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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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FYI: IEP Pop-Ups & Checklists

03/05/15
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It’s IEP season.  Do you have questions about IEPs? Time to learn, or review, what the law really says. (Hint: This may be different from what you have been told!) Let these Pop-Ups and Checklists help you stress less during this IEP season! IEP Checklist: Is Your Child’s IEP Individualized? What Does it Take? When […]

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How Do You Write a “Consult” in the IEP?

12/11/14
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My daughter will receive 10 hours a year of consultation from the Occupational Therapist (OT) this year. How should we write this in the IEP? Often the IEP just says that OT will be provided through the consultative model. This is almost as vague as saying “as needed.” Document the Details in the IEP OT […]

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Training in the IEP for School Bus Drivers / Attendants

12/04/14
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Are school bus drivers and bus aides who transport special needs children required to have training? Are they required to know the disability and be able to accommodate that disability? The need for training and support applies to all school personnel, including bus drivers and school bus aides. School bus drivers are expected to handle […]

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