A large part of our work at maaps has always centered on empowering parents and stakeholders with the information needed to be able to help provide a high-quality education to every student. The article below from the Federation for Children with Special Needs shares a parent perspective about navigating that process for her daughter. It also highlights the maaps…

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The educational placement of a child with disabilities is an important aspect of a child’s education. [pullquote position=”right”]Evaluations of children with disabilities must be conducted by the school district at least every three years.[/pullquote]The options range from an inclusive educational environment where children with disabilities are educated alongside typical students, to the most restrictive environments…

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Disagreements between the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) (collectively referred to as “Parents” in this article) of a child and the school team are very common. These disagreements may concern relatively discrete areas such as Individual Education Plan goals and objectives, or the frequency of a particular service such as speech therapy, occupational or physical therapy,…

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Special education has a very broad meaning and encompasses many possible services to an eligible child. Included in what is classified as special education are “Related Services”. Related services are made up of a long list of services such as speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, counseling and mobility instruction to name just a few.…

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Creating an Individual Education Plan (IEP) must begin with a clear picture of your child’s specific needs. While evaluations help put that “I” in IEP, reports are written in the technical language of the experts – a foreign language for most parents. In order to understand what the reports mean and what is being recommended…

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If you are like many parents, when you receive a phone call or a letter asking for your attendance at your child’s IEP meeting, you start to feel anxious. You may feel anxiety, confusion, or even feel inadequate at these meetings. What should you do? Say? What is your role while sitting with your child’s…

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If you are concerned with your child’s ability to participate effectively in his/her school program, you have the right to request an evaluation of your child. Always make your request to the school district in writing. The school district has five school days to send you a written outline of the evaluations they would like…

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How to get the right kind of evaluation to determine whether or not my child is eligible for special education services The first step in the process of determining if your child should receive special education services is the special education evaluation. The evaluation should examine all areas of concern and provide a detailed description…

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The clinician will use a variety of evaluation tools, based on your child’s individual needs and areas of concern. These areas of concern may include an evaluation of how your child communicates and understands language, your child’s level of educational development, and an assessment of how your child thinks, behaves, and adapts to changes. Evaluations…

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Once you request an evaluation, the school has the right and obligation to find a suitable professional to conduct the evaluation. If the school does not have a qualified person on staff to administer specific assessments, the district has an obligation to seek a qualified person outside of the school district at school expense (e.g.,…

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