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Starting a New IEP Advocacy Year: Back to School Tips

09/04/14
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It’s that time again! For parents of children with special needs, “back to school” means the start of a new IEP advocacy year. Here are some tips to keep in mind. 1. Get your back to school supplies for parents. Find out what you’ll need to help keep documents in order. 2. Update the school […]

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Where Does it Say in the Law That……?

08/28/14
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At Wrightslaw, how can we tell that school has started?  Questions from parents (and teachers) are pouring in each day. I have a question about…who has to attend IEP meetings? goals in the IEP? How do I search for information about… a special ed teacher revising the IEP?  behavior and discipline strategies? Where do I […]

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Have You Checked the www.yellowpagesforkids.com Site Lately?

08/20/14
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What can the www.yellowpagesforkids.com site do for you? Find educational consultants, psychologists, educational diagnosticians, health care providers, academic therapists, tutors, speech language therapists, occupational therapists, coaches, advocates, and attorneys for children with disabilities on the Yellow Pages for Kids for your state. You will also find special education schools, learning centers, treatment programs, parent groups, […]

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State Complaint, Non-Compliance: “The School is Trying to Intimidate Me!”

06/12/14
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I filed a state complaint for non-compliance with the IEP. My son’s teacher and aide are not familiar with autism. He sits in the corner of the room and does nothing. They are not following the IEP.  School staff falsified documentation, changed dates, and did not tell the truth at the last IEP meeting, so […]

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QUIZ: Are you an Appeasing Compromiser or an Assertive Parent?

02/27/14
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Parent advocates come in a number of categories. Do you know your advocacy style? Be honest.  Click the choices that apply to you. (You may select more than one). Then check the results to see how some advocates view themselves. Read more from Marie Sherrett about Assertiveness and Effective Parent Advocacy. http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/advo.parent.sherrett.htm

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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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Can We Hear a Little about What Teachers Have to Deal With?

01/30/14
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I’m responding to a request from a special education teacher who asked if I would “tell our side of it.” She wrote: Teachers are getting more and more students who say “I don’t have to listen or learn or stop harassing or assaulting others.” We are expected to try and teach students who WANT to […]

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I Don’t Understand Why the School Won’t…

01/16/14
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Can you tell me if I have any rights?  Here is my issue: potty training. My daughter is 8, non verbal and developmentally delayed. She wants to be potty trained. At home she signs when she needs to go. At school they ignore her signs and tell me they can’t possibly take her once an […]

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Running Out of Time to Teach Your Child to Read!

12/05/13
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My 11 year old 6th grader has always struggled with reading, phonics, spelling, and his handwriting is atrocious.  He is diagnosed with Auditory Processing Disorder. The most recent private evaluation discovered a major math delay. His middle school says he didn’t need any support and wanted to deny him services. We drafted an IEP with […]

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Could the School Want to Limit My Contact with My Child?

11/14/13
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I have a 3 year old daughter diagnosed with ASD. The principal requested that I meet with her and my daughter’s special needs teacher to discuss school policy about dropping off my daughter, assisting her with putting her things away, and picking her up each day. I am concerned the principal wants to limit my […]

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