefit from appropriate treatment. ADHD iconSM
2. ADHD is a Common, Non-Discriminatory Disorder
ADHD is a non-discriminatory disorder affecting people of every age, gender, IQ, religious and socio-economic background.
In 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the percentage of children in the United States who have ever been diagnosed with ADHD is now 9.5%. Boys are diagnosed two to three times as often as girls.
Among adults, the Harvard/NIMH National Comorbidity Survey Replication found 4.4% percent of adults, ages 18-44 in the United States, experience symptoms and some disability. 
ADHD, AD/HD, and ADD all refer to the same disorder. The only difference is that some people have hyperactivity and some people don’t.
Thursday, 19 October 2017 18:40

What is A Sensory Processing Disorder?

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Does your child crash into walls? Does she throw a tantrum when you try to brush her teeth? Does he cover his ears in a crowded amusement park or shy away from birthday parties? Does she seem insensitive to pain, or overly sensitive to sound or light?

If so, your child may be one of many children who have difficulty processing the information that they take in through their senses.  When children have difficulty processing, or making sense of the sensory information they take in, they may have difficulty responding appropriately in a given situation or environment.  When this difficulty is so severe that it impedes daily functioning, the child may be said to have a Sensory Processing Disorder (an "SPD"). 

For a few glorious weeks each year, classrooms are replaced with trips to the Shore, and your family’s summer vacation makes waiting for the school bus seem like a distant memory. Yet, while it may feel like the year has just ended, it’s never too soon to start planning for your child’s return to school in September. Here are 6 tips to help make the transition successful.

  1. Share your child’s IEP with appropriate staff members. The most important resource you and your child’s teachers share is the Individualized Education Program, or IEP. Provide a copy of the IEP to each new staff member who will come into contact with your child each day. This includes the teacher, the aide, and the school nurse.
  2. Open up a line of communication. Reviewing the IEP is important, but no one knows your child better than you do. The best thing you can do to create a successful new school year is to open up a line of communication with teachers and staff early on.
  3. Provide a comprehensive list of your child’s triggers. Over the summer, come up with a list of the twenty items you think your child’s new teachers need to know most. This might include your child’s triggers and what keeps him on track, social anxieties, and what kind of environment helps your child to do his best work.
  4. Set up an appointment to meet with your child’s teacher(s). Within the first week or two of school, make an appointment to meet with your child’s teacher – by phone or, preferably, in person. Ask to spend 15 or 20 minutes talking with your child’s teacher – or the whole team, if possible.
  5. Share your child’s stumbling blocks. While your child’s previous teachers should provide his new teachers with background information, your personal insights can jump-start the learning curve, shortening or eliminating weeks spent getting to know your child. Insights you can share in 15 minutes could take a teacher 8 to 12 weeks to learn on his or her own. For example, your child may have difficulty following multiple step directions. Letting the teacher know in September that this is a potential stumbling block can eliminate weeks of frustration for both student and teacher, and enable the teacher to meet your child’s needs more quickly and in a more positive way.
  6. Stay in touch with the teacher throughout the school year. Once September has come and gone, it is important to stay in touch with the teacher. Make sure your child is receiving the services mandated in her IEP. Understand what your child is learning every day, and try to reinforce those lessons at home. When teachers and parents are partners in education, children benefit.
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