With school in full swing, readers are sending more questions than we can answer. This issue includes answers to your burning questions about schools having kids arrested, IEPs for kids with behavior problems, and obligations of schools to kids with emotional problems.
1. Help! Schools Arresting Kids for Minor Behaviors
"Schools are having children with disabilities arrested for behaviors related to their disabilities. An outburst of any kind - a child who throws down a pencil during testing, or a child with autism who pushes another child who is pushing and shoving - is met with handcuffs and juvenile detention."
In What to Do When Schools Have Children Arrested for School-Related Behaviors, Pete Wright offers strategies to turn this negative experience into a positive outcome for the child.
2. IDEA 2004: What You Need to Know About IEPs for Children with Behavior Problems
"The school had my child with autism arrested. The charges were dismissed but I am afraid this will happen again. What can I do?"
In IDEA 2004: What You Need to Know About IEPs for Children with Behavior Problems, Pat Howey answers this parent's questions and offers strategies to use in dealing with this difficult situation.
3. Teacher Asks "What Are School's Obligations to Child with Emotional & Behavior Problems? "
"A student is a 15-year-old tenth grader who is diagnosed as 'seriously emotionally disturbed.' He is functioning on a 2nd grade level in academics. His placement is in a self-contained classroom, with a few hours in general education."
Pete answers these questions with a few of his own - and offers a plan to help the child - in What Are the School's Obligations to Children with Emotional and Behavior Problems?
4. Special Ed Law & Advocacy Programs in IL & OK- Boot Camps in FL & MD
Wrightslaw offers a variety of special education law and advocacy programs taught by nationally-known experts in the field.
The Fall 2006 schedule includes these programs:
October 28: Champaign, IL - Special Education Law & Advocacy Training by Wayne Steedman and Pat Howey, sponsored by the C-U Autism Network. Download Registration Form.
December 5: Oklahoma City, OK - Special Education Law & Advocacy Training sponsored by Oklahoma Disability Law Center. Speakers: Pete and Pam Wright.
* Boot Camps *
November 4-5: Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Special Education Law & Advocacy Bootcamp by Wayne Steedman and Pat Howey, sponsored by the Unicorn Children's Foundation. Download Flyer & Registration Form
2006-2007 Schedule l Program Descriptions l Online Training
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