Can Special Education Personnel Pick And Choose Services And What About Waiting Lists?

Have you been told by special education personnel that they do not provide Applied Behavioral Analysis therapy, for children with autism? Have you been told that your school district only provides certain services, due to money issues? Is your child on a waiting list for educational or related services? This article will discuss whether the Individuals with Disabilities Educational Act (IDEA), allows special education personnel to only provide certain services to children with a disability. Also discussed, are children put on waiting lists for related and educational services.

IDEA defines special education as: specially designed instruction at no cost to the parents, to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability…

The purpose of IDEA is to provide an education that meets a child’s unique needs and prepares the child for further education, employment and independent living.

Special Education Personnel cannot pick and choose which services that they are going to offer to children with disabilities. That having been said, many school personnel do try and limit what services that they will give children. This is the reason why it is critical that you stand up to special education personnel, who may ruin your child’s life by not giving them the services that they need.

If special education personnel try and limit your child’s services, ask them to show you, under what authority they have the right to deny your child needed educational services (there isn’t any). Remember what special education is-special designed instruction to meet the unique needs of your child.

Also, consider getting an Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE) of your child to prove what services that your child needs. The evaluator can participate in an IEP meeting by telephone, when the evaluations recommendations are discussed.

Waiting lists are also not allowed under IDEA. The difficulty is that when special education personnel state that they are putting your child on a waiting list, it sounds like it could be reasonable. It is not until you find out that waiting lists are not allowed, that you realize that you have been deceived. Always ask special education personnel to prove to you in writing, that what they are saying is the truth. If they cannot show you in writing that what they said is truthful; it probably is not.

For Example: Your 3 year old child with autism needs Applied Behavioral Analysis Treatment. The special education personnel, tells you that the class is full, and that they are waiting for additional funding for a new class. But in the mean time, your child will be put on a waiting list. Write them a letter, documenting what they said, and ask them to show you where it states in federal or state law, that they are allowed to have waiting lists (they aren’t). File for a state complaint for violation of your child’s rights.

By understanding what special education personnel can and cannot do under IDEA, helps you in your advocacy efforts for your child. Do not give up fighting for an appropriate education for your child, or their life may be forever ruined!

4 Parenting Tips – How to Overcome Blame, From Special Education Personnel

Are you the parent of a child with autism that has been blamed for your child’s behavioral difficulties? Have you been told by special education personnel that your child’s learning disability or difficulty is your fault? This article will discuss a study of school psychologists about blame for children’s learning difficulties. And also, give you tips,on how to overcome the blame, placed by some disability educators.

Several years ago, I heard about a study where school psychologists were asked who they blamed, when a child had learning difficulties. The basic outcome of the study showed that 100% of the psychologists that were surveyed, placed the blame on the child or the parents. Not one school psychologist blamed the school district, teacher, inappropriate curriculum, lack of resources, or inadequate instruction, for children’s learning difficulties. Years ago, I heard a school psychologist blame a mother for her daughter’s learning disability, since then I have heard it several times.

While the study did not include blame for behavioral difficulties, it has been my experience that school personnel often blame parents for children’s school behavioral issues. Parents must overcome both types of blame, so that they can advocate for an appropriate education, for their child.

Tip 1: If a school person tells you that your child’s behavior, is because of something that is going on at home, stand up to them. Tell the person that you do not believe that this is true. If your child has autism, they may have a lot of behavioral difficulties due to their disability. Most families are not perfect, but most times do not cause a child’s behavioral difficulty; especially if the child’s behavioral difficulty is at school.

Tip 2: Try and figure out what your child is telling you by their behavior; perhaps the work is too hard, they are not receiving appropriate instruction. Try and figure out the ABC’s of Behavior; A stands for antecedent (what was happening before the behavior), B stands for Behavior (what was the specific behavior), and C stands for the Consequence (what did the child get out of the behavior). By focusing on the behavior, and not the blame you will help your child.

Tip 3: If your child is struggling with academics due to a learning disability; make sure that they are receiving research based instruction, which is required by No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Children with learning disabilities need a reading program with five principles: Simultaneous multi sensory, systematic and cumulative, direct interaction, diagnostic teaching, and analytic instruction. Check out for more information.

Tip 4: Tell the special education person, that your child has the right to a free appropriate public education, and you will be holding them accountable for that. Be honest, and bring up any school related reasons that you believe your child is having academic difficulty, or behavioral difficulty. Many schools continue using outdated curricculums that do not work, which can cause lack of academic progress and frustration in some children.

You can overcome the blame that some disability educators try and place on your or your child. Continue to focus on your child, and their needs, and this will help you overcome the blame. Your child is depending on you!

School Management: Top Three Education Staff Services To Have

All businesses depend heavily on the expertise and work ethic of its staff so as to develop and succeed. Schools and any other academic organization, are not exempt with this trust. Hiring the ideal instructors, administrators, directors, as well as other necessary staff is simply part of achieving this trust. Other elements come up, each of which can be properly managed by an expert staff management firm that specialises in the education sector.

There are a number of various education personnel services that schools can utilize to their advantage. For small or start-up academic centres, it’s important to focus on the ones that make the most convenience and present the most ideal outcomes not having paying the prohibitive charges. Here are top three staff assistance to take into account.

Recruitment assistance or support. Employing new workers is a time consuming and costly process. This is particularly so for schools as academic institutions have to apply a stringent process. From strict compliance to comprehensive requirements to thorough interviews, the recruitment procedure of every school needs to check applicants for suitability. Furthermore, the school has to make certain that they are satisfying the state’s standards. An education personnel firm can do systematic and meticulous application screenings, they can arrange employment contracts, and they can run Court Records Bureau checks. All of which should unburden schools with the job of recruitment and provide them with the suitable employees.

Professional education HR services. When the new head teachers, curriculum directors, or administrators are already employed, academic institutions will require assistance in either formulating their human resources guidelines or implementing those guidelines. The policies will deal with a number of HR issues. These problems may consist of early retirement, redundancies, employees audits, absence management, job evaluations, and compensation terms. An education management provider will be able to provide consultation services that make it simple for every school to manage its personnel, in every given circumstance. The service needs to be tailored in accordance with the requirements of the academic institution, from consultancy on all concerns of recruiting issues to assist on certain things like employees audits.

Training on academy economic management. An education management provider will have the staff and the knowledge to do on-site economic training for head teachers, school business managers, or principals on issues essential to running every school. These training options may consist of academy financial administration, finances creation, variance evaluation and report requirements, school financial consciousness for head teachers, governor financial committee training on a number of financial topics, and many other financial coaching options.

It’s difficult running a school. But with professional support in key areas, school management will be not as much complicated. With the help of education management professionals, regardless if they are delivering education finance services or personnel assistance, every educational institution can grow and prosper.