Wrightslaw l No Child Left Behind l IDEA 2004 l Fetaweb l Yellow Pages for Kids l Harbor House Law Press
 Home > Topics > Is My Child Entitled to a Personal Aide?


The Special Ed Advocate
It's Unique ... and Free!

Enter your email address below:

 

2014 - 2015 Training Programs

Oct 23 - Wilton, CT

Oct 25 - Olympia, WA

Oct 30 - Phoenix, AZ

Nov 6 - McAllen, TX

Nov 21 - Temecula, CA

Dec 4 - OKC, OK

Full Schedule

Be a Hero ...

 Jason at Ft. Benning
... to a Hero
Learn more

Wrightslaw

Home
Topics from A-Z
Free Newsletter
Seminars & Training
Consultations
Yellow Pages for Kids
Press Room
FAQs
Sitemap

Books & Training

Wrightslaw Books & DVDs
Wrightslaw Storesecure store lock
  Advocate's Store
  Student Bookstore
  Exam Copies
Training Center
Bulk Discounts
New! Military Discounts
Mail & Fax Orders

Advocacy Library

Articles
Doing Your Homework
Ask the Advocate
FAQs
Newsletter Archives
Summer School Series
Success Stories
Tips

Law Library

Articles
Caselaw
IDEA 2004
No Child Left Behind
McKinney-Vento Homeless
FERPA
Section 504
Fed Court Complaints

Topics

Advocacy
ADD/ADHD
Allergy/Anaphylaxis
Assistive Technology
Autism Spectrum
Behavior & Discipline
Bullying
College/Continuing Ed
Damages
Discrimination
Due Process
Early Intervention (Part C)
Eligibility
ESY
Evaluations
FAPE
Flyers
Future Planning
Harassment
High-Stakes Tests
Homeless Children
IDEA 2004
Identification & Child Find
IEPs
ISEA
Juvenile Justice
Law School & Clinics
Letters & Paper Trails
LRE/Inclusion
Mediation
Military / DOD
No Child Left Behind
NCLB Directories
NCLB Law & Regs
Parental Protections
PE and Adapted PE
Privacy & Records
Procedural Safeguards
Progress Monitoring
Reading
Related Services
Research Based Instruction
Response to Intervention (RTI)
Restraints/Abuse
Retention
Retaliation
School Report Cards
Section 504
Self-Advocacy
Teachers & Principals
Transition
Twice Exceptional (2e)
VA Special Education

Resources & Directories

Advocate's Bookstore
Advocacy Resources
Directories
  Disability Groups
  International
  State DOEs
  State PTIs
Free Flyers
Free Pubs
Free Newsletters
Legal & Advocacy
Glossaries
   Legal Terms
   Assessment Terms
Best School Websites

 

Is My Child Entitled to a Personal Aide?

"My child has bipolar disorder. Because he has behavior problems, the school sends him to the public library for an hour every day.

"If he had a personal aide, this person could help him avoid outbursts and negative behavior in the classroom. Is he entitled to a personal aide?"

Answer: Not necessarily. This varies and depends on the facts of the case.

We have
several articles about one-on-one aides, related services, and paraprofessionals on the website. Links to these articles are below.

But - I think you are asking the wrong questions. Read our article, Crisis! Emergency! Help! to learn about long- and short-term planning and how you may damage your child's case by assuming that you must DO SOMETHING!

Problem Behaviors Require an Assessment & a Plan

How does removing your child from school and sending him to the public library every day address his behavior problems?

Has the child been evaluated? Has he had a functional behavioral assessment?

Have you and school personnel developed a plan to address his problem behaviors? What positive interventions have been attempted? If you don't know the answers to these questions, read these articles:

Functional Behavioral Assessment & Positive Interventions: What Parents Need to Know by Dixie Jordan. Is the child a problem? Does the child have a problem? Is suspension from school "good medicine for bad behavior?" This article describes strategies parents and teachers can use to assess problem behavior and teach appropriate behavior skills to children.

Functional Behavioral Assessments: What? Why? When? Where? Who? Dr. Stephen Starin describes problem behaviors, functional behavior assessments, environmental manipulation, and qualifications and training of evaluators. 

Teachers Need Help with Problem Behavior

Why Johnny Doesn't Behave by Barbara Bateman and Annemieke Golly will help your child's teachers handle problem behaviors without taking him out of the classroom. The book provides useful, concrete tips to help teachers manage behavior. The section about Functional Behavior Assessments (FBAs) and Behavioral Intervention Plans (BIPs) includes sample FBAs and BIPs.


IDEA & Discipline

In essence, it sounds like your child is being suspended from school for several hours a week. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act includes specific legal requirements about what schools must do when children have behavior problems. Read these articles to learn about these requirements:

Disciplining Students With Disabilities by Kevin P. Dwyer, NCSP.

More articles, resources, caselaw, & publications about Discipline & Behavior.

Aides Lack Training & Skills

Most aides do not have the training and skills to teach your child how to master emotional outbursts and problem behaviors.

Several studies have found that children with aides are isolated from their teachers and their peers. In too many cases, aides speak for children, creating barriers between the child and others.

Untrained aides tend to do things for children, instead of teaching children how to do things for themselves. If the child becomes dependent on an aide, he or she is less likely to learn the necessary skills for "further education, employment and independent living." (Findings & Purposes of IDEA 2004)

Links

Assuming you decide to request an aide after you read the articles above, these articles will help:

How to Request a One-to-One Aide for Your Child. Parent attorney Wayne Steedman provides advice about aides and a game plan that includes evaluations and observations of the child. This article includes new NCLB requirements about education, training and duties of paraprofessionals.

Why You Should Request a Paraprofessional, Not an "Aide" by Suzanne Heath, Research Editor, Wrightslaw


 

Email Newsletter icon, E-mail Newsletter icon, Email List icon, E-mail List icon The Special Ed Advocate: It's Free!

 

Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition, by Pam and Pete Wright
About the Book

Wrightslaw: All About IEPs
About the Book

Wrightslaw: All About Tests and Assessments
About the Book

Surviving Due Process: Stephen Jeffers v. School Board
About the DVD Video

 

Copyright 1998-2014, Peter W. D. Wright and Pamela Darr Wright. All rights reserved.

Contact Us | Press Mission l Our Awards l Privacy Policy l Disclaimer l Site Map

New Book!

Now Shipping!

Wrightslaw: All About Tests and Assessments
About the Book

Check it out!

Wrightslaw Store

The Advocate's Store

Get Help!

Blog the Wrightslaw

Wrightslaw on Facebook

Find us on Facebook

Wrightslaw Books

Student Discounts

Military Discounts


Wrightslaw: All About IEPs

About the Book
To Order

Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition, by Pam and Pete Wright
About the Book
To Order


About the Book

To Order


Surviving Due Process: Stephen Jeffers v. School Board

About the DVD Video
To Order


To Order


Wrightslaw: No Child Left Behind

About the Book
To Order

Wrightslaw Multimedia Training


Understanding Your Child's
Test Scores (1.5 hrs)

Understanding Your Child's Test Scores

Learn More
To Order
Retail Price: $
24.95
Wrightslaw Special: $14.95

Special Education Law & Advocacy Training
(6.5 hrs)


Wrightslaw WebEx Special Education Law & Training Program (6.5 hrs)


Learn More
To Order
Retail Price: $99.95
Wrightslaw Special: $49.95