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Beware of homebound offer for an IEP student

Some students who are eligible for special education services and have IEPs have behaviors that may be considered by some as violent.  These students are often a challenge for a school district to provide the appropriate program.

A parent may be told the student is so violent that the school district cannot educate the student and homebound is mentioned.  Left out of this conversation could be that the school needs to find a program that is rsz_dropoutdictionaryappropriate for this child and place and transport the child there.  Many outside programs exist for students with extreme needs.

Such “Outside placement” can be costly for the school district.  Perhaps that’s why it isn’t mentioned to parents?

More school districts continue to mention homebound as a way to force the parent to “take it or leave it” when the district wants the student to fit into their system and not provide accommodations/modifications.  Uninformed parents get trampled; some lose jobs and marriages over this scenario.  After all, homebound is often provided at public libraries for only a few hours each week–nothing compared to a full school week.

Advocates at the iep center help parents solve IEP problems by providing information so they can advocate for the child with special needs.  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.the-iep-center (800x640)

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IEP meeting surprise for parent

I recently attended an IEP meeting where two atypical events happened.

the-iep-centerFirst, the parent was asked an open-ended question:  what do you want for your child in the long-term?  The parent wasn’t expecting this question so she gave some answers that are what every parent wants for their child; self-sufficient, college, etc.  The parent also added some things we had practiced prior to the meeting that were in line with what she was working to accomplish that day; appropriate social skills and to be  understood by others.

Parents must be careful what they say in IEP meetings.  How others in the meeting perceive the parents comments can be misconstrued in how a student is treated by the school.

Second, when the school staffer who was running the meeting needed a signature from the parent, the staffer got up from her chair and walked all the way around the group to get close to the parent.PhotoManQuestionMark108962681

Typically the form is just handed across the table to the parent for a signature.  However, in this instance, the staffer used proximity to engage the parent in a more intimate manner.  Her positioning did not influence this prepared parent;  the parent made it clear that she needed to think about it at home before signing.  Again, this parent knew in advance of her choices prior to going into this meeting.

Advocates at The IEP Center can help a parent be one step ahead of the school.  Don’t be bamboozled!

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Visit our website to arrange for an advocate to assist.  Marilyn McClure, CRP, is a certified teacher, parent of a child with developmental disabilities, and former due process hearing panel member in Missouri.

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“As needed” on IEP accommodation form no longer acceptable

Schools for decades used “as needed” on our kids’ IEP modification forms which allowed school staff to use discretion on if/when an accommodation is provided.  MODESE recently saw the light and has now determined “as needed” without descriptors is no longer acceptable. rsz_wheretonow-201x300

The Oct. 17, 2014, update from MODESE Special Ed compliance section:

Indicator 200.850.d (Frequency of Program Modifications and Accommodations):  Indicator 200.850.d requires the IEP to state how often program modifications and accommodation will occur (i.e. -, daily, weekly, monthly).  The frequency of “as needed” was removed as an option on the model Form F because it is not a clear description of the frequency.  If an IEP team determines that an accommodation or modification is to be provided “as needed,” then we would expect a description of how “as needed” will be determined.  The IEP must be clear to parents and LEA staff so that it can be implemented as written.

This new requirement may make a huge difference in how our kid’s day at school plays out.

Advocates at the iep center help parents solve IEP problems by providing information so they can advocate for the child with special needs.  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.the-iep-center (800x640)

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IEP student suspended more than ten days

Our kids with IEPs get suspended from public school. Unlike non-disabled students, a special process is in place for kids with IEPs.  In Missouri, students can be suspended up to ten school days in a school year.  After ten days of suspensions, a different process is suppose to kick in.  Some school districts ignore this and continue suspending/expelling special ed students as if they were typical. A parent must be ready to address this with the public school.  Suspensions often take a toll on the family and whether a parent loses a job!

The IEP Center.com advocates helps parents deal with the public school for our kids with learning disabilities, autism, aspergers, cognitive deficits, cerebral palsy.  Advocates are available with extensive experience helping parents deal with public schools.  Get serious about your child’s schooling.

Parents in Missouri who need help dealing with the public school for their child with an IEP can consult with a professional special education advocate at The IEP Center.   Advocates also help parents when the parent wants an advocate to go to a meeting at the school with them!  Never go alone.

Parents often need to work to make sure the public school system isn’t failing their child.  Passing grades doesn’t necessarily mean your child is learning.rsz_diversityboyinclasslookingatbook  Delays in addressing school problems may make the situation worse.

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IEP Teachers don’t know student needs’

High school student who has attended for years in the district started the fall at a new building where hundreds of students attend. The student is complex and has special needs’. Student was doing well academically previous year but now has some failing grades and hates school.the-iep-center

The assertive parent requested an IEP meeting where the parent learned that the teachers’ didn’t understand the child’s disability and expected the student to fit their mold. One of these teacher’s even needed “more time” to get to know the student!  These same teachers devised a “new” plan to attempt to make it work again in their building; however, it’s doubtful the student will entertain the thought.

Parents in Missouri who need help dealing with the public school for their child with an IEP can consult with a professional special education advocate at The IEP Center.   Advocates also help parents when the parent wants an advocate to go to a meeting at the school with them!  Never go alone.

Parents often need to work to make sure the public school system isn’t failing their child.  Passing grades doesn’t necessarily mean your child is learning.rsz_diversityboyinclasslookingatbook  Delays in addressing school problems may make the situation worse.

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when public school can’t educate special education students: Kansas City

When a school district can’t appropriately meet the needs of your IEP child, the  IEP team (which includes the parent) can look at schools outside the district if the outside school is listed on a state-approved agency list the MODESE keeps.  The link for those outside schools/agencies is:

http://www.dese.mo.gov/divspeced/Compliance/documents/ApprovedAgenciesbyCity.pdf

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There are many things that aren’t revealed to parents that can help our kid get the right education.  Contact an advocate to learn more. Don’t be bamboozled. Public schools may be suspending children instead of considering an “outside placement”.cropped-100_0485.jpg

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Second grader says he was locked in a hot closet at school | fox4kc.com

Second grader says he was locked in a hot closet at school | fox4kc.com.

What’s going on at your child’s school?  Ask to see the closets or booths they use for discipline.  If they use such an area which is locked, then this is problematic.  This is not a necessary approach of behavior development.  Also ask to see the seclusion policy and review it to see if it is consistent with state standards.

Need ideas on how to pursue appropriate behavior training for your child by  the school?   Contact an advocate at the IEP Center.comthe-iep-center

 

Advocates at the iep center help parents solve IEP problems by providing information so they can advocate for the child with special needs.  Don’t be bamboozled!  Waiting and hoping for problems to go away allows our children to regress.  Homeschooling doesn’t have to be an option.  Hoping the problem will go away will only delay getting the problem solved.  Contact an advocate here:

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