• The Complete IEP Guide wins a Bronze medal at the 2017 Foreword Review Awards The Complete IEP Guide wins a Bronze medal at the 2017 Foreword Review Awards

    The Complete IEP Guide wins a Bronze medal at the 2017 Foreword Review Awards

The Complete IEP Guide wins a Bronze medal at the 2017 Foreword Review Awards

Whether you’re a librarian, a bookseller, or just a general lover of books, you know that independent presses and authors are publishing some of the most innovative, creative, and beautiful books. To honor the very best of indie publishing each year, Foreword Reviews created the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards!

Thousands of books are entered each year, and their panel of over 120 librarians and booksellers take part in the judging, narrowing it down to a group of finalists and winners that represent the best books, all independently published, in over 60 categories.

Congratulations to The Complete IEP Guide by Lawrence Siegel which has been selected for a 2017 Bronze medal.

It can be intimidating to work with teachers, school administrators, and school districts to ensure that your child’s special educational needs are being met, especially if you don’t know much about special education law. This book will help guide you through your child’s IEP process by explaining your child’s rights and teaching you how to draft educational goals and objectives, research school programs and alternatives, prepare for IEP meetings, and resolve disputes with your school district.

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By |June 19th, 2018|IEP, News/Events|0 Comments

Creating an IEP Blueprint

The best way to secure an effective, appropriate, and complete IEP (Individualized Education Program) for your child is to know ahead of time what you want and what s/he needs.  Perhaps a simple proposition but crucial.


Follow these steps:

  1. Create a blueprint of the best possible program for your child.
  2. You are the superintendent and have all the power and resources – you create the program.
  3. No matter where you start, you will almost always end up a little below that – so start as high as possible.
  4. Your blueprint should include:
    1. A detailed description of the classroom/program you want for your child, including kind of class (regular class, special class etc.), # of students, age and cognitive range of students, whether they need to be students with the same challenges as your child, classroom strategies, curricula, what school.
    2. Other classroom needs:  for example maybe a quiet environment, or a small class in a small school.
    3. What support services, whether an aide, occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychological counseling, etc.   Details on how often, e.g., 2 times a week, 45 minutes each, 1:1 with a specialist trained in……
    4. Staff qualifications.
    5. Will your child be involved in general curriculum – full-time, some of the day, details about specific focus.
  5. Be sure to try to visit all possible options in your district before your IEP meeting so you can see how much of your blueprint can be met.
  6. Finally once you know what your child needs – the blueprint – you need to be able to prove s/he needs those items to ‘benefit from special education.”  In short you will need evidence of the need.
By |December 10th, 2015|Hints / Tips, IEP|0 Comments

Policy Changes from Washington DC

You may read about some policy change in special education law or a school person may say, did you know that the US issued a letter changing the meaning of this or that, altered the requirements of the IDEA?

These policy letters help explain what the law means and gives guidance to school districts and parents.  For example a recent policy letter focused on  “behavior-focused treatments” for children; another stated that students who are English-language learners and are suspected of having a disability should be evaluated for special education in “the appropriate language based on the student’s needs and language skills.”  A third stated that a school district that fails to stop bullying based on disability may be found to be denying disabled students their right to a free, appropriate public education.

These letters can be of help as you work on  your child’s IEP (Individualized Education Program).  The easiest way to access these is to search:  “OSEP Policy Letters“.

By |November 30th, 2015|Hints / Tips, IEP|0 Comments