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  • 1 Sophie 12/17/14 at 10:50 am

    SON ON 504 NEEDS MORE HELP

    Maria, you can do the following:
    – write a letter to the director of special education, asking for OT services. Mention the diagnosis and the sorts of sensory difficulties your child experiences. Explain in your own words how you think OT services would help. You can make some classroom observations and then cite specifics if you like.
    – write to your CSE/504 chair asking for a 504 meeting. Share with him/her ahead of time your proposals for additional supports. Do not hesitate to propose a lot of supports. Be motivated by the sample 504 plans for diabetic students, which are really long and detailed.

    Good luck!

  • 2 Katy 12/16/14 at 6:08 pm

    MAINSTREAM INTO DIFFERENT GRADE

    My 1st grader is in a 12:1:1 class and his doctor requested that he be mainstreamed for ‘specials/lunch/recess/etc’. I sent the letter to the school and asked if I needed to submit a formal CSE letter. The school psychologist replied that no, they handle that within the building. It’s been two months with no changes. My child just came home and said he is going with ‘the 3rd grade class’ to art on tuesdays and that he’ll also be going to lunch/recess with them as well. Can they do that? Is that even legal? How is this helpful or considered mainstreaming when it’s two grades apart?

  • 3 chrs 12/16/14 at 1:50 pm

    WHAT HAPPENS WHEN AN ADMIN DOESN’T SIGN A IEP

    I was reprimanded due to a IEP that wasn’t signed by a Administrator. The Administrator in question, was consistently missing meetings and would sign the IEP after the meeting was held. My Administrators said I could be held liable because the IEP in question went to Due Process. Where in IDEA law/guidelines does it state, who’s at fault? If proper notice was given to the Administrator to attend the meeting and they don’t show up, is not the signature page for those who actually attended the meeting? Is a Admin allowed to sign after the meeting is held when they are not physically present?

  • 4 shell 12/15/14 at 11:56 am

    HAZARDOUS BUS STOP

    My preschool age child attends a private preschool in the morning and then attends our school district’s special needs preschool program in the afternoon. The district is refusing to pick her up from her preschool. They will pick her up on the road in front of the school, where the speed limit is 40mph. It is not safe for a young child. If we put in the IEP she is to be picked up door to door but that is against district policy, which one takes precedent?

  • 5 Chuck 12/15/14 at 11:24 am

    TEACHERS TOLD TO MODIFY GRADES FOR SPED STUDENTS

    As you say, IEPs are to be individualized. The approach you are dealing with is another approach to setting low expectations for children with disabilities. This violates IDEA & NCLB. I suggest contacting the sp ed director, if you feel that talking more with the chair will not change their position. You must also decide how much the principal should be involved.

  • 6 maria 12/14/14 at 5:25 pm

    SON ON 504 NEEDS MORE HELP

    I would like some advice on how to approach the school on getting additional help for my ADD son and sensory processing disorder. He has a 504 plan which does basically outlines giving him more time. He has a hard time completing work in class because he just gets tired (sleeping problems as well) and just can’t concentrate. He is below in reading and does not have extra help in class and I wonder if resource room might help. Please advice.

  • 7 ann 12/14/14 at 1:19 pm

    TEACHERS TOLD TO MODIFY GRADES FOR SPED STUDENTS

    I am a special education co teacher at the high school level. My department chair had told us that none of our students should fail. She also indicated that special education students should not be held to the same standard as general education students. And that a modified grade scale should be applied for all students in a co taught setting. I am struggling with this. All students are different hence the individualized word in the iep. Anyone have any thoughts? I have special education students in my class who do better than general education students. Why should I limit their achievements? Sincerely frustrated. Help!

  • 8 Sophie 12/13/14 at 10:55 pm

    FEAR RETALIATION – SAYS NO REVISION UNTIL ANNUAL REVIEW

    Mandy, write to the director of special education, not the teacher, requesting an immediate response to your request for an IEP meeting, and stating that you are not in agreement with the recent IEP. You need proof they received it. You could hand-deliver it and have them give you a photocopy of the letter with their “received on ” stamp.

    Contact the special ed compliance office in your state ed dept to find out how to file a special ed complaint, and what the maximum amount of time is that may elapse once the clock starts running, before the meeting takes place.

    It is illegal for any staff person to retaliate against your child because you have been a strong advocate.

