Special Education Advocate

Holly Correa has been an educator for over 20 years. She has a M.A. in Educational Leadership, a California Administrative Services credential, in addition to a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential. Her experience teaching students with spectrum challenges such as Asperger’s and Autism, combined with her experience facilitating the IEP process, make her an excellent child advocate. On a personal note, Holly is the mother of a child with high functioning autism and has advocated on his behalf throughout his life. She understands first-hand the impact having a special needs child places on the family, and is passionate about finding just the right combination of support so that everyone thrives.

Please call Holly for your Southern California Advocacy needs. 805 512-2034

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If you need to find an advocate for your child, try searching the COPAA database of members who represent special needs children.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D.

I am an attorney at law and licensed psychologist (PSY 11415) in California.

I have had over thirty five years of experience with disabled adults and children.

I have created this site to help provide useful news and information for parents, educators and advocates. I am retired from professional practice, however if you need further information you may contact Pause4KIDS my affiliated non-profit organization here.

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It is important that parents have opportunities to enhance their knowlege about their children and the services that are available for them. Here are a few links to orgainizations that provide training.



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The Sandwich Kid: A Film About Siblings & Disabilities

Catalog of Study Skills Books

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The Everything Guide to Study Skills: Strategies, tips, and tools you need to succeed in school!

Author: Cynthia C Muchnick
Publication Date:2011-07-18
List Price:$15.95
Lowest New Price:$7.50
Here's something worth learning: Studying doesn't have to be a chore! This fun and accessible resource provides the tools you need to develop better study habits, boost your grades, and position yourself for academic success.

Educational consultant Cynthia Clumeck Muchnick uses a wide range of ideas taken from hundreds of students to help you find a unique, effective method suited for your individual learning style. You'll improve transcripts for college applications, ace standardized tests, and become a better student at any level of education.

This indispensable guide shows you how to:
  • Get the most out of class time
  • Use the best strategies for note-taking and memorizing
  • Improve writing skills
  • Prepare completely for tests
  • Safely and effectively conduct online research
  • Use Skype, iChat, or social media to form study groups
With this guide in your backpack, you'll be able to balance school and activities, avoid pre-test panic, and achieve consistently better results.

SOAR Study Skills; A Simple and Efficient System for Getting Better Grades in Less Time

Author: Susan Kruger
Publication Date:2016-01-01
List Price:$28.99
Lowest New Price:$14.44
The MISSING LINK is here! Join the thousands of parents, students, teachers, tutors, and schools using SOAR Study Skills, and find your undiscovered brilliance, today!
The SOAR Study Skills book is in over 4,000+ schools and in 35 different countries world-wide.
"Bottom line: Get the book; you won't be sorry. We've only had it for under a week, and it has already proven its worth 10 times over." 
Sharmian L. White, Parent   
10 Strategies Covered in SOAR Study Skills:                   
  1. Time & Task-Management
  2. Organizing at Home & School
  3. Writing Strategies
  4. Note-Taking Strategies
  5. Test-Taking Strategies
  6. Paper Organization
  7. Homework & Project Planning
  8. Communication Skills
  9. Reading Skills
  10. Goal-Setting
Why SOAR Study Skills? Apply the brain-friendly strategies, and...
  • Build Confidence!
  • Raise Test Scores in every subject area.
  • Raise Writing Scores in a single semester.
  • Raise GPA.
  • Master Executive Function techniques for improved intelligence.
  • Gain High-Speed Learning techniques that cut back study-time, as much as 50%.
  • Achieve - better grades... in less time.
How can SOAR Study Skills guarantee all of this? It's simple, SOAR teaches you what your school does NOT... how to learn. It is the most essential, fundamental, and basic element to any education, but schools still don't address it. National and state curriculum demand heavier amounts of content. But, teachers have no time or training for teaching the vital learning strategies and "life-skills" students need!
"SOAR has been a Godsend to our family...You have no idea!  My son has not lost one assignment or forgotten anything at school since I set him up with your Binder System.  You really demonstrated how to simplify the organizational process and I am so grateful to have found something that finally works!" -- Paul K., Middle School Parent
Is the education system setting students up for failure? Students are learning lots of new technical knowledge. But, very few are able to juggle their new knowledge, time, and tasks all at once. Organizing papers, managing time, managing tasks, taking tests, taking notes, studying, communicating, organizing at home... these are all HUGE functions in everyday school-life. Yet, schools don't teach any of it! Students struggle in school, not because of their lack of intelligence, but because they haven't been taught how to learn! 
What is the missing link in education? HOW TO LEARN! Get your child ahead in school by giving them the proper skills needed to be a successful student and more importantly, a successful learner.
The strategies in this book are appropriate for students in: upper elementary, middle school, high school, & college.
Do you struggle with test-taking? Flip to page 92. Begin to discover the tips and tricks you can use immediately, for test taking success. 
Do you lose easy points for missing assignments? Turn to page 43, and follow the easy to read step-by-step instructions to paper organization mastery. Then, say goodbye to zeros and missing assignments once and for all!
Special Features: 
  • Tips for students who live in two homes. 
  • Guidelines for students with ADD/ADHD.
  • Guidelines to help parents & educators use this book effectively with students.

