who to take to IEP meeting in Kansas

Parents:  you can invite people to attend your child’s IEP meeting.  We are not aware of any regulation that requires parents to inform the public school whom a parent brings.  Parents have more control over planning our child’s schooling than we often realize!


One of the most overlooked people to invite is the paraprofessional(s) who work with the student.  Parents can notify the special ed administrator in advance that the parent is inviting the para.  Often the para is the person at the school who knows the child the best.

Districts’ sometimes place a heavy burden on paras, especially when the para has no skills related to the disability.  Paras usually go through a “training”, however it is often unrelated to our child’s special need(s). Often paras never see the IEP document.

Many times the para is not a good match for a student and problems arise.  Parents can find ways to privately talk to a para about what’s going on at school.

The more information a parent has before entering an IEP meeting, the better they can make informed decisions.  A parent’s  failure to ask the right questions in an IEP meeting may result in the child getting “left behind”.

If the public school district in Kansas is uncooperative, contact the advocates at The IEPCenter.com™ (parents can take an advocate as well).

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IEP help 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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IEP Change of Placement “Temporary”?

The IEP “team” tells a parent that a “temporary” change of placement is homebound with no services for a month.  The parent is told this “temporary” situation is so that everyone can regroup and the student can be allowed time to calm down.  Student had exhibited some inappropriate behaviors at school for several months.  Parent is presented with paperwork to sign.  After all, the parent had been reported for the student’s truancy the year before when the student was aggressive at school and the parent was concerned the school would hotline her again if she didn’t sign the paperwork that the school is now insisting on. Image

A “change of placement” typically  is not a temporary scenario.  In this instance, school staffers were tired of dealing with the student’s behaviors and didn’t utilize available outside resources to rectify the situation.  Sending the student to “homebound” was a quick and easy approach to eliminate the problem.  After all, the parent doesn’t know any better!

The parent is concerned that she would lose employment during the one-month homebound scenario.  Decisions made by schools impact more than just one student.  Sometimes the tipping point to meltdown for a family is just moments away.

Some public schools continue to bamboozle parents because they can and continue to do so and will continue until that somebody takes a stand for a child and reports the district for the shenanigans.

Advocates at The IEP Center provide information to parents so the parent can advocate effectively for their child.  Time is precious for our children.

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