IEP meetings: what parents aren’t told Kansas

IEP students who have difficulty at public school who are often sent home, sent to in-school suspension (ISS), or out-of-school suspension (OSS) may not be in the right program, yet the public school doesn’t offer a “right” program. This predicament is addressed by Congress when Congress arranged for mediation between parents and schools.  Mediation is where parents can take more control of the problems with the public school. rsz_teen-reading

Often a Kansas IEP team doesn’t or won’t think beyond the routine in their building.  Serious matters require using a different approach to achieve reasonable outcomes for a student and mediation is where this can happen; mediation participants are not the usual IEP meeting attendees.

Schools may lead parents to believe that “due process” is the only option for the parent to pursue; this is not true.  A parent is being gracious to the district when participating in mediation rather than pursuing other avenues.

Advocate at The IEP Center is experienced in special ed mediation in Kansas; it’s an efficient and often quick way to resolve issues.

Don’t be bamboozled by the school!  Our advocates inform parents about what Congress has for parents to help your child.  Visit our website to set a phone consult;  theiepcenter.com

Advocates at The IEP Center help parents solve IEP problems by providing information so they can advocate for the child with special needs.  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 the problem.

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We help parents at low-cost.  We help parents prepare for school meetings and also go to mediation and IEP meetings with parents.

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IEP meetings in Kansas go nowhere for special education student

Student struggles with going to public school and doesn’t want to go anymore.  Parent requests and attends IEP meetings where solutions offered are not addressing student’s needs.  Repeated meetings do not lead to productive outcomes. rsz_meeting7

One way to avoid repeated fruitless IEP meetings is to take it out of that sphere and to a level where the players are different, the parent  has more clout, and the game is differentmediation. Congress put mediation in place for us (parents) and it’s where parents can allow the district to “make up” for the district’s past errors.  A mediator is provided free by the state.  MEDIATION IS NOT LIKE AN IEP MEETING!

Parents who had more than one meeting over the same topics with no positive results can consider mediation–it’s relatively quick compared to other approaches.

Contact our advocates who are experienced in supporting parents before and during mediation.  Setting up mediation can be tricky!  It’s what parents don’t know that deprive our children of services.

Some districts are difficult to work with, and make it difficult for parents to navigate.  That’s where the advocates at The IEP Center ™ can help. We help parents over the phone, and, often in one hour empower the parent!   Don’t let another semester go by with a child struggling needlessly. To get started, visit the website to set up a one-hour phone consult  www.theiepcenter.com

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Special Education Parent’s Advocacy Link LLC dba The IEP Center™ provides information to parents regarding the problems of children with disabilities.  We are not attorneys and do not give advice.  We do not represent parents or children.  Consult an attorney.  We are civil rights, non-attorney advocates.

We help parents at low-cost.  We help parents prepare for school meetings and also go to mediation and IEP meetings with parents.  Go to our website to set a telephone consult.

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ADHD student needs’ ignored

Accommodations listed in the student’s IEP included extended time to turn in assignments. One teacher disregarded application of the accommodation and penalized student by giving lower grades for “missed assignments” even though student didn’t know about the assignment or turned it  in later than the typical students.Teacher would later pull student out of other classes to talk to student, making a spectacle of the student.

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Some teachers have the mindset  allowing our student with special needs to have accommodations is “unfair” to the other students.  This attitude often results in poor grades for our student and a stigma.

This scenario snowballed into a fiasco that could have been avoided.

Public school staff often don’t understand the importance of proactively implementing accommodations. Advocates at TheIEPCenter.com help parents solve IEP and 504 problems by providing information so they can advocate for the child with special needs. Schools often don’t put plans into place legitimately unless a parent pursues action.

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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We help parents at low-cost.  We help parents prepare for school meetings and also go to school meetings with parents.

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Beware of homebound offer by school district for IEP student with behaviors

If your public school student has a disability that includes behaviors related to the disability that may be considered extreme, consider this:

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Public school districts can be misleading when talking with parents about the options for the child.

Advocates at the iep center.com help parents solve IEP problems by providing information so they can advocate for their child with special needs.  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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Parents must be proactive to pursue programming for their child who has behaviors.  If not, these students are often suspended or expelled.  Parents must ask “why” questions before behaviors occur.  Options are fewer after a student is suspended/expelled.

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IEP meeting surprises for parent

I recently attended an IEP meeting where two atypical events happened.

the-iep-centerFirst, the parent was asked an open-ended question:  what do you want for your child in the long-term?  The parent wasn’t expecting this question so she gave some answers that are what every parent wants for their child; self-sufficient, college, etc.  The parent also added some things we had practiced prior to the meeting that were in line with what she was working to accomplish that day; appropriate social skills and to be  understood by others.

Parents must be careful what they say in IEP meetings.  How others in the meeting perceive the parents comments can be misconstrued in how a student is treated by the school.

Second, when the school staffer who was running the meeting needed a signature from the parent, the staffer got up from her chair and walked all the way around the group to get close to the parent.PhotoManQuestionMark108962681

Typically the form is just handed across the table to the parent for a signature.  However, in this instance, the staffer used proximity to engage the parent in a more intimate manner.  Her positioning did not influence this prepared parent;  the parent made it clear that she needed to think about it at home before signing.  Again, this parent knew in advance of her choices prior to going into this meeting.

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Visit our website to arrange for an advocate to assist.  Marilyn McClure, CRP, is a certified teacher, parent of a child with developmental disabilities, and former due process hearing panel member in Missouri.

Advocates at The IEP Center are not attorneys and do not give legal advice. Consult an attorney.

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