Denied for an IEP

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Registered: 05-06-2007
Denied for an IEP
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Sun, 02-05-2012 - 8:47pm

Hi everyone. My son is 11 and was just diagnosed with Aspergers.

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Registered: 04-15-2004
Sun, 02-05-2012 - 9:38pm

what are you trying to accomplish - do you want to get speech and language services (pragmatics)?

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Registered: 05-06-2007
Sun, 02-05-2012 - 10:18pm
His teacher and the whole 504 plan team have all been great so far. I was just surprised when he didn't qualify for special education. The main reason I am fighting for it is because he goes to middle school next year and with an IEP, he will be put in co-taught classrooms. Here is a list of the testing and the results: ASDS- average of likely to very likely by both raters (myself and his teacher ) BASC-2- Clinically significant range on the developmental social disorders scale DAS-II and GCA- average to above average range GFTA-2 and CELF-4- average to above average range WJ-III- average to above average range In short, the first two are what went into the Aspergers diagnosis. The other tests show that his speech, intellectual abilities, etc are all average to above average. The discrepancy is his actual grades versus his intelligence.
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Registered: 04-15-2004
Sun, 02-05-2012 - 10:41pm

Getting an ASD diagnosis (school or doctor) does not automatically put a student into Spec Ed.

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Registered: 05-06-2007
Mon, 02-06-2012 - 11:53am

I think the problem in the classroom has pretty much been identified. He spaces out and misses directions. Then, as many times as I've told him to do so, he does not look around him at the other students for clues about what he should be doing.

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Registered: 05-06-2007
Mon, 02-06-2012 - 11:59am

To answer your last question, I have been taking notes of things for years. Behavior, daily schedule, different things we've tried (Omegas, cutting out Red 40 etc).

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Registered: 05-06-2007
Mon, 02-06-2012 - 3:03pm

Thanks. It's all so overwhelming but in time, I'm sure I will learn more and more about ways to help him.

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Registered: 01-30-2012
Mon, 02-06-2012 - 8:07pm

Based on the test results you listed, it is likely that the reason they are denying an IEP is because they are using the WJIII scores to determine a lack of adverse educational impact (basically saying that even though he may not perform well in class, he is still learning the material and the WJIII scores are evidence of that).

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Registered: 08-10-2011
Tue, 02-07-2012 - 12:29pm

Caren,

Some of the things you stated in your post really relate to my son also.

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Registered: 02-07-2012
Tue, 02-07-2012 - 1:26pm

Hello,

As someone who attends IEPs every week....

In order for your son to qualify for an IEP he needs to be 2 years below grade level (although some kids qualify under Speech, or Emotionally Disturbed). Now having Cs in class does not show that he is two years behind. That said, if he already has 504 plan, shouldnt that be enough? Why would you want to label him Special Ed? either way, let's say he gets an IEP, one intervention would be for him to go to the Resource Specialist room and work with a small group of kids for about two hours a week.... that is no much, and that's what he will get.

504 plans gives you lots of room to ask for accommodations.... talk to the special ed people in the district or whoever is in charge of conducting IEPs.

As a mom myself, and special ed intervention teacher, I encourage you to find other resources in the community. Public schools don't offer much anyways. He is ok academically (that's why he didnt qualify) not all kids have straight As, and they don't even have a disability. My main concern for him would be developing his social skills.... that should be the focus..... but again I dont know your son.

Best of luck,

G

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Registered: 02-07-2012
Tue, 02-07-2012 - 9:40pm
go on line and look for an iep ..my son has Aspergers and i need ed to change his IEP to accomodate his needs. they are required to do accomodations...mom of a now college graduate with Aspergers

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