Who goes to IEP meeting with parent in Missouri?

A parent can take to IEP meetings whomever the parent may invite according to special ed  (IDEA) regulations.NICHCYcongress2

Some parents take family members, some parents take case managers from other agencies.  Taking someone is better than taking nobody.

However, who you take with you makes a difference.  In my experience, parents who took case managers from other agencies experienced the status quo from school district personnel.  After all, most case managers knowledge and experience with school districts is similar to how parents are treated regardless, and the school may know how to bamboozle them.  You and your case manager walk away from the IEP meeting assuming the meeting was productive which may not be reality.the-iep-center

Our advocates are familiar with the tactics school districts use to keep parents at bay which  results in the child receiving a minimal “schooling” of our child.  Over the years many parents expressed to our advocates the parent was treated with respect and much differently than before.

I don’t know of any federal requirements that requires parents to tell the school who they will bring to an IEP meeting.

The IEP Center advocates are aware of information parents can use to work the system and not be bamboozled. Has your advocate ever successfully participated in a special ed “mediation”? We have!  If a parent fails to take steps, then the child gets left behind.

This advocate is a certified teacher, parent, formerly worked in a law firm which represented parents, is a member since 1999 in the national forerunner advocate organization, and was a due process hearing panel member 1996-2013.

Don’t be bamboozled!   Parents who are serious about their child’s schooling and tired of being bamboozled use advocates at The IEP Center.  Parents who are serious about their child’s education use The IEP Center in Liberty, Park Hill, North Kansas City and Blue Springs school meetings. Visit the website to set up a consult.

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Too much shared in IEP meeting?

Sometimes sharing less information with the school district is more beneficial for the student and parent.  The district may be less likely to manipulate parents who are strongly advocating for their child when the district doesn’t know a parents financial situation.  After all, parents who might have extensive resources available might be in a better position to pursue challenges with the district. While on the other hand, a parent who exposes their lack of resources may lose any “edge” in positioning.

For example, when FAPE is at issue, a parent may trigger a unlilateral placement at a private facility* when the parent disagrees with the public school FAPE offer. Typically the parent must pay the tuition at the private facility until a hearing officer decides otherwise.  Poor parents don’t have the luxury to trigger this option; that is, the ability to temporarily pay private tuition.  As a result, the child of the poor parent languishes in an inappropriate program.

When IEP meetings seem fruitless; parents might consider mediation.  It’s not like an IEP meeting.  A mediator from the state facilitates the session and often an agreement is reached. Advocates from The IEP Center help parents prepare for mediation and can go to the session as well.

*there are many stipulations to this; read IDEA!

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

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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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Missouri IEP meeting: student need not attend

Parents do not have to have the IEP student present in IEP meetings unless the student is age 18.  However students are expected to participate at age 16 to prepare for transition to adulthood.

Carefully ponder if the student needs to be in the meeting.  This can be a disheartening experience for a student who struggles in school, and who has not been understood by school staff. Sometimes such student will inadvertently undermine the efforts of the parent in the IEP meeting. Some parents are lead to believe that it is mandatory.

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.  Don’t be misled.

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