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New DoD Special Ed Regs Level the Playing Field for Military Kids

07/09/15
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On June 25, DoD issued their new Special Education Regulations which affect children with disabilities who are educated in their DoD schools. Many schools on military bases are operated by the local school district in that region and the schools are not operated by the DoD. These new regs do not apply in those instances. […]

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Legal? Child Study Intervention Plan Instead of IEP

06/11/15
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Is is legal to keep a child on a Child Study Intervention Plan for years after the eligibility process? Interesting question from Virginia. Here are the facts we know. Twice-exceptional child, ADHD/gifted and talented. Good grades and yearly school test scores. Psychological testing shows executive function defects, particularly processing speed, memory. Written expression issues. The […]

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Requesting a 1 to 1: Be Careful What You Wish For!

06/04/15
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When parents request a one-to-one aide or paraprofessional for their child with a disability, they are often frustrated by the school district’s response. Even when the district agrees to their request, parents may be dissatisfied with the results. As an old saying goes, “It is never safe to assume.” This warning also applies to assumptions […]

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The School is Taking Away My Son’s Para

05/28/15
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My 4th grade son has a one-one para. He has autism, is easily distracted, and has a hard time staying on task. The school said since he has no severe behaviors, they will take away his para. The principal said my son didn’t need a “crisis management” para. Can the school just delete this from […]

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Why Did the Teacher Give Us the SAME IEP as Last Year?

05/21/15
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My son’s special ed teacher decided to give us the same IEP from last year? Is this legal? She didn’t even make out a new one! You are not alone.  We receive email every day with questions like yours. The goals in my child’s IEP never change from one year to the next. “Evan will […]

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Sleep Disorders, Truancy and Student Needs: A Complicated Mix

05/18/15
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I have a student with a sleep disorder and emotional issues. How do the compulsory attendance laws and a student with special education needs intertwine? Good question. All states have compulsory attendance laws. I am not aware of exceptions for children with disabilities, but suggest you contact your State Department of Education to find out […]

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Oh No! What Did I Sign?

04/23/15
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I signed the attendance sheet at my IEP meeting. Does that mean I agreed to what was said in the meeting? At the meeting, the school agreed to Orton-Gillingham, but when I got the IEP, it was not included. What should I do? Without seeing the actual document, there’s no way of knowing exactly what […]

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Should We Discontinue Services & Terminate the IEP?

04/16/15
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My daughter is an 18 year old junior who misses school because of migraines. She has an IEP for reading problems.  The Special Ed teacher doesn’t believe she has headaches, interferes in everything, and tries to control everything my daughter does. My daughter says she gets nothing from special ed. She wants to quit. Can […]

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Can Our Advocate Observe My Son in Class?

04/09/15
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Can our advocate observe my son in the classroom? The school denied my request and said, “only the parent can observe.” Members of the IEP Team The parents and school decide who they want to be on the IEP team, aside from the required members. IDEA allows you to invite individuals who have knowledge or […]

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Does the Team Write Goals for Parents in the IEP?

04/02/15
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The school listed this goal/objective in my son’s IEP. “Objective: The parent will direct all communication to the Principal. Parent is not allowed to call or talk to the special education teacher, other teachers, or teacher’s aide.” Can this be listed as a “goal” in the IEP? That isn’t an IEP “objective!” Goals and objectives […]

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