Now that you’ve determined your child qualifies for special education services, first and foremost pat yourself on the back! You’ve taken a huge step toward getting the services and support your child needs in the classroom, and that is no small task! You’re opening doors to his or her future success in school and that is awesome. Next, […]
Do you remember the first time you went in for a screening or assessment? You leave with notes and pamphlets, trying to remember the details but recalling only a few words? Do you remember trying to make sense of the jargon, knowing you had so much to learn, so much to do? But you need to […]
There is a continuum of placement options available for your child. To recap, the spirit of the IDEA law is that the school places your child in the least restrictive environment (LRE), such as a classroom alongside children who do not have disabilities.
The Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) provision of law requires that students with disabilities receive their education alongside students without disabilities “to the maximum extent appropriate,” which is somewhat vague. This means that a student’s default placement should be in the general education classroom, often with various supports and services. Students should only be removed from […]
“He has difficulties with self-regulation.” What does that mean? I’ve been thinking a lot about self-regulation. It is a term I see more and more on IEPs, psychology reports, and in education forums. What is self-regulation and why is it so important?
This week, our son Jack returned to school after 6 months of medical leave. In November 2016 he developed an infection that led to PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections). As time went on, we learned that strep was not the only trigger for the flares, and he was diagnosed with both PANDAS and PANS (Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome), […]
Being forced to leave home without notice, and without the things that make home a familiar and safe place, is scary for everyone – especially those who have autism or other disabilities and who may rely on constant routines. In any emergency, we must make sure all individuals with disabilities have a plan in place […]
The IEP team will measure your child’s progress based on whether he meets the goals in that year’s IEP. That said, it is important to make sure those goals are measurable. You will often see phrases like, “The student must read 10 words correctly in 2 of 3 trials with 80% accuracy.” It’s not always […]
Background This question flows nicely from our last segment of Ask the Attorney. Let’s first review a couple of things. To qualify for an Individualized Education Program (IEP), a student must meet the criteria for disability categories under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and state law. This is law that provides protections for students […]
The most recent launch of Exceptional Lives Louisiana was featured on WVLA Local33 | WGMB Fox44 on August 9, 2017. In partnership with the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, Exceptional Lives Louisiana offers families and caregivers of people with disabilities easy-to-understand, actionable information and support.