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A Week at PEAK - Tuesday

The PEAK Editorial Team presents: "A Week at PEAK" in which we will give you an extra special sneak PEAK into our new office space at 917 East Moreno Ave., spotlighting our incredible staff members and innovative projects! Stay tuned every day this week to meet a new member of our staff and hear about their journey to PEAK as well as their impact on families across Colorado. On this Terrific Tuesday, we are pleased to introduce you to PamRead more

A Week at PEAK - Wednesday

The PEAK Editorial Team presents: "A Week at PEAK" in which we will give you an extra special sneak PEAK into our new office space at 917 East Moreno Ave., spotlighting our incredible staff members and innovative projects! Stay tuned every day this week to meet a new member of our staff and hear about their journey to PEAK as well as their impact on families across Colorado. Meet Nick Harmon! Nick is one of our Office Support Staff Members.Read more

Success for Jonah

May 2018 Dear Friend of PEAK: Meet the Scott family: Daryl, Suzi, Jordan, Adriana, and Jonah. They are a typical American family with lots of laughter, late nights of homework, going to the movies, Dad and Jonah working on cars together on weekends. However, Jonah, has a diagnosis of autism. This diagnosis came when Jonah was very young, with the family soon realizing that life was going to be different for them as they were thrust into the roles ofRead more

The Sky is the Limit for Ali!

Meet the Roman family - Andi, Chuck, Grant, and Ali. Ali was born with Down syndrome. The sky is the limit for both of the Roman children, though they knew there would likely be some challenges for Ali. As they began determining what was best for their little girl, Andi’s own mother, a long-time educator and school-change coach, did not believe that inclusion was the answer for Ali. However, Andi and Chuck were determined to make sure all things wereRead more

Finding the Light through PEAK Parent Center

Sid and Carole’s world was bright with the anticipation of the birth of a daughter. When the much awaited day arrived, along with the immense joy of giving birth to their little girl,Yara, they faced many challenges. Life was now very complex having a special needs child, and it cast a dark shadow on this special time. Garden variety parenting advice they received from friends and family fell woefully short in meeting their needs. Sid and Carole found themselves franticallyRead more

How Failure Turned into Success: Stacy and Brandon

Like any other parent, Stacy is a mother who has big dreams for her fourth grade son, Brandon. Her dreams were challenged when Brandon started to fall behind in school. Tension mounted as she became aware that her son’s needs were not being met. Communication with his teachers became difficult and frustrating. Stacy needed help. How could she get the staff at Brandon’s school to “hear” her so he could succeed? Stacy found hope for Brandon at PEAK Parent Center.Read more

Learning Disabilities, Teacher Training, and ESSA in Colorado

By Debbie Campbell, Understood.org Parent Fellow for the National Center for Learning Disabilities ( ncld.org ) When I started my career as a long-term substitute teacher, I was placed in a special education classroom. I really didn’t know how to work with children with disabilities because my training program didn’t focus on special education. I had to learn on the job, with limited supports from the school. It’s been 16 years, and I’m no longer a teacher, but my experienceRead more