when public school can’t educate special education students: Kansas City

When a school district can’t appropriately meet the needs of your IEP child, the  IEP team (which includes the parent) can look at schools outside the district if the outside school is listed on a state-approved agency list the MODESE keeps.  The link for those outside schools/agencies is:


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.

There are many things that aren’t revealed to parents that can help our kid get the right education.  Contact an advocate to learn more. Don’t be bamboozled. Public schools may be suspending children instead of considering an “outside placement”.cropped-100_0485.jpg

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School says “we’ll test in third grade” for learning disabilities IEP

ImageA family moved to the midwest from another state where the parent was told her child could not get tested until third grade for learning disabilities. The mother asked for help for her child in first grade.  After moving to the midwest, the public school district personnel told the mother that she could not get an IEP for dyslexia, and, that the mother would have to go get the child tested somewhere by a medical person.  The mother was in the pipeline for medical testing at a major hospital  for most of a school year.  Meanwhile the child struggles and gets further behind.

This agreeable parent was just too nice!  And what did niceness accomplish?rsz_wheretonow-201x300

Unfortunately too many time this advocate is the bearer of bad news…I told the parent she had been bamboozled or either terribly misinformed.

Don’t let your child go without the extra supports he should be getting (if found eligible); use an experienced advocate from theiepcenter.com  to get the information a parent needs for their child who might have special needs.

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Choosing a school advocate or child advocate in Missouri

Parents continue to “hope” that things will work out in multiple IEP meetings when they attend alone, yet  years pass.  Parents often get stuck when they don’t have the information necessary to work the “system”.  Usually the parent doesn’t know how to address a hidden agenda.  The child gets left behind.

rsz_meeting7Taking an advocate to an IEP meeting is often helpful. But which advocate?

First, a parent must understand an advocate is different from case managers, mentors and “parent trainers” who have expertise in their respective areas but usually do not exclusively work in the special education  arena.  This can be compared to taking a dentist with you for support when you are having open heart surgery.  They might go to a meeting for free; but remember the saying “you get what you pay for”.  Pitfalls exist often these folks aren’t aware.  Many of them help the school along.  They may leave the IEP believing changes were made for the better; yet that day’s battle was won but the war was lost.

Second, other folks represent themselves as an “advocate” yet lack experience.  Real experience by an accomplished advocate is essential for the parent who needs information about complex situations.  Also, membership in national professional advocate associations is an indicator the person has more background and keeps current.

The writer of this blog also has a teaching certificate, taught in both public and private schools,  and testified to the legislature about the need for change in the special ed system in Missouri, and a parent of adult child with developmental disabilities.

Ask your advocate the extent of their commitment to systemic change in our state. She keeps current in cutting-edge parent strategies and is a member of a national organization since 1999.  Experienced in a law firm representing parents, she understands the need for “thinking ahead”.  Check out our website for more information about this advocate.

Using a professional independent advocate can provide the information that allows a parent to cut through the confusion presented by the IEP team and spare months of frustration and absences from employment.  IEP teams are often ignorant about the possibilities for a student.  Delay can be problematic.  In Missouri call 816 865 6262.

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