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Why Schools Usually Say “No!”

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My son is going to middle school. Same district, new school, just blocks apart. His 1:1 (same para for 3 years) has been the best thing that has come into his life ever. We want his para to follow him to middle school. The Special Education Director says this para can not follow him. He […]

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Why Parents Should Get an Independent Evaluation


Last week we told parents to find an expert to evaluate your child and make strong recommendations about your child’s communication needs. We also  said… If you, a parent says, “My child needs an iPad”, that’s the last device the school will consider. Even if you were an AT expert, it would be hard because […]

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Walk in the School’s Shoes: Help them WANT to Help Your Child


As a parent, your ultimate goal is to educate school personnel so they want to help your child. The most important ability to use in resolving problems with the school is to put yourself in the shoes of the people on the other side and answer these questions: * How do they see the problem? […]

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