Student not required to attend IEP meeting in Oklahoma

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Parents do not have to have the IEP student present in IEP meetings unless the student is age 18.  However students are expected to participate at age 16 to prepare for transition to adulthood.

Carefully ponder if the student needs to be in the meeting.  This can be a disheartening experience for a student who struggles in school, and who has not been understood by school staff. Sometimes such student will inadvertently undermine the efforts of the parent in the IEP meeting.

Advocates at the iep center help parents solve IEP problems by providing information so they can advocate for the child with special needs.  Don’t be bamboozled!  Waiting and hoping for problems to go away allows our children to regress.  Hoping the problem will go away will only delay getting the problem addressed.  Parents are the advocate for their child’s student rights in Oklahoma City.rsz_asianteenmale-vert-199x300

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Beware of homebound offer for IEP student

Some students who are eligible for special education services and have IEPs have behaviors that may be considered by some as violent.  These students are often a challenge for a school district to provide the appropriate program.

A parent may be told the student is so violent that the school district cannot educate the student and homebound is mentioned.  Left out of this conversation could be that the school needs to find a program that is rsz_dropoutdictionaryappropriate for this child and place and transport the child there.  Many outside programs exist for students with extreme needs.

Such “Outside placement” can be costly for the school district.  Perhaps that’s why it isn’t mentioned to parents?

More school districts continue to mention homebound as a way to force the parent to “take it or leave it” when the district wants the student to fit into their system and not provide accommodations/modifications.  Uninformed parents get trampled; some lose jobs and marriages over this scenario.  After all, homebound is often provided at public libraries for only a few hours each week–nothing compared to a full school week.

Advocates at the iep center help parents solve IEP problems by providing information so they can advocate for the child with special needs.  Don’t be bamboozled!  Waiting and hoping for problems to go away allows our children to regress.  Hoping the problem will go away will only delay getting the problem addressed.the-iep-center (800x640)

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We help parents at low-cost.  We help parents prepare for school meetings and also go to mediation and IEP meetings with parents.

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Oklahoma parents can push the system at the school

Half the school year is over.  Some districts use a model where a student with an IEP may be seen by several teachers/staff in a week.  However, with large class sizes and the stretching of teachers by administration, our kid might be slighted.rsz_withbook-300x198

Sometimes change is slow within the school building.  The “wait and see” attitude may be the unspoken motto in the building.  This works against the window of opportunity for our kids with IEPs.  If you have learned recently that other ways are being “tried“, perhaps what was used earlier in the school year proved unbeneficial for our kids. And, the politics in the building shouldn’t effect our child.

Parents can inquire about the programming their child receives, or SHOULD be receiving.  Check with staff to make sure they are  doing  what they are obligated to do in the IEP.  If you feel you are not getting a straight answer from a staff person, ask within an “official” IEP meeting.  An IEP meeting is one forum where a parent should get the legitimate information from the school. But prepare in advance!! There are many preparations parents need to know about and we can help.

Some building principals, who may be at wits end, allow children to go home with parents when the student has behaviors when a behavior-specialist is not readily available. This is not promoting appropriate programming.

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