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Presuming Competence Part 1

Presuming Competence, Part 1 To presume competence is to assume that disabled people are able and willing to learn, interact, and grow when given the opportunity. This means that although a person’s method of accessing and interacting with the world…
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Special Needs IEP

When you have a child with a special needs IEP, it can be stressful.  On top of rearing an atypical child, one has to prepare for and negotiate a contract for that child’s education.  It is a big undertaking.  You,…
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IEP Intimidation, Special Ed Advocacy Santa Clara

IEP Intimidation, Special Ed Advocacy Santa Clara Intimidation by a school district towards a parent does not always looks like classic intimidation.  When using the word “intimidation,” most people think of anger, stubbornness, mean faces, snarky comments, threats, or obvious…
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Special Education Advocate Santa Cruz

Special Education Advocate Santa Cruz County Ever wonder what is really going on inside a school district?  Curious about the unseen forces that impact your child’s education and IEP?  Have you questioned whether an advocate or private assessor who also…
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IEP Behavioral Goals part 2

Writing Behavioral IEP Goals, part two In part one I wrote that it is essential to understand the reasons for a student’s behavior so that well-written IEP behavioral goals can be developed. It is very important, once the reason is…
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IEP Goals, Behavioral part 1

Writing Behavioral IEP Goals, part 1 When the IEP team is writing behavioral goals for a student with behavioral challenges, it is very easy to write the goal with the intent of reducing or stopping a particular behavior like aggression…
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Special Ed Advocacy San Jose Goals

Your child’s assessments are done, and it is time to draw up goals at the IEP team meeting.  Because goals drive services, accommodations, and placement, they are crucial.  Here are some guidelines on writing effective goals.  The acronym is SMART….
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IEP Rules Santa Cruz

IEP GOLDEN RULES There are some Golden IEP rules that apply to each and every IEP in Santa Cruz and Santa Clara Counties, as well as throughout the State of California. We strongly recommend following them to help your child…
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Why Hire A Special Education Advocate Santa Clara County

There are several reasons to hire a special education advocate. A child with an IEP is entitled a free appropriate public education (FAPE).  The child’s school district must provide the services necessary for a child to receive FAPE.  Sometimes there…
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