Special Ed Advocate Newsletter
At Wrightslaw, our goals are to help you gain the information and skills you need navigate the confusing world of special education. In this issue, we look at behavior and discipline.
Discipline - still a hot topic; can school suspend or expel a child with
LD/ADHD; functional behavioral assessments; Wrightslaw programs in Sacramento
& Grand Rapids; discipline caselaw; free pub - IEP Team's Introduction
to Behavior Assessments & Intervention Plans and more; Why Johnny
Doesn't Behave - 20 Tips from Experts.
1. Discipline is a Hot Topic!
When the federal special education law was passed in 1975, Congress found that most handicapped children were not receiving an appropriate education - and that millions of children were excluded from school altogether.
with disabilities continue to be suspended and expelled for behavior caused
by their disabilities. If you advocate for a child with behavior problems,
you need to learn about rights and responsibilities under the Individuals
with Disabilities Act. The information in this issue of The Special Ed
Advocate will help.
In Frequently Asked Questions About Discipline, the U. S. Dept of Education clarifies rules for disciplining children with disabilities. Learn about requirements for appropriate behavioral interventions and functional behavior assessments, 10-day and 45-day removals; and special rules about weapons and illegal drugs.
2. Can the School Suspend or Expel a Child with ADD and LD?
Ellen writes: "Our son was diagnosed with ADHD at age 5. Recently, we learned that he also has serious learning disabilities. He is 16 and still in the 8th grade. The school knows about his diagnosis but never offered any help."
"Our son was suspended several times last year. Before he returned to school last time, we received a letter from the school saying they planned to expel him for the year. Can they do that?"
What do you think? Can the school expel a child with a disability if he has not yet been found eligible for special ed services?
Read our answer to this parent in Can the School Expel My Child?
3. Functional Behavioral Assessments: What? Why? When? Where? Who?
In Functional Behavioral Assessments, Dr. Stephen Starin describes problem behaviors, functional behavior assessments, environmental manipulation, and qualifications and training of evaluators.
4. Join Pete & Pam Wright for Advocacy Training Programs in CA & MI (July 2004)
a marvelous conference! I often leave sped presentations angry and/or
guilty because of all the things that have been done or not done. This
time I left encouraged, inspired and armed!"
5. Caselaw About Discipline
Honig v. Doe, 484 U.S. 305 (1988). Decision from U. S. Supreme Court in discipline case that involved two emotionally disturbed students who had academic and social problems. Clarifies that schools may not expel children for behaviors related to their handicaps; stay put; procedural safeguards are designed to protect children and parents; describes parent role.
Community Consolidated Sch. Dist. #93 v. John F. (IL) Excellent decision in discipline case; includes procedural violations, prior written notice requirements, manifestation determination review, suspensions for more than 10 days, expedited hearings, special education and related services under IDEA, "passing grades" are not evidence of FAPE, homebound instruction violated LRE, more. In Word In pdf
Visit the Special Education Law Library for statutes, regulations, legal articles, analyses, reports, and news.
6. Why Johnny Doesn't Behave: 20 Tips for Measurable BIPs
Why Johnny Doesn't Behave by Barbara Bateman and Annemieke Golly provides 20 useful, concrete tips to help manage behavior, including:
How to make expectations clear
The section on Functional Behavior Assessments (FBAs) and Behavioral Intervention Plans (BIPs) includes sample FBAs and BIPs.
Tip: Parents of children with challenging behaviors may want to order two copies of this book, one for them, and one for the school.
7. Free Pub! An IEP Team's Introduction to Functional Behavior Assessments & Behavior Intervention Plans
The Center for Effective Collaboration and Practice has published the 2nd edition of An IEP Team's Introduction to Functional Behavior Assessments & Behavior Intervention Plans. This Guide includes information about:
* IDEA Rights
Team's Introduction to Functional Behavior Assessments & Behavior
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