Special Education frustrations for Kansas parents

Paraprofessionals:
Is a paraprofessional assisting your child in any way during the school day?
Many school districts instruct paraprofessionals to avoid conversation with parents, and, do not share with the paraprofessionals the relevant information on the IEP that would assist the paraprofessional from understanding goals for the child. Many districts do not allow paras to attend IEP meetings on school time.
What can a parent do?  Parents can directly share an IEP with the paras, set up email communications with teachers that cc: the para(s), and directly invite paras to IEP meetings. 
Paras often know more about our kids than the teachers who are often overwhelmed. 
Paras and teachers are greatly appreciated!

Fixing IEP problems at public school in Kansas

Let’s examine what parents attempt to  fix IEP problems. But is that really the issue that needs addressed? Perhaps it’s something more.

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Parents can have more control

Hypothetically, let’s say a child had needs/goals that went unaddressed or misaddressed for an entire school year, and as a result, the child now struggles more and has significantly regressed because of the public school’s failures.

Parents commonly pursue resolving this dilemma by:

  1. request another IEP meeting
  2. have meetings (not IEP meetings) with administratorsphotoboybooks
  3. call or take a friend to help
  4. call a case manager from a different system to go to a meeting

Did any of these help the child recover from the regression?

Other parents commonly pursue resolving this dilemma in these ways:

  1. contact a non-profit agency who trains parents
  2. contact a non-profit whose staffer or volunteer goes to an IEP meeting (sometimes waiting for weeks to get processed in a system)

Did any of these help the child recover from the regression?the-iep-center

Congress has avenues in place for parents to pursue correction and regression. There are ways to press a public school to be accountable, and perhaps offer to make up for their errors.  We know the steps parents can take to pursue letting the school “make up” for their errors.

Don’t be bamboozled!  Waiting and hoping for problems to go away allows our children to regress.  Begging in the meeting usually doesn’t work.  Hoping the problem will go away will only delay getting the problem addressed.  Waiting too long to address concerns eliminates opportunities for correction. Time is your enemy.

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Don’t be bamboozled!  Waiting and hoping for problems to go away allows our children to regress.  Hoping the problem will go away will only delay getting the problem addressed.  Waiting too long to address concerns may eliminate opportunities for correction.

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IEP service for Kansas parents

Many parents are contacting us to share accounts of high school freshman who’s positive behavior strategies used in middle school no longer apply in high school, even though the IEP from middle school still applies.100_0666

Public school staff often don’t understand the importance of proactively implementing behavior plans and accommodations.  Many students with ADD or ADHD need time for extra movement; or to do their desk work while standing.  Advocates at TheIEPCenter.com™ help parents solve IEP problems by providing information so they can advocate for the child with special needs.  We go to IEP meetings.  Schools often don’t put plans into place legitimately unless a parent pursues action.  Educational “systems” move slowly.  It’s what a parent doesn’t know that can deprive children of needed services.

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Don’t be bamboozled!  Waiting and hoping for problems to go away allows our children to regress.  Hoping the problem will go away will only delay getting the problem addressed.  Waiting too long to address concerns eliminates opportunities for correction.

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School Advocate to Kansas Parents

More and more I see parents of children with disabilities who have been bamboozled by the inflated egos of certain public school administrators.  It seems the status quo is what the system seeks for their student, although the parent assumes and expects that “specialized”  instruction is being provided to the “special” child.100_0669

The first quarter of a school year has passed;  here’s some recent observations:

  • a second grade students’ mother learned the specialist who was suppose to meet quarterly with the girls’ teachers had not done so.
  • A first grader who was suppose to have someone assist him on/off the bus due to neurological problems supposedly had someone watching him from afar.
  • Another school district tells parents that their student gets “full direct supervision” in response to a parent requesting an aide for the student (what student in a public school doesn’t get “full direct supervision”?).
  • A dad indicates to a school that he wants his child to be “more independent”.  The school interprets this to mean less support from the paraprofessional; as a result the student lags further behind academically.
  • A district claims they use research-based curriculum for a specific group of children;  however,  the district cannot provide documentation that the  curriculum they purported being used was purchased by the district in years.
  • Administrators tell staff that only “building paraprofessionals exist” for our kids; no longer will one-on-one or personal paras be offered.  I see this tactic often used to mislead parents so that the school can eliminate personnel payroll.

No longer can parents trust that their child’s needs are adequately addressed at the school; the system responds to parents who know what to ask and to whom/when to ask it.

A professional advocate is available for parents to negotiate IEP concerns and prepare for school meetings and suspensions. There are avenues other than due process parents may choose to pursue!  http://bit.ly/iepconsult

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child advocates can go to IEP meeting with parent in Kansas

A parent can take to IEP meetings whomever the parent may invite according to special ed  (IDEA) regulations.NICHCYcongress2

Some parents take family members, some parents take case managers from other agencies.  Taking someone is better than taking nobody.

However, who you take with you makes a difference.  In my experience, parents who took case managers from other agencies experienced the status quo from school district personnel.  After all, most case managers knowledge and experience with school districts is similar to how parents are treated regardless, and the school may know how to bamboozle them.  You and your case manager walk away from the IEP meeting assuming the meeting was productive which may not be reality.the-iep-center

Our advocates are familiar with the tactics school districts use to keep parents at bay which  results in the child receiving a minimal “schooling” of our child.  Over the years many parents expressed to our advocates the parent was treated with respect and much differently than before.

The IEP Center advocates are aware of information parents can use to work the system and not be bamboozled.

Has your advocate ever successfully participated in a special ed “mediation”? We have! We have been involved in mediations where the outcomes are accepted by the parent. The public doesn’t learn of those outcomes. Hmmm.  Mediation is not like an IEP meeting.

Don’t be bamboozled!   Parents who are serious about their child’s schooling and tired of being bamboozled use advocates at The IEP Center.  Parents who are serious about their child’s education use The IEP Center in Shawnee Mission, Olathe, Blue Valley and Leavenworth schools.

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