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Can Our Advocate Observe My Son in Class?

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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?

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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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Can an Outside Professional Be Part of the IEP Team?


The school said, “I am not sure if you are aware, outside professionals are not considered a part of the IEP team. Your doctor really cannot participate. Parents use professionals to bounce ideas off of, however, the school will set up services based on the IEP we write.” Check the federal statute and federal regulation.  […]

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We Need a Transition Plan with “Hands-On” Experience

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It’s now second semester of my son’s junior year and no attention has ever been paid to a Transition plan. The school has no vocational training, internships, or apprentice programs for any student. My son needs hands-on experience in his current school program. Shouldn’t the school provide these services? Transition planning is an IEP team […]

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Effective IEP Teams: Reality or Impossible Dream?


When parents build an effective team with the school, what does it look like? What happens at IEP meetings when staff and parents come together to develop an effective plan for a child with disabilities? It is basically the same set of people.  What is different about an effective team? 1.   Parents will get more […]

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Tongued Tied at IEP Meetings


Do you get tongue tied at IEP meetings, not knowing what to say at times? Here are some answers to questions and comments that have worked for me that I would like to share with you. 1.   “We don’t have to write that down. We automatically do that for our students”. What do you say […]

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IEP Team Members: Should We Replace the General Ed Teacher?


My son is 11, his academic skills are at the 4-yr old level. He gets one hour a week of APE, but we do not have the APE teacher on his IEP team. A general classroom teacher is part of the team, but my son does not receive inclusion services. Is it advisable to replace the general […]

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I Get All Kinds of Special Ed Questions from my Patients…


As a pediatrician, I get all kinds of questions from my patients.  Can you help me answer these two special education questions? 1.  A teacher in a school system wants to sit in on the IEP meetings as the student (family’s) advocate (not as a county employee). Can the school system refuse, saying it is […]

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Do Parents Have to Excuse Members of the IEP Team?


The bottom line is no.  If you do not agree, a required member of the IEP team may not be excused. If the school asks you to consent to excuse a member and you don’t agree, write a short polite letter to explain that you don’t consent because the individual has valuable information and insights […]

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Can School Attorneys Legally Attend IEP Meetings? – Jeff Responds


In November, I offered to research an issue and write a legal memorandum about whether an attorney for the school can legally attend an IEP team meeting.   Thank you to all who posted comments on my article Can School Attorneys Legally Attend IEP Meetings? I am finally out of finals and through the holidays and […]

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