Monday, November 3, 2008

I need IEP help.

I am in need of someone experienced with asking for an aide, and for ABA services of the school during IEP meetings. Someone who has done this and gotten the services, who KNOWS Autism and can give me the right things to say. This is something that needs done on the phone, so please email me and let me know if you can help me. The IEP is on Thursday, and I need some help, please.

I'm tempted to go post on Squid's blog and beg her, but I'll look moronic and probably scare her away with my stalkerishness. I just don't want yet another shitty, worthless IEP meeting.


FieldingHurst said...

Been there, done that, got the t-shirt. I wish I had some easy advice. You need to push the "least restrictive environment" for your child. Wrights Law is a great resource ...

In our case, the school, by default, as all the kids on the same generic plan and there wasn't much "individualized" about it.

Sadly,and I know this may not help you with IEP coming up so soon, it look taking a lawyer with us to get the things we wanted. Just having the lawyer changed the picture like night and day.

Get everything in writing. When you want something, put it in writing and ask for a response within 48 hours, etc. If they deny you any service, get it in writing with the reason why. If they mention any "policy" request in writing to see that policy, etc.

Amber DBTD said...

Problem is this... he's an angel in school Super sweet and cooperative, everyone loves him. He behaves perfectly- but he isn't -learning- anything. His goals are unrealistic and obviously not being met, etc... I want ABA and an aide, but I don't know how to go about asking.

FieldingHurst said...

Is he in "regular" class or Special Ed? We had to push for more time in regular class to get aide.

If they say he is doing great, start asking when he can go to mainstream class.

Focus on this, it might help. Unmet goals = more services needed!!!!

Don't let them set goals that are too general.

Ask for specific results in writing. How are they tracking X goal?

Don't raise holy hell without a plan, you will just end up being hated and it will be worse on your kid in the long run.

I am rambling and don't have an easy answers. There are probably people in your area who can help you, maybe for free. We consulted with a free advocate and I think she would have helped if we had ended up taking her with us to the IEP, but sort of had a lawyer fall from the sky.

Liz Ditz said...

What fieldinghurst said about Wrightslaw.

You MUST educate yourself on your rights and your child's rights. It's not because the SD is evil -- they're not. It's just that they are responsible for all the students many children and have to allocate resources.

Mastering the material at Wrightslaw will help you help the SD do the right thing for your child.

Among the things you must learn to do is write meaningful, attainable goals and learn how to monitor process toward the goals over the school year.

There's also the Council of Parents Attorneys and Advocates, a SpEd organization --COPAA -- go, join, and ask for help.

luvmycrazyboy said...

check this out for IEP meeting stuff

it looked pretty interesting and had alot of links to check out