It is not uncommon for a potential client to tell us they think their child needs paraprofessional support (sometimes thought of as a “one on one”). While the service sounds ideal, an adult supervising and supporting your child throughout the school day (or for a part of the day), there are particular areas in the IEP that need to demonstrate the need. The areas the paraprofessional would be servicing need to be specified throughout all parts of the IEP. Safety Safety concern is one of the most important criteria that teams may consider to determine a student requires paraprofessional assistance. [...]
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Your How-To Guide for an IEP Meeting With or Without an Advocate. School meetings for children with disabilities can be overwhelming and difficult to navigate. Let’s break it down. Here's some simple, doable steps that will help you feel empowered and prepared at each point in the process: before, during and after the IEP (Individualized Education Plan) meeting. WHAT TO DO BEFORE THE MEETING With An Advocate Review Your IEP Goals A brief phone call or consultation to ensure you’re on the same page. Make sure your advocate has updated information and reports or [...]