    If you suspect your child has been bullied by a peer or by staff, see http://tinyurl.com/p6dnbcx

  • 9 Sophie 12/13/14 at 10:42 pm

    TEACHER HANDS OUT IEPs TO STUDENTS AND DISCUSSES IN FRONT OF EVERYONE

    Michelle, this sounds like a FERPA violation, “inappropriate sharing of confidential information”. You can file a FERPA complaint. Here is some guidance: http://www.deltabravo.net/cms/plugins/content/content.php?content.102

    Now that you know this, hopefully you can feel empowered in your conversation with the teacher. Sometimes people have good intentions but do not think things through sufficiently.

  • 10 terry 12/12/14 at 1:40 pm

    NEED HELP

    I had someone call this morning looking for a therapy for a 5 year old child with ADHD and behavioral issues. The parents only speak Portaquese is there any help for them.

  • 11 Michelle 12/11/14 at 11:49 am

    TEACHER HANDS OUT IEPs TO STUDENTS AND DISCUSSES IN FRONT OF EVERYONE

    My question is can a speech teacher give out my child’s IEP to him at a social skills group with other kids present. All the kids received a copy of their IEP in front of everyone. Speech teacher then proceeded to go over with them the parts of an IEP. I don’t think she mentioned specifics of anyone’s IEP other than it was obvious to everyone in the group that they all had IEPs and to anyone else in the room. My concern is that she embarrassed him (in high school) by letting everyone know he has an IEP. He is not the most organized and his IEP could end up being left somewhere for anyone to see. I thought other students where not supposed to know who has an IEP and who doesn’t. They can guess or assume but school is not suppose to tell him. Am I right or am misunderstanding???

  • 12 Chuck 12/11/14 at 11:46 am

    CHARTER SCHOOL OBLIGATED TO PROVIDE SERVICES?

    Very likely they are, but it could depend on what type of charter they are (private, associated with public school) & the state rules. Research charter schools on your state’s education agency website or check with your state Parent Training & Information Center.

  • 13 Aaron 12/10/14 at 7:43 pm

    CAN MY SEVERELY AUTISTIC CHILD BE HELD BACK?

    My child left the California school system going to third grade. When he was enrolled in Texas, he was in third grade for a month, then was put back into second grade once his IEP was complete. Is this legal? How can I get him placed back into the correct grade?

  • 14 Tracy 12/09/14 at 10:13 am

    CHARTER SCHOOL OBLIGATED TO PROVIDE SERVICES?

    My middle school son is in the process of getting an IEP at a charter school. He has dyslexia, dyscalculia, executive functioning issues, and ADD. I currently pay for a private tutor to come into school 3 days/wk to teach him the math done in his class privately. Thankfully the principal agreed to this. The principal stated to me in private that if he needs extra help/services determined by his IEP psycho ed. evaluation that they could not provide he would need to be reassigned to another middle school bc they did not have the resources. I don’t want this. Is the charter school obligated to keep him and provide him what he needs or can they transfer him?

  • 15 Stacy 12/08/14 at 4:50 pm

    NEED HELP FOR MORNING BUS PICKUP

    Is there any kind of help to get a special needs child on a bus in the morning because the parent has to work in the mornings? I need information for help. My daughter is 12 years old she needs help reminding her it’s time for the bus

  • 16 Chuck 12/08/14 at 11:48 am

    TEACHER UPSET – FEAR RETALIATION – SAYS NO REVISION UNTIL ANNUAL REVIEW

    Check the state education agency’s sp ed website or with the state parent training & information center to find what the rules say about the school responding to a written request for an IEP meeting. You may need to contact the district’s sp ed director or the state agency to try to get a meeting set.

  • 17 Sophie 12/04/14 at 2:42 am

    RESOLUTION AGREEMENT NOT RESPECTED

    My ADHD son had a 504. His needs increased and was dx Tourette Plus. I requested IEP. He was found ineligible. I got strong outside evals and filed for due process with help of a lawyer.

    The district then agreed to everything we were asking for — but only if we stayed with a 504. We agreed and signed a resolution agreement.

    The district is not respecting the agreement, for ex., instead of help with HW and organization in an 8:1 lab, he’s in a 20:1 study lab, with no individualized help.

    The lawyer says we can sue for breach of contract but that cost is about $7500 and it’s very slow.

    Is this something I could do myself? How slow is slow?

    Any other ideas?

    I don’t want to go to the press because another parent in my town did, and then received death threats.

