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: 08-27-2007

Hmm,I gotta say that I have worked in the field for 15 years also.

              *Praying for my best friend, my Dad*


 &n

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Registered: 08-27-2007

Shes right. Here if you ask for what you said...you would not get anywhere. If you ask for the referral form....you will get a referral form.

No one is beneath anyone. However when dealing with a hesitent school board...any error can lead to months of delays.

Also, this really should have been done in private...by PM or such. Our boards are already screwed up enough...the last thing people need is to see an arguement where their didnt need to be one.

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              *Praying for my best friend, my Dad*


 &n

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Registered: 09-23-2008
Yes, the DSM V will no longer have the "umbrella" of Pervasive Developmental DIsorder with the sub-categories of Asperger's, PDD-NOS, Autism, Rett's Disorder and CDD, as the DSM IV does now. However, the only dx's being "pulled out" are CDD and Rett's. The "umbrella" dx will be Autism, with sub-categories for mild, moderate, severe, etc. Asperger's Syndrome IS mild autism, and will still be included.
For educational purposed the specific dx does not matter--for eligibility or for programming. I am not in medicine or insurance, so I cannot address that. In my state, there is NO coverage for aut, something currently being hotly fought by several groups.

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Registered: 05-02-2004

Another thought here,

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-23-2008

Right, then.

Do you also get offended when your doctor claims to understand more about medicine than you do?

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Registered: 10-08-2004
I am sorry but no one knows everything, we all learn every day. No one here is more correct than anyone else and no one here is beneath anyone either. We are all on the same level, learning, helping and wanting to help our children.

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Registered: 09-23-2008
I have 3 degrees in the field and extensive knowledge of special eduation law. I have been in the field for 25 years and acted as Committee Chair for the Multidiscipinary team for several years. Yes, you are "beneath me in knowledge" and my answers are "more correct" than yours.
There's nothing offensive about that, it's just a fact.

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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.

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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: 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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