The Case for Paraprofessional Support


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 pats of the IEP. Safety Safety concerns is one of the most important areas that teams may determine a student requires paraprofessional assistance. A student [...]

The Case for Paraprofessional Support2020-07-09T13:53:07+00:00

Win in Federal Court for Our Clients!


Today our triplet clients had another huge win against the Miami-Dade County School District - the fourth largest in the country.  We're so thrilled to report that Judge Joan Lenard of the Federal District Court of the Southern District of Florida denied the school board's motion to dismiss our case.  Our clients, who won a due process case against the district under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, filed a complaint in federal court to enforce that win and the school district tied to get the case dismissed.  Today that motion to dismiss the case was denied.  This is a great development because [...]

Win in Federal Court for Our Clients!2020-04-15T02:18:09+00:00

Can A Child with Behavior Problems Survive in a Typical Classroom?


This issue is really getting to me lately.  It seems I have several clients right now who have bright kids who are perfectly capable of doing well in a general education classroom but for their behavior problems.  The schools I'm dealing with often want to transfer the kids to special education classrooms which are exclusively for kids with "emotional or behavior disorders" or to another type of classroom purely for kids in special education, such as a class for kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). "EBD" or Other Self-Contained Classrooms EBD classrooms are generally "self-contained" that means that they have only special education [...]

Can A Child with Behavior Problems Survive in a Typical Classroom?2020-04-15T01:54:39+00:00

Even If You Could Get a 1:1 Aide, Here’s Why You May Not Want One.


I hear it less now than I used to, but parents still routinely ask whether I can help their child get a 1:1 aide (meaning a paraprofessional who is ostensibly hired only to support a single child). My first response is that it's always been very difficult, but due to budget cuts, it's more difficult now than ever.  My next response is that aides are not usually the answer to helping kids stay in a mainstream or gifted class. I recently heard a prominent Miami-Dade school official say at an IEP meeting for a disabled who qualified to be in [...]

Even If You Could Get a 1:1 Aide, Here’s Why You May Not Want One.2020-04-15T03:10:35+00:00

Finally, Some Good News for Gifted and Disabled!


One of the most challenging and infuriating areas in which I practice is advocating for the gifted and disabled (called "twice exceptional") these days.  I feel particularly passionately about these cases because I fall into the category of twice exceptional (I suffer from multiple learning disabilities) and when I was a student in public school, I was left back in second grade and misdiagnosed as cognitively "slow." I am continually arguing to the school districts in South Florida that a gifted student should not be denied special education and related services soley because they are capable of performing at or above grade level.  I understand that the [...]

Finally, Some Good News for Gifted and Disabled!2020-04-15T17:32:39+00:00

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