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Serving exceptional children & their families

MOLLY WATSON

530-273-2740

What is and IEP?

An individualized education program (IEP) is a written plan for a child with a disability that is developed by a team of persons, including the child’s parents and school personnel. The IEP describes the child’s needs, and it includes academic and functional goals related to those needs.

 

The IEP also includes a statement of the special education and related services the child will be provided along with modifications and accommodations that will be made to the child’s school program to help the child in attaining the IEP goals and in making progress in the general education curriculum.

Your child may be eligible for an IEP

Your child may be eligible for an IEP if they have any of the following issues:

  • Reading difficulty

  • Math difficulty

  • Writing difficulty

  • Comprehension difficulty

  • Speech/language impairment

  • Traumatic brain injury

  • Other health impairment

  • Autism

  • Developmental delay

  • Learning disability

  • Emotional/behavioral issues

  • Hearing impairment

  • Vision impairment

  • Orthopedic impairment

We help children become

eligible for IEPs

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act “IDEA” places a duty on school districts to identify, locate, and evaluate all children with disabilities who need special education and related services. This duty is commonly referred to as “child find.”

 

A school district’s child find obligation toward a specific child is triggered when the school district knows or has reason to suspect that the child has a disability and the child may need special education services to address the disability.

 

Child find does not guarantee eligibility for special education services, it merely requires the screening of children who may potentially need services.

Sometimes children fall through the cracks, and school districts fail to evaluate children who need special education services. That's where we come in to help obtain appropriate assessments for children with special needs to determine whether they are eligible for special education services.

We help children with IEPs get the supports they need

In providing legal representation to families, we often focus on:

 

  • Obtaining appropriate placements in the least restrictive environment;

  • Obtaining needed assessments to determine the child's unique needs;

  • Obtaining appropriate services for their loved one;

  • Obtaining appropriate IEP goals;

  • Ensuring the IEP is implemented;

  • Ensuring parents are included in decisions regarding the child's IEP supports;

  • Negotiating with the school district for compensatory education;

  • Other relief.