Making Education work for your extraordinary child
Special Education chose me.
I am a mom, advocate and attorney who believes every child should have the support and tools they need to succeed in school. When I began the process of seeking special education services for my son, I realized it was a complex and emotionally charged journey and no parent should go through it alone.
Exceptional Children Special Education Advocacy will support and advocate for you and your child while strengthening your relationship with the school system. I can assist you in requesting an initial evaluation, during the IEP/504 plan process, or through dispute resolution with the school district.
View the services I offer including assistance with eligibility determinations and securing services through an IEP or 504 plan.
One of the most important IEP meeting tools
You just finished your child’s IEP meeting. Everyone had a lot to contribute, and it was a fairly productive meeting. The team shared feedback on your child plus ideas, suggested edits, goals and services to be added to the updated IEP. IEP meetings can be stressful so you may have felt anxious or emotional during the meeting. Now that the meeting is over, you are reviewing your notes and processing everything that was discussed. What should you do now?
Documenting Concerns and Communications with the School
This isn’t a sexy blog post, but it is an essential reminder: put any concerns about your child’s progress, services they may or may not be receiving, IEP, 504 plan, Zoom issues, etc. in writing.
Back to school stress? Looking for ways to improve your ability to handle uncertainty?
Improve two Executive Function skills that are helpful, not just in dealing with the continued uncertainty of the pandemic but are also necessary life skills. This article from Beyond Book Smart discusses practical steps for enhancing two Executive Function skills: Emotional Regulation & Flexible Thinking.
Are you concerned whether your child’s IEP will be implemented? What are schools required to do?
DESE’s most recent FAQ continues to remind districts of their obligations to provide a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) to students with IEPs
Is your child entitled to COVID-19 Compensatory Services?
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) provided technical guidance to schools, districts and IEP Teams to assist them in making determinations for COVID-19 compensatory education or supports to students with IEPs.