Is my child eligible for Regional Center early intervention services?
Under California law, children are eligible for early intervention services if they have a developmental delay or are at risk of a developmental delay. Learn the specific criteria for Regional Center eligibility.
Can a child without developmental delays get Regional Center services?
An infant or toddler with a low-incidence disability may be eligible for early intervention services from the local education agency (LEA) even if the child does not have sufficient developmental delay to qualify for Regional Center services.
Who provides special education services after age 3?
Once a child turns three years old, the child’s school district of residence becomes responsible for providing special education services under IDEA. The transition from Regional Center services begins several months before the child turns three years old.
What happens after I request an independent assessment?
After the independent assessment is completed, the IEP team will meet to discuss the results. The assessor should attend the meeting to explain their findings and answer questions. The IEP team will then discuss how best to incorporate their recommendations into the child’s IEP.
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 Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE)?
If you disagree with the results of a school IEP assessment, you have the right to an Independent Educational Evaluation, or IEE, at public expense. An independent assessment is conducted by a qualified professional who is not employed by the school district.
What should I do when I disagree with the school’s assessment?
If the district performs an assessment of your child and you feel it does not accurately reflect their strengths and needs, you have the right to an Independent Educational Evaluation, or IEE, at public expense.
How are students assessed for an IEP?
To qualify for an IEP, a student must receive an initial full assessment by a school psychologist, special education teacher, and any additional service providers that are relevant to the student’s disability. A parent can request an assessment of their child at any time.
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.
If my child doesn’t meet an IEP goal, should it carry over next year?
When your child doesn’t meet an IEP goal, simply rolling the goal over to the following year’s IEP is not sufficient. Rather, it’s important to think about why your child didn’t meet the goal as well as the supports, assessments, and strategies involved.
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.
What should I do if my request for a Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) is refused?
The school must give you prior written notice, and just as with all disputed assessments, you can respond by filing for due process or mediation. There are also a variety of alternative dispute resolution possibilities offered by all school districts.
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.
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