“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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Second grader says he was locked in a hot closet at school | fox4kc.com

Second grader says he was locked in a hot closet at school | fox4kc.com.

What’s going on at your child’s school?  Ask to see the closets or booths they use for discipline.  If they use such an area which is locked, then this is problematic.  This is not a necessary approach of behavior development.  Also ask to see the seclusion policy and review it to see if it is consistent with state standards.

Need ideas on how to pursue appropriate behavior training for your child by  the school?   Contact an advocate at the IEP Center.comthe-iep-center

 

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.  Homeschooling doesn’t have to be an option.  Hoping the problem will go away will only delay getting the problem solved.  Contact an advocate here:

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Teacher says “Wait and See” how the child does

“Wait and See” can be costly for children who struggle in public school, especially in the primary grades.  Parents report to us that a kindergarten teacher indicated concerns and told the parent to watch the student during first grade.  During the child’s first grade year, the first grade teacher said the child would probably need to be tested and suggested the parent go get “medical” testing done.  Now, the student is in second grade and the parent has completed the “medical” tests yet the school district does not initiate any testing of the student although the student struggles and has handwriting that is illegible.

See how our kids can slip through the cracks?  It’s important that parents know how to work the “system” so that the years don’t slip by.  Parents need to be proactive when the child has special needs.  The “system” works slowly so a parent needs to be one step ahead.

The IEP Center helps parents keep a step ahead.  Visit our site at theiepcenter.com