School Issues

Articles in this section are organized by “General” issues, i.e, issues that apply to a number of disorders, and “Specific” issues, i.e., those are about particular disorders. Want even more than what’s on this site? Check out my books, displayed in the sidebar.

General Issues

Teach the “Hidden Curriculum”
Leslie E. Packer, 2009
Students with disabilities feel they are not well-organized, and we need to address that.

Developing Social Competence for All Students (pdf)
Vincent, Horner, & Sugai, 2002
Developing a school-wide program and incorporating social skills training in the curriculum

Helping Students with Disabilities Succeed in State and District Writing Assessments (pdf)
Warger, 2002

Assistive Technology for Students with Mild Disabilities: Update 2002 (pdf)
Behrmann & Jerome, 2002

Occupational Therapy in Educational Settings Under the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (pdf)

Bullying Among Children and Youth with Disabilities and Special Needs (pdf)
U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, 2005
Some statistics and information

Children and Youth With Disabilities in Public Schools (pdf)
Planty, Hussar, Snyder, et al., 2008
The Condition of Education – 2008 (NCES 2008-031).

Social Skills and Academic Achievement (pdf)
Steedly, Schwartz, Levin, & Luke, 2008
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)

Helping Your Child with Homework (pdf)
U.S. Dept. of Education, 2002
For elementary through middle school students.

Getting Ready to Go Back to School — in June?? (pdf)
Leslie E. Packer, PhD, revised 2003
To make back-to-school easier, plan ahead.

Tips for Students (pdf)
Leslie E. Packer, PhD, 2000
Some tips for high school students

The Warning Signs of Learning Disabilities (pdf)
Bergert, 2000

The College Search (pdf)
Judy Simon, CSW
Time to look for a college? Here are some helpful tips

Free Appropriate Public Education for Students With Disabilities: Requirements Under Section 504 of The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (pdf)
U.S. Department of Education, 2007

Assessment & Accommodations (pdf)
Luke & Schwartz, 2007
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)

Specific Issues

Panic Attacks in School: Symptoms and Suggested Accommodations for Students
Leslie E. Packer, PhD, 2004

Teaching Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Instructional Strategies and Practices (pdf)
U.S. Dept. of Education, 2008

Tic-Related School Problems: Impact on Functioning, Accommodations, and Interventions (pdf)
Leslie E. Packer, PhD, 2005
Reprints of my article in Behavior Modification (November, 2005) can be requested via e-mail.

Tic Awareness Exercise for Teachers (pdf)
Leslie E. Packer, PhD, revised 2002
Try it…. you may not like it, but it will give you some sense of what your student might be experiencing

Educating Children with Tourette Syndrome (pdf)
Leslie E. Packer, PhD, 1995
Disseminated to all schools in NYS by the NYS Dept. of Education

Consejos para manejar los tic en el aula (pdf)
Translation of material written by Leslie E. Packer, PhD

Educar a compañeros de niños y jovenes con Sindrome de Tourette (pdf)
Translation of material written by Leslie E. Packer, PhD

Consejos para integrar a alumnos con Trastorno Obsesivo Compulsivo (pdf)
Translation of material written by Leslie E. Packer, PhD

Strategies to Help Youth with NLD
Leslie E. Packer, PhD, 2004

Additional Resources

For additional resources on the impact of specific disorders on school functioning, see the corresponding disorder section under “Resources” on