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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“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.

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Parent suspicious of IEP student bruises, scrapes

Student who regularly exhibits inappropriate behaviors at the public school comes home unusual scrapes on his body. Parent is suspicious.  What to do? the-iep-center

In my experience, contacting the school personnel would be at the bottom of the list.  First, take pictures. Second, go to a medical professional and have them take pictures.  The medical professional may make a report to the state’s children’s agency.  Parent’s can also make reports to the state children’s protective agency (do a search for “child abuse hotline” .  If warranted, contact law enforcement.  Sometimes local police departments don’t view the situation seriously so consider county law enforcement.

Not sure?  Missouri’s School Violence Hotline (1-866-748-7047)can document your call but that’s usually the extent of their effectiveness; at least the parent made a report.

Taking steps to prevent future harm to your child is key.  Many times schools have not implemented professionally-developed behavior plans for our kids who have significant behaviors. NICHCYphotoWorried

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Parent asks school to please test my kid

Girl struggled continuously in first grade with reading and math; teacher told mom the student may outgrow the struggles.  Mom asked the school how the school might help.  Girl is now in third grade and cries at school during math.NICHCYphotomagnifyglass3-198x300  The parent spends long evenings doing homework with girl beyond what is reasonable for a third grade student.  After several inquiries by parent, the public school teacher tells the parent it’s now time to test her but teacher doesn’t think she’ll be eligible for special education.

I get calls like this all too often! Parents aren’t aware how to get the “system” to help their child, and the school isn’t telling the parent!  Don’t let the years slip by!

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