dysgraphia student struggles in school Kansas

Teenager with dysgraphia and ADHD had accommodations listed in the IEP for extra time to write assignments.  The teacher insisted he write assignments and was penalized if he turned in assignments using technology.

Many students today will enter a world where technology will be used exclusively.  An IEP meeting is needed to address these issues.

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Public school staff often don’t understand the importance of proactively implementing accommodations. Advocates at TheIEPCenter.com help parents solve IEP 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.  Sometimes years pass and teachers don’t know the accommodations that were tried in the past with the child.

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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special education student suspended ten days; hearing with Superintendent

Every May I get calls from parents whose student in special education has been suspended from public school. rsz_two-together-129219-300x203 Many of our children with disabilities have behaviors that are part of the disability.

There are procedures that the school district is suppose to follow regarding suspension specific for children who have IEPs.  However, sometimes the schools don’t apply the special procedures for IEP kids and treat the child as if he/she is typical, and apply the school’s routine discipline procedures.  This disregard is denying your child some educational rights.

Parents in Kansas who need help dealing with the public school for their child with an IEP can consult with a professional special education advocate at The IEP Center.™   Advocates also help parents when the parent wants an advocate to go to a meeting at the school with them!  Never go alone.  Click on our logo to set up a phone consult now!  or call  913-210-1200;  Wichita area 316-633-4204cropped-the-iep-center.png

Parents often need to work to make sure the public school system isn’t penalizing their child due the behaviors that are disability related.  Delays in addressing these issues may make it worse for the student and more difficult for the family to deal with stressful issues.

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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.

Advocates at The IEP Center can help a parent be one step ahead of the school.  Don’t be bamboozled!AngelsenseRunnerJPEG

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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.

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Kansas parents enroll IEP special ed students

As parents in Kansas enroll their IEP student for school year 2014-15, they may not be aware school’s  staff doesn’t really understand the needs of the child.  This is why the Congress put the IEP process into place and the opportunity for a parent to trigger evaluations.the-iep-center (800x640)

Parents can check to see how many years’ have passed since the school last did a COMPLETE evaluation of the child to assess all areas of SUSPECTED disability.  Parents can request the school do this after one year has passed.

Also, parents can trigger the school to pay for outside evaluations, called “Independent Educational Evaluations”.  There are parameters for this including that it is triggered by the parent as a result of the parent’s disagreement with the evaluation conducted by the school district.

Independent Educational Evaluations (IEE) often prove helpful to both the student and staff since the IEE often points out areas that need to be addressed.

Parents in Kansas who need help dealing with the public school for their child with an IEP can consult with a professional special education advocate at The IEP Center.   Advocates also help parents when the parent wants an advocate to go to a meeting at the school with them!  Never go alone.

Parents often need to work to make sure the public school system isn’t failing their child.  Passing grades doesn’t necessarily mean your child is learning.rsz_diversityboyinclasslookingatbook

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