When would my child need a Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA)?
A Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) can be conducted when the IEP team determines it would be appropriate for the child, or when a change in placement is being sought due to behaviors. Learn when the school district must be legally responsible for funding an FBA.
How do I write a strength-based IEP?
The team can employ a strength-based perspective by writing IEP goals that include information about what is already working. For example, a goal might begin by listing accommodations a child uses that may be incrementally removed or adjusted as the child masters the skill.
When should my child's IEP goals be aligned with general education curriculum?
It is ideal for all students to have academic goals that are aligned with the Common Core State Standards or the general education curriculum. For students with more extensive support needs, use Core Content Connectors or Common Core Connectors to determine appropriate goal objectives.
How do I request an Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE)?
When developing your IEP, the first step to requesting an independent assessment is to submit a written letter to the school district stating that you disagree with the district’s assessment of your child. The district has two choices on what happens next.
What is an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) meeting?
At the meeting, you'll discuss the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP), a document that describes your child’s needs, goals and objectives as well as the services and supports your child requires to achieve those goals and objectives.
Can I access both SELPA and Regional Center services?
Both SELPAs and Regional Centers provide Early Start services for children 0–3. If a child has both a low-incidence disability and a cognitive impairment, medical needs, and/or developmental disabilities, Regional Center would provide these services as the payer of last resort.
What can In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) pay for?
For children, authorized In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) may include personal care services, meal preparation, paramedical services, accompaniment to medical appointments, and protective supervision to prevent injury to themselves or others.
Does my child qualify for In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS)?
IHSS hours are awarded for allowable services to the extent that a child’s needs exceed those of a typically developing child of the same age. IHSS uses a ranking scale to determine the number of hours awarded for each service.
Can I be paid as my child’s In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) provider?
A parent can be paid as their child’s IHSS provider only if the parent is prevented from working full-time (40 hours per week) due to the child’s extraordinary needs, and there is not another suitable provider available with a legal obligation to care for the child.
What is the difference between accommodations and modifications?
Simply put, an accommodation adjusts how a student learns, while a modification adjusts what they learn. Whether something is considered an accommodation versus a modification will depend on whether the student is showing mastery of the grade-level standard.
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