10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less)

Author: Thomas Frank
Publication Date:2015-01-05
List Price:$9.79
Lowest New Price:$8.27

Becoming a more effective learner and boosting your productivity will help you earn better grades - but it’ll also cut down on your study time. This is a short, meaty book that will guide you through ten steps to achieving those goals:

  • Pay better attention in class
  • Take more effective notes
  • Get more out of your textbooks
  • Plan like a general
  • Build a better study environment
  • Fight entropy and stay organized
  • Defeat Procrastination
  • Study smarter
  • Write better papers
  • Make group projects suck less

Whether you’re in college or high school, this book will probably help you. But not if you’re a raccoon. I want to be very clear about that; if you’re a raccoon, please buy a different book. This one will do absolutely nothing for you. How did you even learn to read, anyway?

Help Your Kids with Study Skills

Author: DK
Publication Date:2016-06-07
List Price:$19.95
Lowest New Price:$8.78

Help Your Kids with Study Skills is a unique step-by-step visual guide with invaluable advice on how to support your child's classwork, homework, and revision, with effective study methods that suit a range of learning styles for the third grade level and beyond.

From exploring your child's preferred learning approach to using mind maps, flow charts, and mnemonic devices to handling test preparation and exam-day anxiety, this guide can help you place your child on the road to success. Jargon-free text and crystal-clear visual breakdowns help kids get their heads around tricky subjects, and a section covering math, science, history, geography, and other core areas provides subject-specific tips.

If you are a confused parent with a frustrated child who is struggling in the classroom, this latest book in DK's best-selling series can give you the tools you need to help them get the most out of school.

Series Overview: DK's bestselling Help Your Kids With series contains crystal-clear visual breakdowns of important subjects. Simple graphics and jargon-free text are key to making this series a user-friendly resource for frustrated parents who want to help their children get the most out of school.

Study Manual for the Test of Essential Academic Skills, Version 5: Reading, Mathematics, Science, English and Language Usage

Publication Date:2009-09
List Price:$48.00
Lowest New Price:$6.01
New for 2010, this book matches the latest version of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) that is used as a pre-entrance exam by nursing schools across the country. The proctored TEAS test, developed by Assessment Technologies, Inc. (ATI), measures basic essential skills in reading, mathematics, science, and English and language usage. With revised and updated questions throughout, this study guide contains instructional content in each of the four key areas, along with practice tests and answer keys, and a comprehensive test and answer key.

Middle School Study Skills

Author: John Ernst
Publication Date:1996-05-01
List Price:$16.99
Lowest New Price:$8.45
Student-directed activities help middle schoolers learn how to get organized, how grading is done, and how to develop good study skills.

