Do IEPs Have to be Honored until the Expiration Date?

I want to revise my child’s IEP, but the school says they have to honor the IEP until the current expiration date? An IEP does NOT have to be “honored until the expiration date.” Circumstances and needs change. You can request an IEP meeting at any time. You can ask that the IEP be changed at any time. The fact that you consented to the IEP does not mean you are stuck with it – …Read more

Yes or No? IEP Meetings Can Only Be 1 Hour Long

I’ve been a special ed teacher for 25 years.  I have questions about two things my Supervisor told me this year. 1. An IEP meeting cannot last more than one hour.  If the time runs over, I must stop the meeting and reschedule another one. 2.  No times were completed on the IEP, but I must sign it anyway. You’ve been a sped teacher for 23 years so you’ve probably heard or been told things …Read more

Change of Services in High School – “That’s All We Offer!”

My daughter is in middle school, where she receives skills support every day in an inclusion program. At the annual review, we were told she will now only receive skills support every other day because that is all the high school offers.  Can the district automatically make this change? Your daughter’s educational program and services are developed by the IEP Team (you are part of that Team) and written in the IEP. The Model IEP …Read more

Change of Services in High School – “That’s All We Offer!

My daughter is in middle school, where she receives skills support every day in an inclusion program. At the annual review, we were told she will now only receive skills support every other day because that is all the high school offers.  Can the district automatically make this change? Your daughter’s educational program and services are developed by the IEP Team (you are part of that Team) and written in the IEP. The Model IEP …Read more

New DoD Special Ed Regs Level the Playing Field for Military Kids

On June 25, DoD issued their new Special Education Regulations which affect children with disabilities who are educated in their DoD schools. Many schools on military bases are operated by the local school district in that region and the schools are not operated by the DoD. These new regs do not apply in those instances. Instead IDEA 2004 and our current US Dept of Ed regs apply in the same manner as any child with …Read more

Legal? Child Study Intervention Plan Instead of IEP

Is is legal to keep a child on a Child Study Intervention Plan for years after the eligibility process? Interesting question from Virginia. Here are the facts we know. Twice-exceptional child, ADHD/gifted and talented. Good grades and yearly school test scores. Psychological testing shows executive function defects, particularly processing speed, memory. Written expression issues. The child was evaluated by the school and found not eligible for a 504 plan or an IEP. The school team …Read more

Requesting a 1 to 1: Be Careful What You Wish For!

When parents request a one-to-one aide or paraprofessional for their child with a disability, they are often frustrated by the school district’s response. Even when the district agrees to their request, parents may be dissatisfied with the results. As an old saying goes, “It is never safe to assume.” This warning also applies to assumptions about one-to-one aides. Parents need to know what they want how to get it what outcomes they expect What is …Read more

The School is Taking Away My Son’s Para

My 4th grade son has a one-one para. He has autism, is easily distracted, and has a hard time staying on task. The school said since he has no severe behaviors, they will take away his para. The principal said my son didn’t need a “crisis management” para. Can the school just delete this from his IEP? Documentation and Data! You are an essential part of the IEP team that reviews and revises your son’s …Read more

Why Did the Teacher Give Us the SAME IEP as Last Year?

My son’s special ed teacher decided to give us the same IEP from last year? Is this legal? She didn’t even make out a new one! You are not alone.  We receive email every day with questions like yours. The goals in my child’s IEP never change from one year to the next. “Evan will improve his reading skills” is in every IEP since he entered special ed four years ago. Get out your Special …Read more