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How Do I “Fight” for My Son’s Needs?

12/18/14
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My 10-year-old has just been diagnosed as ADHD, OCD, anxiety, and Tourette’s Disorder. His doctor has recommended a parapro. Should we get an IEP or 504? I need to know how to proceed if I need to “fight” for this for my son. Advocacy Advice from the Community Helpline – From David… If you haven’t […]

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Reminder – A Tropical Resort in Des Moines Iowa?

11/10/14
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Register Today! The Ramada Tropics Resort and Conference Center in Des Moines, IA will house this Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Training with Pete Wright, Esq. This November 18, 2014 is sponsored by ASK Resource Center. Registration includes morning coffee, lunch and four Wrightslaw books, Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition, Wrightslaw: From Emotions […]

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Where Can I Find Names of Reading Tests?

11/06/14
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My son will enter 6th grade, 3 years behind in reading. I think he has dyslexia. The school states he is “making progress.” I requested all his reading tests that show “progress.” Please tell me the name of the tests the school should have performed when screening for reading. What tests should they have used […]

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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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Pre-Pub Special Ends May 20th! New Book! Wrightslaw: All About Tests and Assessments

05/19/14
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At the printer now! Wrightslaw: All About Tests and Assessments by Melissa Lee Farrall, Ph.D., SAIF, Pamela Darr Wright, MA MSW, and Peter W. D. Wright, Esq. Take advantage of this special pre-publication offer: 25% OFF Pre-pub price $11.22 Regular Price $14.95 This special offer is good from Tuesday, May 6 through Tuesday, May 20, […]

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Identifying Children in Parochial Schools

01/09/14
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My child goes to private church school. I believe she has learning disabilities, including dyslexia, so I called the local public school to ask for an evaluation. The school told me they do not test students. They said it was my responsibility. Child Find Each state is responsible for ensuring that a Child Find program […]

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Cannot Teach My Child to Read? – No Way!

02/06/13
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“Your child is reading 7 grade levels below his peers.” How would you like to hear these words? That is what we heard after years of working with the school on behalf of our son who has ADD/LD and dyslexia. He was going into 8th grade as a primer (first grade) reader. He could comprehend […]

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Can the School Deny Special Ed Services Because of Absences?

10/04/12
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I was told that if a child has excessive absenteeism, he cannot receive special education services.  The school is not allowed to evaluate a child who has not had adequate instruction due to absences?  What percentage of absences would deny special ed services? Schools cannot refuse to evaluate a child who has frequent absences. This […]

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Since When is a Parent Required to be “Present” for a Spec Ed Referral?

08/23/12
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I am a teacher in the district and feel like I’m being jerked around by our sped director. She says a parent has to be present for a teacher to formally refer a student for special education testing? I don’t mean “giving/denying” permission to test. Does a parent have to be present simply for the […]

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Executive Function: The Impact on Math Skills

07/05/12
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My daughter’s executive function skills and processing speed are in the 1st percentile. She is far below grade level in math. She needs good instruction in programs/strategies that are scientifically based to help strengthen her executive function and math skills. The school just wants to accommodate. They say she just isn’t capable of learning math […]

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