Do’s and Don’ts – Getting Your Child’s IEP Ready for the School Year

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016 in IEP | No Comments
Do’s and Don’ts – Getting Your Child’s IEP Ready for the School Year

The first week of school is a great time to review your child’s IEP, and make any changes that may be necessary to help ensure that your child has a successful school year. Here are some quick tips to help you get your child’s IEP into top shape: Do read the IEP carefully. A well-written IEP will […]

5 Things to Know About “Effective Progress” Under Massachusetts Special Education Law

Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 in Autism, Definitions, IEP | No Comments
5 Things to Know About “Effective Progress” Under Massachusetts Special Education Law

One of the questions I am asked most frequently by parents who have children with special needs is what does the term “effective progress” actually mean?  Often a parent will ask me this question because they are concerned that their child is not doing well at school despite having an IEP, and yet the school […]

IEPs and the Right to “Stay Put”

Posted by on Jan 31, 2014 in IEP, Procedural Protections | No Comments
IEPs and the Right to “Stay Put”

One of the most important procedural protections available under the IDEA and Massachusetts special education law is known as a student’s right to “stay put”.  This right means that, in the event of dispute between a parent and district about a student’s educational needs, a parent can legally require the district to keep the student […]

How to Respond to an IEP – Top 5 Tips for Parents

Posted by on Oct 24, 2013 in IEP | No Comments
How to Respond to an IEP – Top 5 Tips for Parents

As many parents of children with special needs know all too well, figuring out how to respond to a proposed Individualized Education Plan (IEP) can be a challenge.  Here are some tips for parents who may be wondering whether or not they should accept or reject a proposed IEP: 1.   Take Your Time.  The law […]

Working Around School District “Policies” That Disrupt the IEP Process

Posted by on May 16, 2013 in IEP | One Comment
Working Around School District “Policies” That Disrupt the IEP Process

I frequently hear from parents who are unsure whether their child’s school district can legally have a “policy” against providing certain kinds of services, supports, or accommodations to kids with special needs.  Usually this question arises after a parent has attended a Team meeting and requested that their child receive a specific type of support […]