Test Taking Strategies For Everyone: Learn the simple techniques that will allow you to improve your testing taking ability and grades today! (Study Skills Made Easy) (Volume 4)

Author: Vernon Macdonald
Publication Date:2014-07-04
List Price:$9.97
Lowest New Price:$8.35
Discover The Test Taking Strategies You Need To Get The Grades You Deserve 

If you've ever been frustrated with your test scores despite knowing the material, this guide is for you! 
We've all been there before. Despite our best efforts at learning the material on the day of the test we freeze up and seemingly forget everything. Why does this happen? What accounts for this test taking performance anxiety? The truth of the matter is that performing well on tests is actually a skill in and of itself beyond merely knowing the material. It's not enough to possess the knowledge; you need to learn how to apply it in a test environment as well. This is what Test Taking Strategies For Everyone is all about. 
Within its pages you will learn the following: 
  • Learn the techniques and strategies for becoming a good test taker 
  • Save time by learning how to study effectively as opposed to just putting time in 
  • Learn how to manage test taking anxiety so that you can perform at your best 
  • Learn how to defeat procrastination so that you can get on with what's important 
Learning the material but not doing well on the test is like running a marathon and stopping five feet from the finish line. 
Don't let this happen to you. 
Get Test Taking Strategies for Everyone and start getting the best grades of your life today!

How to Become a Straight-A Student: The Unconventional Strategies Real College Students Use to Score High While Studying Less

Author: Cal Newport
Publication Date:2006-12-26
List Price:$13.99
Lowest New Price:$7.24

Looking to jumpstart your GPA? Most college students believe that straight A’s can be achieved only through cramming and painful all-nighters at the library. But Cal Newport knows that real straight-A students don’t study harder—they study smarter. A breakthrough approach to acing academic assignments, from quizzes and exams to essays and papers, How to Become a Straight-A Student reveals for the first time the proven study secrets of real straight-A students across the country and weaves them into a simple, practical system that anyone can master. You will learn how to:

Streamline and maximize your study time
Conquer procrastination
Absorb the material quickly and effectively
Know which reading assignments are critical—and which are not
Target the paper topics that wow professors
Provide A+ answers on exams
Write stellar prose without the agony

A strategic blueprint for success that promises more free time, more fun, and top-tier results, How to Become a Straight-A Student is the only study guide written by students for students—with the insider knowledge and real-world methods to help you master the college system and rise to the top of the class.

On Course Study Skills Plus Edition

Author: Skip Downing
Publication Date:2016-01-01
List Price:$122.95
Lowest New Price:$77.99
ON COURSE: STRATEGIES FOR CREATING SUCCESS IN COLLEGE AND IN LIFE, STUDY SKILLS PLUS, 3rd Edition, empowers you with the tools you need to take charge of your academic and lifelong success. A self-assessment at the beginning of the text helps you identify behaviors and beliefs you may wish to change in order to achieve more of your potential in college and in life. Through short articles and distinctive guided journal entries, the author encourages you to explore and develop eight keys to your success: personal responsibility, self-motivation, self-management, interdependence, self-awareness, lifelong learning, emotional intelligence, and self-esteem. As you develop these skills, you'll find yourself making more effective choices and achieving greater success. The "Toolbox for Active Learners" provides numerous study skills that will help you excel in all of your college courses. As you learn these new strategies, you'll have the opportunity to practice applying them to solve academic challenges. With improved critical and creative problem-solving, you'll be able to achieve greater success in all parts of your life. Another self-assessment before and after the "Toolbox for Active Learners" will show you how much you've learned about being an effective learner.

Study Skilled...NOT!!!

Author: Julia Cook
Publication Date:2016-11-15
List Price:$9.95
Lowest New Price:$7.25
(Grades 2-6) Why Does Studying Have to Be So Difficult?! Some children become overly stressed at the simple mention of a test, while others avoid thinking about it at all. Neither approach is healthy. Having good study skills can make a huge difference when it comes to succeeding in both school and in life. However, good study skills are not innate, they must be taught, embraced and cultivated. When children learn the correct way to study, they develop effective skills that can lead to a greater chance of success later in life. Polar opposites, Cletus and Bocephus become study partners! Bocephus over studies and stresses about every assignment and test. Cletus studies as little as possible and puts off any preparation until the night before. Knowing that neither approach is effective, Cletus' mom introduces them to powerful, hands-on, study tips called, The Amazing Great 8! The boys then learn how good study skills can affect not only their grades, but also their attitudes and results. "Don t worry about that boys. Studying doesn't have to be so tough. As long as you do the 'AMAZING GREAT 8,' it won t seem near as rough."

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