“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.

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Missouri school district required to learn about behavior assessments

MODESE recently required the Raytown School District to train special ed personnel to learn the difference between a functional behavioral assessment and a functional behavioral analysis. the-iep-center

The district had been at odds with a parent for some time over the difference between the two.

MODESE ruled that a functional behavioral assessment is an “evaluation” and that the district must respond to such a request from a parent.   This shows that public school personnel don’t always know proper procedures when working with a parent.  Delays in providing an evaluation for a child with significant behaviors  can be problematic.photoboybooks

Don’t be bamboozled!

Advocates at the IEP Center give parents the information to help them acquire the services a child needs.  We know the tactics schools use to bamboozle parents.

Parents who are serious about their child’s education all over Missouri use The IEP Center including North Kansas City School District, Fort Osage School District, Raymore-Peculiar School District and Liberty  School District.

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