The Special Education Placement Decision Making Process, explained.

The Special Education Placement Decision Making Process, explained.

Special Education Placement Not only is IEP placement one of the most debated topics among parents, it’s also one of the most contentious issues you will have with your school district. So what are the placement options for learning disabled students? How do I get my child into a private placement? IEP placement is one…

Stay Put, Pendency and IEP: Explained by a Special Education Advocate.

Stay Put, Pendency and IEP: Explained by a Special Education Advocate.

IEP Stay Put (a) Except as provided in §300.533, during the pendency of any administrative or judicial proceeding regarding a due process complaint notice requesting a due process hearing under §300.507, unless the State or local agency and the parents of the child agree otherwise, the child involved in the complaint must remain in his or…

IEP Meeting Checklist for Parents | Be Prepared and Confident!

IEP Meeting Checklist for Parents | Be Prepared and Confident!

IEP Preparation Checklist As an advocate, I have attended literally hundreds of IEP meetings. I know you, Moms. You’re stressed and anxious. But attending all those IEP meetings has also given me a tremendous view of all kinds of people and meetings and ways to prepare. If you hire a Special Education Advocate, you might…

Why Zero Tolerance School Policies are Bad for Special Education.

Why Zero Tolerance School Policies are Bad for Special Education.

Effects of Zero Tolerance Policies in Schools I will never forget that mom’s face. Never before have I seen a woman be carrying so much stress and worry in her face. I was walking out of a meeting. It was a manifestation determination review hearing for a client. This particular district held them often and…

Why a Doctor’s Note does not Guarantee You Services on an IEP.

Why a Doctor’s Note does not Guarantee You Services on an IEP.

Do IEP Teams have to honor Doctors’ Notes? I won’t ever forget the interaction I had with one of Kevin’s neurologist. We had a regular doctor appointment/checkup. And he was a baby, like 2-3 years old. I knew he had dup15 and I wanted him in an ABA program. The neurologist said to me, “Just…

Restraint and Seclusion of Special Education Students: Essential Resource Guide for Parents.

Restraint and Seclusion of Special Education Students: Essential Resource Guide for Parents.

Restraint and Seclusion in Schools “Every child deserves to be treated with dignity, be free from abuse, and treated as a unique individual with individual needs, strengths and circumstances.” US Department of Education booklet, 2012. More often than I would like, a parent in our Facebook group asks, “My child was restrained today. What can…

Is My Teacher or Therapist Qualified?  | Highly Qualified | HQT

Is My Teacher or Therapist Qualified? | Highly Qualified | HQT

How to Find Out if a Teacher or Therapist is certified. “How do I check if a teacher or therapist is qualified?” “I bet she’s not even qualified!” I hear questions and sentiments like these all the time. And like many IEP issues, there’s much more below the surface. Let’s dig in. HQT Highly Qualified…