Special Education Missouri: Futility for parents?

So you know the public school is not treating your child appropriately and the staff continues with the same approach, disregarding your requests for help.  What do you  do? rsz_look1-vert-246x300

Although many options are available, many parents are misled into pursuing “due process” as the first choice.  Unknowingly, many loopholes exist in pursuit of “due process” and it may seem that this process controls the parent.  There are other options for parents.

The “Monday morning quarterback” would comment  “if I had only nipped problems in the bud when they were smaller” the problems at the school wouldn’t have become so large.

Some public school districts give the impression that they won’t do for the child what he really needs until the parent forces the issue to a level higher to outside the school district.  From a parent perspective, it seems the parent has to deal with ongoing futility for long periods of time.

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.

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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.

Advocates at The IEP Center are not attorneys and do not give legal advice. Consult an attorney.

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Parents: Bullying out of control in Ray-Pec School District – KCTV5

Parents: Bullying out of control in Ray-Pec School District – KCTV5.

Is there bullying going on at your school?  Our special ed kids are often targets.

Advocates at the IEP Center.com can show you how other parents were effective dealing with it.

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.the-iep-center

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