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!

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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 forms in Kansas: School advocate sees districts’ vary

Some districts in Kansas use their “own” forms for IEPs.  the-iep-center Districts are allowed to use their own forms as along as the form is in “compliance” with state regulations. Noticeably, some districts omit possible services and accommodations for students on forms.  Parents who are not wise to this therefore don’t see the range of possibilities for their child’s education.  In other words, the parent doesn’t see a “menu” of services.  rsz_blank-and-waiting-200x300

Don’t be bamboozled!   Parents who are serious about their child’s schooling and tired of being bamboozled use advocates at The IEP Center. We can go to an IEP meeting with you.

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Choosing a school advocate or child advocate in Kansas

Parents continue to “hope” that things will work out in multiple IEP meetings when they attend alone, yet  years pass.  Parents often get stuck when they don’t have the information necessary to work the “system”.  The child gets left behind.

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Taking an advocate to an IEP meeting is often helpful. But which advocate?  First, a parent must understand an advocate is different from case managers, mentors and trainers.  Those folks have expertise in their respective areas but usually do not exclusively work in the special education advocacy arena.  This can be compared to taking a dentist with you for support when you have an appointment  with a podiatrist.  They might go to a meeting for free; but remember the saying “you get what you pay for”.

the-iep-centerOther folks represent themselves as an “advocate” yet lack experience.  Real experience by an accomplished advocate is essential for the parent who needs information about complex situations.  Also, membership in national professional advocate associations is an indicator the person has more background and keeps current.

The writer of this blog also has a teaching certificate and testified to the state legislature about the need for change in the special ed system in her state.  Ask your advocate the extent of their commitment to systemic change in your state.  Check out our website for more information about this advocate.

Using a professional advocate can provide the information that allows a parent to cut through the confusion presented by the IEP team and spare months of frustration and absences from employment. Often IEP teams are ignorant about the possibilities for a student.  Delay is problematic.

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Special Education Parent’s Advocacy Link LLC dba The IEP Center are not attorneys and do not give legal advice.  We do not represent parents or children.  We are not licensed to practice law in any state. Consult an attorney.  Nothing in this blog is to be considered legal advice.