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Developing your child's IEP should not feel like trying to solve a Rubik’s cube.
Is the IEP meeting your child’s unique needs?
If not, you should not lose sight of the fact that parents are an equal members of the IEP team and share in the responsibility of designing and developing an education program that meets your child's unique needs.
IEP is both a process and a document. The IEP document is the heart and soul of special education. Think of it as the heliocentric model of our solar system. Just as the planets orbit the sun, so do placement, services, modifications, and accommodations revolve around your child's IEP. Therefore, it is extremely important that you play an active role in structuring a specially designed IEP that actually meets your child’s unique needs.
Unfortunately, developing an IEP is no easy task for today's busy parents. Laws and regulations are difficult to understand, acronyms and technical jargon can quickly get confusing, not to mention the fact that the IEP team composition can make you feel outnumbered and apprehensive about suggesting modifications to your child's IEP. It’s like to trying to solve a puzzle without a guide. But... guess what? Problem solved!
The IEP Guy will be your guide to solving the special education puzzle, put his expertise to work for you, and vigorously advocate on your behalf to overcome any obstacles or challenges the school might be throwing your way and secure the free and appropriate public education your child's school is legally required to provide.
Serving Central and North County, The IEP Guy is an experienced non-attorney special education rights advocate with expertise in IEP’s dealing with processing disorders, specific learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, dyslexia, ADHD and special education eligibility.
During an 8 year stint as a full-time employee for one of San Diego’s largest school districts, The IEP Guy participated in 2 or 3 daily IEP meetings. Doing the math, this adds up to more than 2,000 IEP meetings!
This unique professional experience is supplemented with The IEP Guy’s educational background: a bachelor's and master’s degree in legal studies along with completion of the Special Education Advocacy program offered by the University of San Diego School of Law. A combination unequaled by any other special education advocate in San Diego and proven successful in creating positive outcomes for parents and students. Voice of San Diego recently showcased The IEP Guy in an article related to trends in special education funding.
Don't get caught up in trying to solve the special education puzzle on your own. It's stressful, time-consuming and the learning curve alone will require months of your time! Wouldn't that time be better spent doing the things you like?
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It's important to point out that special education is the most complex and highly regulated area of the education field, so you shouldn't feel bad if it seems like you haven't been able to move forward on your own. You are up against worthy opponents who have been doing this for years. Their experience far outweighs your best intentions. Think of it this way, even professional climbers hire guides to scale Mount Everest. Get The IEP Guy in your corner and level the playing field!