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Teacher Limits IEP Goals So Our Daughter Isn’t Overwhelmed

08/14/14
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My daughter’s IEP goals were based simply on what her teacher observed. She ignored our suggestions and says she doesn’t believe the issues we have at home are a problem at school. Her teacher said she wanted only very limited goals so my daughter is not overwhelmed. She says this will leave time to work […]

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School Ignores What My Child’s Doctor Recommends. Should I Get an Evaluation?

07/10/14
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My 10-year-old 4th grader will be in a new, grade-level building, in a gifted and talented classroom. He has been diagnosed severely ADHD, OCD, anxiety, and Tourettes. His doctor recommended a parapro in the classroom but the school principal said, “We don’t have the ability to provide a para.” What is the obligation of the […]

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School Ends IEP: “Disability No Longer Affects Education”?

07/03/14
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I have an 8 year old in second grade who can now walk around after 80 different corrective surgeries. He has popliteal pterygium syndrome with his knees in a contracted position. His left leg is much shorter than the right. He is extremely tired when he walks for a long period of time. He also […]

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When Can We Add Accommodations to the IEP?

05/29/14
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I am a Special Education high school teacher.  The special ed administrator will not allow the Team to add an accommodation at the annual IEP meeting.  We can only add accommodations at the three year reevaluation so that tests used for reevaluation will back any new accommodation. Is this legal? A student’s needs – based […]

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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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