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It’s Here!

  • Posted on November 1, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Have you ever come out of an IEP meeting only to realize you negotiated away your child’s services to get something you thought he needed more? Are you worried it’s going to happen again, because you’re not sure what you did wrong? Are you preparing for you first IEP meeting, but worried about the truly horrific IEP stories you’ve heard?

You don’t need to worry anymore! Dr. Vaughn K. Lauer, a renowned expert in special education, has written a great guide that will teach you how to work with teachers, therapists, and administrators to get the services your child needs—all of them! Using real stories gathered from real people, Dr. Lauer shows readers how IEP meetings can go wrong and teaches readers what they can do to make sure their IEP meetings go right—every time!

When the School Says No, How to Get the Yes!: Securing Special Education Services for Your Child
by Dr. Vaughn K. Lauer

Packed full of stories from parents, advocates, and school staff, this book lays out a structured, collaborative process that IEP teams can follow to determine what a child needs and how to provide services that meet those needs each and every time.

*Please note: One of the contributing stories is mine. I also edited the book. I am biased, but I do not profit from your purchase.

Short Notice

  • Posted on October 28, 2013 at 10:00 AM

I got a call last week. I received the message on Wednesday. It was a request to have Will’s IEP on Thursday. I was too busy to call back, which meant I was way too busy to attend an IEP meeting with a single day’s notice.

Today, I have Alex’s IEP. It was scheduled back when we were having an FBA meeting. Today, I also called to schedule Will’s IEP. It won’t be for tomorrow. I’m not sure when it will be. I had to leave a message.

My co-author, Vaughn K. Lauer, told me that, legally speaking, they’re supposed to give 10 days’ notice. That sounds fair. One day’s notice is not the least bit fair.

There are reasons for urgent meetings, of course. But an IEP meeting shouldn’t be urgently scheduled because the deadline is coming up. It should be a carefully planned process. Everyone should have time to prepare. That means you and me get time to prepare, too. Parents are a vital part of the IEP team.

Don’t let the school push you into an urgent meeting. You have time. Give yourself time to prepare. You’ll need it!