About kcspecialed

Advocates for parents who have children with special needs. We help parents pursue services for their children when struggling with the public school especially when school meetings aren't helping. Founder Marilyn McClure, CRP served as a Missouri due process hearing panel member while maintaining teaching certificate. Holds current CRP credential from National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc. Worked for law firm representing parents. Experienced negotiator for parents in IDEA mediation sessions. Parent of adult with developmental disabilities. Member of a national council of parent advocates since 1999.

IEP school help for Missouri parents

Schools often don’t put  legitimate, appropriate programming in place unless a parent pursues action. Many parents are contacting us to share 100_0673accounts of student’s who now  attend in a new building but the positive behavior strategies mistakenly aren’t implemented  from the previous year, although though the IEP continues in effect.

Public school staff often don’t understand the importance of proactively implementing behavior plans and accommodations.  Many students with ADD or ADHD need time for extra movement; or to do their desk work while standing.  Advocates at TheIEPCenter.com™ help parents solve IEP problems by providing information so the parent can advocate for the child with special needs. Schools often don’t put plans into place legitimately unless a parent pursues action.  Educational “systems” move slowly.  It’s what a parent doesn’t know that can deprive children of needed services.  We go to IEP meetings with parents.

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.  Waiting too long to address concerns eliminates opportunities for correction.

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Special Education Parent’s Advocacy Link LLC dba The IEP Center™ helps parents at low-cost.  SEPAL provides information to parents regarding the problems of children with disabilities. We are civil rights advocates.  We are not attorneys and do not give advice.  Consult an attorney.

We help parents prepare for school meetings and also go to school meetings with parents*.  816 865 6262

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ADHD student flunking classes; parent takes action

Parent asked public school for months to test the student for an IEP.  Student receiving flunking grades since homework not turned in. Student eventually admits to a teacher that it’s his own fault for not getting homework turned in, so the school believes testing for the IEP not needed.  Outside evaluations indicated ADHD. NICHCYphotomagnifyglass3-198x300

Congress knew that there would be issues between parents and public schools, so Congress put into place several mechanisms for us to pursue.  Often we (parents) don’t know how or where to start to use them!

Some students get so frustrated that they choose to drop out of school.  Parents can take a role in ensuring the student’ program is appropriate at the school to prevent the dropout scenario.  If parents don’t do so, the consequences for the student can follow the student for life.

Advocates at TheIEPCenter.com™ help parents solve schooling problems by providing information so they can advocate for the child with special needs. Schools often don’t put plans into place legitimately unless a parent pursues action. Action can involve systems outside of the school district.   It’s what a parent doesn’t know that can deprive children of needed services.  Our advocate is available to go with parents to  school meetings after consultations.steeringwheeldashboardwoman2pics

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.  Waiting too long to address concerns eliminates opportunities for correction.

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We help parents at low-cost.  We help parents prepare for school meetings and also go to school meetings with parents, including manifestation determination meetings. 

Call:      816 865 6262     MO, KS, OK, CO

Special Education Parent’s Advocacy Link LLC dba The IEP Center™ provides information to parents regarding the problems of children with disabilities. We are civil rights advocates.   We are not attorneys and do not give advice. We are not licensed to practice law in any state. We do not represent anyone.  Consult an attorney.

Help for IEP meeting or suspension re-entry meeting in Missouri public school

Some building principals insist NICHCYphotoWorried the parent travel up to the school for “meeting” before the IEP student is allowed to return to school following a suspension.  In many situations it is not clear if this is a formal district policy that mandates such a meeting nor what the agenda might be.  In my opinion, this is more of a way to torment the parent than to manage an IEP child’s behaviors.

Often parents don’t receive paperwork in a timely manner related to assigned suspensions thus the parent is unaware of the expectations surrounding the process.

Spring is the time of year when many students with disabilities are arbitrarily suspended, sometimes as long as ten days, since some districts believe that is allowable.  Students who have behaviors that may be worthy of suspensions need to have a behavior plan in the IEP document.  Behavior plans usually indicate appropriate management of the student’s behaviors.

Suspensions are serious matters and may be avoided with an appropriate behavior plan(s).

Set a phone consult to learn more about how parents can advocate to correct this scenario.

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©2018 Special Education Parent’s Advocacy Link LLC dba The IEP Center™ are civil rights advocates. Special Education Parent’s Advocacy Link LLC advocates have special knowledge related to the problems of children with disabilities. We 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. We offer low-cost services.

Special Ed in Missouri: Move to a ” better” school district?

It can be overwhelming to move to a different district inbannerad01rolldice order to risk the chance to get a better education for our child.  Some parents go to this extreme.

But is this parent gambling?  Often, yes.  Hurdles may still exist.  Staff changes, school-board budgets emphasize varying priorities, and other variables exist.

This parent may have unknowingly allowed the former school district to make the schooling problem the parent’s problem.  School advocates are available to show the parentthe school’s problem and ways it can be effectively addressed.

Parents of student’s in Knob Noster school district, Harrisonville school district and Platte County School District used our advocate to learn about the system and make a difference for their child.

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©2018 Special Education Parent’s Advocacy Link LLC dba The IEP Center™ are  civil rights advocates. Special Education Parent’s Advocacy Link LLC advocates have special knowledge related to the problems of children with disabilities. We 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.

We offer low-cost advocate (non-attorney) services.