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Functional Behavior Assessments

Parents of students who are demonstrating problematic behaviors in school can request that their local school district conduct a Functional Behavioral Assessment (“FBA”) to identify how these behaviors can be remediated in a positive manner. An FBA is an evaluative process for addressing problem behavior. It relies on a variety

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Tips on Having a Successful IEP Meeting

It seems like just yesterday that the last school year ended and kids were looking forward to the lazy days of summer.  However, the “Back to School” sales have begun signaling that school is just around the corner. 

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Why You Should Have Medical Assistance For Your Child

As a special education attorney, I ask the parents during our initial consultation whether the child has medical assistance. Oftentimes the parents respond that they have private insurance for their child. Regardless of whether the child is covered under private insurance, the child should have medical assistance.

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Child Find Under Section 504 of The Rehabilitation Act

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act promotes the integration of students with disabilities into mainstream society by eliminating discrimination on the basis of handicap in a program or activity receiving federal financial assistance, such as the District.

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Understanding Your Right to ESY

The IDEA requires school districts to offer Extended School Year (ESY) services to students if necessary for the provision of Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) to your child. However, the IDEA is silent as to what factors a student’s IEP team should consider when determining whether a student needs ESY in order to receive FAPE.

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Navigating Rare and Complex Diagnoses and Disorders

nvolvement in Special Education for any significant length of time will ultimately result in you encountering a rare and complex disorder.  While every disability has its unique challenges, often times we can rely on our knowledge base or experience to help us in planning for the student. However, when...

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Transition to School Age Programming

During the child’s last year of Early Intervention programming, a transition process will occur to move the child from their preschool programming to a kindergarten (or first grade) program at their local school district or charter school. Parents will first be notified that a transition meeting is being scheduled....

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School District’s Responsibility in Regard to Student Sexual Harassment and Violence

On April 2, 2011, The Office for Civil Rights issued a “Dear Colleague” letter outlining the responsibility of School Districts to ensure students with an educational environment free of sexual harassment and violence under Title IX. Sadly, as detailed in the OCR letter, Sexual harassment and violence in schools...

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What Questions Parents should ask when Visiting Special Education Private or Alternative Schools?

There are times when either the IEP team or the parent may feel that a special education private or alternative school is appropriate to meet a child’s needs. When visiting the proposed school, we advise parents to use the following questions as guidance to better determine whether the school...

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Questions Parents should ask before signing a Settlement Agreement

The IDEA encourages Parents and School Districts to resolve disputes without involving counsel. Sometimes, as a result of these discussions and/or dispute resolutions, School Districts will offer Parents a resolution that both the Parent and the School District think is fair. However, the School District may then ask the...

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Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD) vs. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) — HOW DOES ONE DISTINGUISH?

Children who have Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) often exhibit many similar characteristics and behaviors.

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