Is A Child With Passing Grades Eligible For Special Education Under Idea? | What To Do When “His Grades Are Fine!”

Is A Child With Passing Grades Eligible For Special Education Under Idea? | What To Do When “His Grades Are Fine!”

Denied an IEP or 504 because Grades are Good I had this client one time who has a phenomenal memory. I mean it, like nothing you’ve ever seen. His memory and recall were almost savant-like. In fact, he could memorize and recall so much information, he was tested and labeled as gifted at a young…

Can a School Suspend a Student with an IEP? | 5 action steps, with or without an IEP/504

Can a School Suspend a Student with an IEP? | 5 action steps, with or without an IEP/504

Can you Suspend a Student with an IEP? It happened again. You were at work, in the middle of…working. And the phone rings again. You look and see the dreaded phone number-it’s the school. And you know what is ahead. You have to go pick up your child because they’ve been suspended. Again. Here is…

IEP Progress Monitoring with Accelerated Readers? | AR Books | Reading Levels

IEP Progress Monitoring with Accelerated Readers? | AR Books | Reading Levels

AR Reading Levels The other day I did a post on the OG Approach and I thought that talking about AR Reading Levels would be a good complement to that. Because, in my experience, AR is great and useful tool. However, much like Orton Gillingham, it is misunderstood and misused. I think Accelerated Reader is…

Your Child’s Strengths | 100 Example Statements to Swipe for your IEP

Your Child’s Strengths | 100 Example Statements to Swipe for your IEP

Your Child’s Strengths Sometimes we get so wrapped up in getting our kids’ needs met, we forget to address their strengths. And, IDEA is pretty clear about this. It’s even first on the list! In some sections, IDEA lists ‘strengths of the child’ as the first item. But again, we often go into IEP meetings…

When your IEP Team says, “We don’t do that here.” | Next Steps for Parents

When your IEP Team says, “We don’t do that here.” | Next Steps for Parents

We don’t do that here. I got two inquiries recently that are very similar. Both parents asked for something on their child’s IEP and both were told, “We don’t do that here.” It happens often, actually. Can a school say that? Can they deny a service based on “we don’t offer that here?” Short answer,…

Special Education Timelines | When Should the School Respond to IEP Requests or Evals?

Special Education Timelines | When Should the School Respond to IEP Requests or Evals?

IEP Timelines How long does a school have to: respond to IEP email? schedule an IEP meeting? evaluate my child? begin services in a new school year? send me the final draft of the IEP? All those questions and more are answered below. I’ve compiled the common questions that parents ask about IEP timelines below….

What to Do if you Disagree with your IEP Team about Goals.

What to Do if you Disagree with your IEP Team about Goals.

I don’t want that IEP goal. I know I’ve told the story several times. The story of my first IEP meeting with my school district. Kevin was 4 and we were meeting about possible kindergarten transition. The overall meeting was one of the worst I’ve ever experienced. So much wrong with it from start to…