Removing IEP Services | 5 Red Flags from Your Team + How to Prevent

Removing IEP Services | 5 Red Flags from Your Team + How to Prevent

Can the School Remove Supports and Services from the IEP? This is probably the number one reason that parents dread IEP meetings. Right? For the most part, we expect to be told “No” when we ask for something to be added, even if we have the data. But the school removing items…yikes! It’s a major…

What to Do When your School Keeps Calling You to Come Get Your Child.

What to Do When your School Keeps Calling You to Come Get Your Child.

My son keeps getting sent home from school! We all know the feeling. Your phone rings. You look. It’s the school phone number. A zillion thoughts run through your head as you answer. “Hi, Mrs. Smith? This is ‘school personnel’ and we need you to come pick up Jacob. Yes, he had quite a tantrum…

Advocate’s Tip: These Few Short Sentences on your Child’s IEP Could Prevent Suspensions.

Advocate’s Tip: These Few Short Sentences on your Child’s IEP Could Prevent Suspensions.

Important items that must be on your child’s IEP. “I got a call to pick up my daughter today because she put a child in a choke hold.” And of course this child with an IEP was on her way to a suspension. That’s what one of our group members posted recently. Sounds awful, right?…

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…

Manifestation Determination Meeting | What It Is | How to Prepare | Examples

Manifestation Determination Meeting | What It Is | How to Prepare | Examples

Manifestation Determination Speaking to you as a parent, I hope that you never have to know what a Manifestation Determination is. Or that you never have to request or attend a Manifestation Determination Review Meeting. But, here you are. You searched and found this article, so you need to know what a Manifestation Review is….

Understanding the Emotional Disturbance IEP Category | Criteria | Accommodations | Strategies

Understanding the Emotional Disturbance IEP Category | Criteria | Accommodations | Strategies

Emotional Disturbance Emotional Disturbance Category on an IEP is one of the most misunderstood categories. In my professional opinion, it is one of the most overused and abused categories. I find that school staff often look to address Emotional Disturbance Disability with the mindset of “won’t” rather than “can’t.” Or, slap the ED label on…

Does my child have to ride the Special Ed Bus to get Transportation on our IEP/504?

Does my child have to ride the Special Ed Bus to get Transportation on our IEP/504?

Special Education Transportation “It’s the bus. It’s always the bus!” My former supervisor used to say that so often. So many issues around a school bus ride. Lots of kids, no seatbelts, unstructured time, no one watching them (because we want the driver watching the road, right?). And it goes on. This post is long…

IEP Laws and Regulations for all 50 States | Spreadsheet with Links

IEP Laws and Regulations for all 50 States | Spreadsheet with Links

IDEA: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Several years ago, I was at a fundraiser. It was for an agency that assists disabled people. So, naturally, they had a few people who used the agency speak and give testimonials about how much this agency means to them. I will never forget the story that this one…