Our very first IEP meeting, need concrete ideas that can help

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Registered: 02-06-2009
Our very first IEP meeting, need concrete ideas that can help
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Fri, 11-05-2010 - 7:13pm

My son is in grade 4 in WA State.

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Registered: 09-23-2008
Not all states or all school districts use the same terminology, which can lead to some confusion. That is why I specifically told her to request the referral form to determine her child's eligibility for special education. THAT lingo is pretty universal and not subject to any misunderstanding. If you asked HERE for a "general assessment", you likely get the results of the required grade level assessments. You also need to be SPECIFIC when a child has a medical dx. The school is required to test in all areas of suspected disabililty. You need to TELL them what to suspect sometimes.

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Registered: 02-24-2010

Yes, yes & Yes.

“Clearly," said Arthur,"you're an idiot- but you're our kind of idiot. Come on.” 
― Markus ZusakThe Book Thief

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Registered: 09-23-2008
Yep. What she said. Come back after the meeting and we'll take you through the whole process. The timelines are federally mandated, so there's no wiggle room at all!

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Registered: 10-08-2004
I really do appreciate your knowledge and you have helped me so much but please understand that we are all here to give every poster advice. No one person is 'more correct' than the other. I really do feel like the way you address me is like I am beneath you in knowledge. We are all learning and while you may not mean to come across this way it does seem that way. We cannot all 'hear a tone of voice' when reading a post.

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Instead of waiting for the next meeting to decide, I feel as though we should go ahead and fully evaluate him for special education services relating to his Aspergers...

I copied that from the email I sent.

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Registered: 02-24-2010

Well I believe this is what you want . . . to discuss an evaluation.

“Clearly," said Arthur,"you're an idiot- but you're our kind of idiot. Come on.” 
― Markus ZusakThe Book Thief

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Registered: 02-06-2009
My email is supposed to be enough for the time to start on how long they have to do the evaluation, or say no they won't. I think I was confused thinking that my email didn't count, and once I got to the meeting, they'd suggest some simple supports and no eval, then once he REALLY needs it, it would take forever. I called the special ed department and they said that my email does count for the time line, and that's just what they usually do. So I guess that's all I can do for now.
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Registered: 10-08-2004
This is what you want. Now take your written request for assessment with you to this meeting. I always have things in writing, I never go on what they 'say' they will do or even what is written an email.

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Registered: 02-24-2010

Yes in a perfect world sending an email to get things rolling should work.

“Clearly," said Arthur,"you're an idiot- but you're our kind of idiot. Come on.” 
― Markus ZusakThe Book Thief

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Registered: 09-23-2008
Technically, they are in violation of the timelines by not meeting within 2 weeks. Personally, I would let this go--close enough.
Yes, they have 10 days to "act on" your referral, and that means hold a Mulitdisciplinary Team meeting. So, that's right.
Do they have to agree to test? Well, that's the $100,000 question. In some areas, they must test all referrals. Not true in most areas. SHOULD they test your child? Yes, they should. When do they have to test? Short answer: When they suspect your child has a disability. If a medical diagnosis is not reason to "suspect", I can't imagine what is. Second piece: academic impact. The suspension locks this up for you. THAT'S the impact, he's getting suspended for behaviors related to his disability.
IF, at this meeting, they refuse to test, come on back and let us know. One step at a time.