Special Education Advocates

When a parent of a special needs child becomes increasingly frustrated, experiencing roadblocks in their efforts to intercede with their child’s school to access educational supports and services for their child, a consultation with a special education advocate should be considered.

The Importance of Independent Educational Evaluations

Evaluations, also called "assessments" in some states, provide valuable information regarding the nature and extent of your child’s disability as well as the impact the condition may have on his or her education. Strengths and weaknesses identified through this process form the basis for your child’s present levels of performance, or your child’s baseline of functioning in the area of evaluation.

The Role of the Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE)

The IEP Process: What You Need to Know

Beginning at age 3 and throughout your child’s education, if you suspect that your child has special needs, he/she may be eligible for support from the local school district. To determine this, assessments must be conducted, which can be requested by the parent. Once assessed, an IEP (Individualized Education Program) meeting will be held to discuss potential eligibility and appropriate placement/supports.

Transition Plans Matter

Transition plans are a vital part of an IEP document for any student over the age of sixteen. In California, the state law requires that no later than age sixteen, a student’s IEP must include appropriate, measurable post-secondary goals and transition services needed to assist your child in reaching those goals. [Cal.Ed.Code §56345(8)(a)].

Where Is the Compassion in an IEP?

When an assessment team convenes to evaluate and report the results of testing a child for learning disabilities, the experience can be overwhelmingly stressful and negative for the parents hearing the news.

I just witnessed a 3-hour IEP during which was the mother was not once reassured that her child would ever achieve his full potential.

Making IEP goals that support Language and Communication: Tweaking the plan in the New Year

As our kids spend many hours per day in the classroom, their teachers and specialists track their progress (or lack thereof) by following the goals in their Individual Educational Plan (IEP). Supporting your child’s daily opportunities to attend to language and to talk thru speech or alternative means will enrich their learning and output each day. Below are some suggestions and examples of increasing those opportunities by pairing them with your child’s life experiences.