I don’t have to remind you how difficult it can be to raise a child with special needs. However, I am going to do it anyway. Along with the challenges of maintaining the daily activities we call family, a parent to a child with special needs may also have to advocate and/or or fight to ensure their child has the services they need to succeed.
The Speical Education Handbook from the California Office of Administrative Hearings is helpful to parents as they advocate for their child.
“This Handbook describes what due process is and how it works in California. The IDEA intended parents to be able to use due process without an attorney. However, parents have a right to an attorney, at their own expense, and some, but not all, parents choose to have an attorney represent them. Parents also have the right to be accompanied by persons with specialized knowledge, although non-attorneys cannot represent Parents in mediation or in hearings. The Handbook is meant to help parents understand due process whether or not they have an attorney or other help. The Office of Administrative Hearings cannot give legal advice to anyone, but it is easier to be a part of mediation and a due process hearing if you understand the process. The Handbook will refer to the Special Education Division of the Office of Administrative Hearings as OAH.”
We understand that you might be new to the world of special education, or simply more interested in understanding some of the specific details of what due process is and how a complaint is drafted.
ABA, Applied Behavior Analysis, is a popular program designed to improve the overall development of individuals on the autism spectrum.
If you are new to the world of ABA, then my chat with Melissa Willa of Gateway Learning Group is for you. We start with the basics of what ABA is, what it looks like from a parent and therapist point of view and how it is evolving over time.
Dr. Dana Chidekel started her career as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist. She subsequently completed training in neuropsychology. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Neuropsychology and the American College of Professional Neuropsychology. She is certified by the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology and by the American Board of Pediatric Neuropsychology, for which she also serves as an examiner.
The parents claim the student was bullied for multiple years, isolated in the classroom, physically and verbally harassed and more. In addition, they claim the student was seen as rude and lazy and thus not well protected by his teachers.
These types of cases are heart-wrenching for me to read. As the parent to a child with autism (well, now adult), I always worried about bullying for him. As a teacher myself, I try to always spot those kids that are vulnerable to bullying. Frankly, those particular students can be difficult as they may not have the social skills to the same level as their peers. This, of course, is one of the reasons for the bullying. Students with less social skills are often targets. Teachers need to be their ally.
What do you think? Do you have a story to share about bullying in your family situation? Feel free to share it in the comments.
For many years we have worked with Dr. Christine Davidson for her IEE reports and other services she provides families.
In the past few years, Dr. Davidson has expanded her reach and now runs the Davidson Learning Center.
The center provides an individualized personal education for students who benefit from a non-traditional setting. She also runs a summer institute and we wanted to get the word out to families about the summer institute as a way to introduce the overall Davidson Learning Center.
For more information, check out her summer flyer.
In February of 2019, Richard met with families from the Riverside Community Advisory Committee to discuss their concerns.
His presentation covered appropriate placements for students with additional learning needs. Feel free to download his presentation.
Richard recently presented at a conference in Orange County titled regarding 504’s and IDEA.
Here is a copy of his presentation Determining Eligibility for Sect 504 and IDEA