student sent home since no behavior program at public school Missouri

100_0691Student with behaviors that the public school doesn’t appropriately address is sent home. The parent has no idea that the school has a duty to provide programming for this student to the same extent that typical student benefit from schooling (such as a full day). In some instances the public school completes paperwork called “homebound“.

Public school staff often don’t understand the importance of proactively implementing positive behavior supports.   Advocates at™ help parents solve IEP problems by providing information so they can advocate for the child with special needs.    Schools often don’t put plans into place legitimately unless a parent pursues action.  Educational “systems” move slowly.  It’s what a parent doesn’t know that can deprive children of needed services.

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.  Waiting too long to address concerns eliminates opportunities for correction.

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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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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 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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We help parents at low-cost.  Delay works against our kids.

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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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