Individualized Education Plans (IEP)
All of our children have different abilities and challenges, which is why they are entitled to an individualized education. We need to continuously advocate for them, year after year, to have access to the appropriate programs and related services needed for future success in their education, employment, and independent lives.
My firm is here to guide you through the special education process. I can assist you every step of the way, from the time your child is three until he or she is twenty-one. My firm can consult with you on a variety of issues, including but not limited to:
- Reviewing the appropriateness of your child’s IEP goals, services, and supports
- Determining whether additional or independent educational evaluations (IEEs) are necessary
- Determining if the school district is adequately managing behavior problems
- Understanding transitions
Appropriateness of the IEP, services and supports
I will review your child’s education records and develop a plan to ensure that your child has the proper IEP. It is important that the IEP goals address your child’s unique needs and are specific enough to enable your child to achieve meaningful educational progress. Once the goals are set, we can discuss the amount and type of related services, accommodations and modifications necessary to support your child. Creating a well-drafted IEP is the first step in helping to secure an appropriate placement for you child.
After meeting with you and reviewing your child’s records, I can advise on whether the evaluations conducted by the school district are appropriate. If you disagree with your school district’s evaluation, you can request that an independent education evaluation (IEE) be conducted at the district’s expense. You can also request that the school district conduct an evaluation in a specific area of educational need.
Children with special needs may exhibit problematic behaviors that are a result of or substantially related to the child’s disability. If your child has any of these behaviors, they should be addressed in his or her IEP. Your school district should also work with you to manage any behavior problems so that your child receives a free appropriate public education (FAPE). My firm will help to determine if your school district is adequately addressing problem behaviors. Some questions to consider include:
- Has the school conducted a functional behavioral analysis (FBA)?
- Is there a behavioral intervention plan (BIP) in place?
- Is that BIP being implemented appropriately?
- Has the staff been properly trained?
- Has your child been given the social skills training he or she may need?
- Does your child receive counseling services?
Transitions from one stage of special education to the next raise different issues and challenges. I can help you navigate this process as your child progresses. Important transitions include:
- Early intervention to Preschool
- Preschool to Elementary School
- Graduation or aging out at twenty-one years old
Every child should have a meaningful and productive educational experience. I look forward to working with you to ensure that your child receives the special education and related services to which he or she is legally entitled.