Tag Archives: Learning Disabilities

Do you need advice on Educational Advocacy for your child?

posted by: chau, time: 29 August 2012, 11:16 am

Parents often feel confused on the right steps to take to advocate for their child  in school and need direction or advice to help guide them with their child’s school needs. As an Educational Specialist, I have learned to navigate through the school system and have helped many parents with their children to attain the best education.

If you feel you need some advice to help your child, contact me for a free half hour consultation at (925) 322-5020. Or schedule an appointment to learn more about parents educational rights.

Tags: advocacy, Learning Disabilities, Special Education

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Can I Request an Evaluation From My School Distict If My Child is in a Private School?

posted by: chau, time: 8 February 2018, 6:18 am

Many parents who have children in a private school don’t know if they can request an full evaluation from the school district if their child is struggling in school. Parents can request a full evaluation from the current school district that their child resides in. They must offer special education and related services to children. Under the 2004 amendments to IDEA, school districts must consult with private schools about whether and how special education and related services will be provided to children whose parents placed them in private school. However, the school district may not provide these services at the private school (although it can choose to do so), nor does it have provide any services different if the child were in public school.

Parents can contact the Special Education Director of the current school district your child resides in by sending a written letter requesting your child have a full evaluation. You can search on the school districts website for the contact information for the name of the administrator and the email and phone number.  Once you have sent the request to the director, the school district will present you with an evaluation plan listing all testing to be done on your child in order for eligibility for special education, or to assess your child’s current status if already in special education. The next step you will have to approve the assessment plan or ask for certain tests or evaluation tools be added or eliminated. Federal Law (IDEA) requires the school district to complete your child’s first evaluation and determine whether your child is eligible for special education within 60 days of receiving your consent to do the evaluation. 60 calendar days, not business or school days, weekends and holidays count toward the 60-day deadline.

What should the evaluation plan include? The evaluation plan should include specifically named tests, a section where you can request additional tests  or other methods of evaluation, and a place for you to provide your written approval or disapproval. IDEA requires that the school district to get your permission before it can evaluate your child. Your consent must be informed which means that you must understand fully what your consenting to.


Tags: advocacy, assessment, evaluation, private school, Special Education, special education consultant, special needs, teacher

What is the “least restrictive environment”

posted by: chau, time: 2 September 2014, 2:58 am

It is important as a parent to be aware of what “the least restrictive environment” is. The least restrictive environment (LRE) is often referred to when placing students who have IEPs into a SPED (Special Education) program. Least restrictive refers to the environment that will allow the student to have the most access to general education to be successful academically. This could mean one or two classes in the general education setting or all classes in the general education setting with some support from a special education teacher who acts as the student’s case manager to consult with the general education teacher to make sure accommodations and students needs are shared.
As a parent, it’s important to be aware of your child’s academic needs so that they can be placed appropriately and receive the support they need. Prior to an IEP meeting, think about what kind of classes you think that your child will benefit from most; for example should they be in a general education math class or be placed in a resource/sped (special education) math class or a math class that is taught by a general education teacher and special education teacher. These are just some of the configurations that currently are being used within the public school system.
As a special education teacher, I’ve tried to create classroom schedules that benefit the students on my caseload so that they can be exposed to the general education curriculum and setting as much as possible while at the same time receiving the support they need.

Tags: IEP, least restrictive environment, Special Education

5 Essential Tips to Prep Your Child for Back to School

posted by: chau, time: 25 August 2014, 6:37 am


Some families dread to hear the words “back to school” again. Television ads about back to school remind you constantly that it is time to prepare your kids for school again.

What will you do to prep your children for school? Feeling stressed out? Are your kids anxious to return?

Help your child ease into the new school year by using some of these tips suggested.

Here are 5 tips that will help parents launch their kids into the new school year.

1. Routines. Return to a routine by at least one week ahead before school starts by having your child wake-up the same time you normally follow during the school year. This way when the first day of school starts, you and your child will be ready.

2. Prepare emotionally. Even the most social child may have some anxiety about the beginning of a new school year. The first week can be especially with new teachers, routines, and surroundings. Help your child handle his anxieties and yours by having a good talk about the beginning of the school year. Make sure your child knows that it usually takes a couple of weeks to adjust to everything. Talking through this can lessen uneasiness and will help calm everybody’s nerves.

3. Meditation. A great way to help your child focus and relieve stress is by meditating. A book just released in July called “The Connected Kids Book.” This book helps adults teach meditation to children who have special needs, but this book can be used for all children as well. It is only available in E-format. Website – http://www.teachchildrenmeditation.com.

4. Organization. Make sure your child has all the school supplies necessary for all their academic classes. Dedicate an area for homework that is comfortable, tidy, noise-free, and distraction-free. Kids who have AD/HD can benefit from having timers to help them focus on completing homework assignments.
Hang a calendar and lunch menus on the refrigerator and special hooks for backpacks near a door.
There are several organization apps now available for kids to use to help with their organizational skills. To name a few, iStudiez Pro, Picture Planner, Planner Plus and Next Thing.

5. Meet Teachers. Get involved in your child’s classroom. Don’t wait too long to speak with your child’s teacher if something seems to be going wrong at school. Make an appointment to see the teacher and be persistent if you don’t hear from the teacher. Teachers are usually very good about contacting parents to set up a time to meet with you. Adjustments in school homework or seating arrangements can make a big difference for your child to be more successful in school. Sometimes parents need to request a different teacher for their child than the teacher who was originally assigned.
If you need to request for an IEP meeting, don’t wait, it can take weeks for a meeting to be set up.

In the end, the most important thing is to know your own child and if something is not going well in school, don’t wait for them to begin to say they don’t like school.

Tags: AD/HD, Apps, kids, Meditation, Organization, special needs, tips