IEP law's

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Registered: 12-12-2004
IEP law's
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Mon, 02-07-2011 - 7:56pm

I have a couple of questions in regards to the laws surrounding IEP's.

We have recently moved from California to Pennsylvania and are having a difficult time getting services started. My son is 4 1/2 and his IEP calls for OT, Speech therapy, and 15hrs/week of highly structured classroom time in which he receives them. The IEP doesn't dictate a specific provider for these services, simply that they are the services he requires. Here in Philly they are writing the IEP specific to where he will receive services, and we are having difficulty in finding an appropriate school to attend. I have visited 2 that are not suitable for various reasons and could spend a few more weeks visiting more until we agree on one. The problem is that until I sign the IEP they are not giving him any services. I refuse to sign the IEP until it reflects the school needs, I know that if it only says the OT and speech that is all I can hold them too.

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Registered: 12-12-2004
Tue, 03-01-2011 - 8:45pm
We chose to just sign for no in class services, instead doing speech and OT by appointment nearby and a few hours each week of a social group to help teach him the social skills that just haven't come naturally for him. I just couldn't fight for what he needs while receiving no services and knowing that we were going to go through it all again with the school district for kindergarden.
I think when it comes to kindy I just don't want him to be in a place we he stands out so much because he has some rules different than the other kids and an aid "hanging out with him". I also don't want him to be removed from the classroom multiple times a week for speech and OT. I would love to have him in some sort of a mainstream classroom where things like his visual schedule are used for everyone and of course there aren't thirty kids to distract him from the task at hand. He's high functioning and I worry about him becoming the bad kid in class and hating school, especially when he loves it so much right now.
I'm not sure what you mean by the categorical DX, we received a medical dx of autism from Stanford in November before moving out to Philly.

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