Fixing IEP problems at public school in Missouri?

Let’s examine what parents do to fix IEP problems. But is that really the issue that needs addressed? Perhaps it’s something more.

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Parents can have more control

Hypothetically, let’s say a child had needs/goals that went unaddressed or misaddressed for an entire school year, and as a result, the child now struggles more and has significantly regressed because of the public school’s failures.

Parents commonly pursue resolving this dilemma by:

  1. request another IEP meeting
  2. have meetings (not IEP meetings) with administrators
  3. call or take a friend to help
  4. call a case manager from a different system to go to a meeting

Did any of these help the child recover from the regression?

Other parents commonly pursue resolving this dilemma in these ways:

  1. contact a non-profit agency who trains parents
  2. contact a non-profit whose staffer or volunteer goes to an IEP meeting (sometimes waiting weeks to process into a system)

Did any of these help the child recover from the regression?

Congress has avenues in place for parents to pursue correction and regression.  There are ways to press a public school to be accountable, and perhaps offer to make up for the losses.

Don’t be bamboozled!  Begging in an IEP meeting often does not gain any ground…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.  Time is your enemy.

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Parent requests “blown off” in IEP meeting Missouri

In a March IEP meeting, the parent asked IEP team to re-evaluate the student; the   administrator present tells the parent the school will do the reevaluation in the fall since it’s so close to the end of the school year (teachers who were present 100_0668did not comment).  Also, parent asked for more time in therapy to develop language/speech skills; parent was told that would not be possible since the schedule of the school would not have time.

These delays and refusals are typical and parents should expect the district to provide a documented response from the school.

It’s what a parent doesn’t know that can deprive children of needed services.  We go to  school 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.  Parents can have more control than they often realize!

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Consults are with a former Missouri due process hearing panel member, parent, certified teacher, negotiator in IDEA mediation sessions, civil rights advocate for over 20 years.

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

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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.

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Homeschooling suggested by Missouri public school Asperger Autism

I helped a parent once who learned there was no “program” for her son; she went on to work the “system” and ultimately they developed an early childhood program for the first time for the children in that district!

Public schools sometimes aren’t eager to serve our kids with special needs. rsz_supplementary1-300x199 Sometimes parents are misled to think they have to follow the school’s decision when the school’s actions are not consistent with state regulations. For example, a student was being sent home regularly on a school bus after third hour each day since “there’s no afternoon program this year“.  Some parents have been told the district doesn’t have a program for the child, then suggest “homeschooling” is an option.  Many states consider “homeschool” as private school, thus the child loses his/her position in the public school system.

This can be considered by some as a “forced dropout“.  This is discrimination in my opinion. Congress has avenues in place for us (or anyone in the “public”) when discrimination happens.  We parents have more leverage with the school than we often realize.  Our mediation specialist can share how quickly issues can be resolved once mediation is requested; mediation is one of the most effective dispute resolution processes!

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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 the problem.

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