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Can a General Ed Teacher Duck Out Early from the IEP Meeting?

04/03/14
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1. Does a general education teacher need to sit through an entire IEP, or just the portion that pertains to the child’s performance in the general education environment? 2. What if the gen ed teacher is sitting in only as an administrative designee and does not have the child in their class? Our district is […]

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The 3 Ps of Preparation for IEP Team Meetings

02/20/14
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How do I prepare for an Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting? There is a simple way to prepare for IEP Team Meetings. I call it the “Three Ps of Preparation.” Plan Produce Provide Planning is important as you prepare for IEP meetings. You will become better at negotiating for services because you will always have […]

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School Removes “Primary Diagnosis” from IEP – What Happens Now?

01/02/14
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My child entered special ed with autism / ADHD classifications.  Now the school wants to remove the primary diagnosis of autism from the IEP – to focus on the ADHD.  Why? If there is documentation from your doctors that your child has autism along with the ADHD, it should not be ignored. What documentation or […]

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OT Services in the IEP: Handwriting

12/12/13
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My 8th-grade son’s handwriting is illegible. His IEP includes OT, but no handwriting practice. The school district and OT teacher maintain that handwriting practice is not a function of OT. If your son’s handwriting is illegible in the 8th grade, you’re right to be concerned. When children write, they must make a link between their motor […]

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School Says Transportation WIll be Provided – But Only One Way

11/07/13
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My 5 year-old son with autism attends a school sponsored pre-school. He requires special transportation. The school principal has agreed to one-way transportation only. Since your child needs and the school has agreed to provide transportation from his home to school at the beginning of the school day, the school needs to provide transportation from […]

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IMO, Passing from Grade to Grade Means Little

09/26/13
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The district evaluation and our IEE show my 8th grade daughter has regressed and is falling far behind. Reading – 5th grade level. Math – 4th grade level. Verbal score 122 (93rd percentile) and performance score 72 (3rd percentile). She has had an IEP since 5th grade. The district says she does not need to […]

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Male Parapros for Female Students – A Good Idea?

09/19/13
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The school assigned a male parapro to my daughter with mild mental disabilities. I’m concerned about her safety and modesty. We are not comfortable with this. What can we do to ensure appropriate behavior when a male is assisting her, versus a female? It is hard to imagine a “reasonable” adult male who would be […]

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Can an Outside Professional Be Part of the IEP Team?

07/03/13
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The school said, “I am not sure if you are aware, outside professionals are not considered a part of the IEP team. Your doctor really cannot participate. Parents use professionals to bounce ideas off of, however, the school will set up services based on the IEP we write.” Check the federal statute and federal regulation.  […]

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Will My Child Benefit by Giving Up His IEP?

04/25/13
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My 4th grader with ADHD goes to resource for reading and math. His school wants to take him off an IEP and put him on a 504. His teacher feels he misses out when he goes to resource. She thinks he will do better if he stayed in class with a small group. What are […]

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Tips & Tricks for Getting Effective IEPs

04/04/13
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Things I have learned through the years that have helped me get a program to meet my children’s needs. 1.  Knowledge is power. I learned as much as I could about the law.  I used the internet, library and support groups.  There is a wealth of support groups online. Find one right for you. Use […]

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