    (NY State)

  • 18 mandy 12/03/14 at 4:47 pm

    TEACHER UPSET – FEAR RETALIATION – SAYS NO REVISION UNTIL ANNUAL REVIEW

    We received our IEP for this year in Sept. after having to request a copy multiple times. We are not happy with the IEP b/c it does not include what was discussed in the April IEP meeting. The reevaluation was done in Sept. but we only received a phone call to invite us the day of. They changed her school. We have requested an IEP meeting IN WRITING several times for review/ revise. The teacher told us she did not have to have one until The annual IEP meeting in April. The district is not being very helpful and we now fear our nonverbal child will be abused b/c the teacher is upset with our constant requests for a meeting. Where do we begin to resolve this?

  • 19 Jennifer 12/03/14 at 3:18 pm

    I am a private tutor for a middle school student who is up for formal evaluation for special services. Recently, during evaluation, the school psychologist told my student that she does need any special services “you’re just fine”. This was said to the student before all evaluations were complete, and before all outside evaluations (from parents, therapists etc.) were submitted.
    My question is, does this make the psychologists findings null and void, and does it offer proof for the parents to request an Independent Educational Evaluation to be completed and paid for publicly?
    What other steps do you suggest be taken?
    Thanks!

  • 20 Jennifer 12/03/14 at 11:25 am

    If a parent decides to revoke consent for services, must that parent legally be present at a conference?

    I have a situation in which in the parent consented for testing for speech therapy. When it came to have the conference to be placed, the parent called and informed that he had changed his mind and didn’t want his child placed. He also said that he could not get off work to attend a conference.

    Does he have to be present in a conference to withdraw his kid from the program, or will documentation of the phone call suffice? How about sending the revocation form home? Please help.

  • 21 Dee 12/02/14 at 3:06 am

    DOES FEDERAL LAW (IDEA) SUPERSEDE A STATE LAW

    Can the Colorado HB11_ 1277 bill (new Colorado Special Needs eligibility categories) supersede IDEA legislation and categories in the determination of a child’s edibility for Special needs services, an IEP?

  • 22 MORNING 11/26/14 at 10:33 am

    DYSLEXIA -WHAT TO ASK FOR IN IEP CORE TESTING

    I am not fully knowledgable of what core testing are required. However, my high schooler who is dyslexic is not a great speller–though his spelling improved significantly with interventions–however, Wilson, OG, etc. did help tremendously. Assistive technology is a huge motivator for our kids to learn and improve skills if they like the type of AT given to them. Through the right interventions, my child now loves to write–especially analytical writing and more spelling has improved. I must say that age appropriate interventions are key. More, an AT evaluation may help–please note that your own research into AT and your son’s interests in AT may motivate your son more to learn to spell, read and write and educate the school on appropriate AT for him.

  • 23 Jenny 11/25/14 at 1:13 pm

    DYSLEXIA -WHAT TO ASK FOR IN IEP CORE TESTING

    My 10 yr old has an IEP for speech articulation and math. Original testing 3 yrs ago in school. We privately had him tested 2 yrs ago, he’s dyslexic, dysgraphic and has dyscalculia. After wrangling with school, they’re going to retest him this year. He started private O-G tutoring in September that’s making a difference already.
    What testing should I request now?
    And what accommodations are helpful when we meet for IEP meeting?
    I want my son to learn to read, write and spell. In the past the math accommodations given by the school further weakened his math ability rather than strengthening it.

  • 24 KK 11/24/14 at 2:25 am

    FOOD ALLERGIES – WHAT ARE MY RIGHTS IN PRIVATE SCHOOLS?

    I’m applying at Private Schools for my daughter. She has a disability. She has Asthma , food Allergies and Life Threatening Food Allergies to peanuts and treenuts. One school didn’t not accept us because of them. 2 Parochial Catholic Schools said they could not accommodate her. One private school would not let her OPT out of the mandatory food program yet another child is allowed to OPT out and bring his own food. Our child’s immunologist will not sign off on her participating in mandatory meal program. It’s too risky. Another school will not accommodate our daughter by making special food for her in a allergy free area in kitchen- they won’t provide nut free table nor will they support the classroom environment and will not ban peanuts from holiday and other what celebrations in class room. What are my rights?

  • 25 Cathy 11/20/14 at 11:41 am

    DELAYED EVALUATION

    I was wondering what I can do to help my 8 year old son with written expression difficulties/ possibly dysgraphia (as per private OT in Jan 2014). After several SRBI meetings, a PPT will be done, but they said consent for meeting will not take place till January, 7 weeks away. (Last meeting yesterday Nov19) From there eval would start. I requested an evaluation in writing over year ago to his teacher. Is there anything I can do? Much appreciation.