Does Medication Make a Child Ineligible for an IEP?

My son is in the 6th grade. He has sensory processing disorders, executive functioning problems, and severe anxiety. He had an IEP for emotional problems. When he takes medication, his Continue Reading →

Alternative Placement for “Assignment Refusal” – a Helpful Strategy?

What does the law state regarding a student who is in mainstream classes yet refuses to do any assignments? He just doesn’t care. The staff has made extra effort to Continue Reading →

“We’ve Seen It All” – Lessons from the Trenches

When it comes to special education, Becky McGee and her 19-year-old son, Kyle, feel as if they’ve seen it all. Ms. McGee hopes her hard-won lessons might benefit other parents. Continue Reading →

More About Evaluations…

Can a parent request that the school use exactly the same tests when evaluating a student for his triennial IEP?  We want the same tests conducted to compare progress. No, Continue Reading →

4 Year Old With Behavior Problems: Eligible for Special Education Services?

I am a counselor with the local mental health agency. I’m working with a 4 year old boy who has been “kicked out of” two preschool programs for behavior problems. Continue Reading →

Can the School be Forced to Evaluate a Child?

What can you do if a school team refuses to evaluate a child? What can you do if the school team insists that an evaluation will not provide relevant information Continue Reading →

Should Poor Organizational Skills be Accommodated in an IEP?

What can be included in the IEP accommodations? Can we stipulate in my son’s IEP that he will not be required to keep an assignment notebook, but will have the Continue Reading →