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How to Successfully Refer Your Child for a Preschool Special Education Assessment

Parents are often surprised to learn their young child actually does not have to wait until they are 6 years old to be placed in a classroom in their local school district.  In fact, federal regulations requires every state to have a program in place to refer children for a special education assessment, who are …

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8 Parent Rights Regarding Special Education You Should Know

For parents of children with disabilities or delays, it’s imperative that you understand your Parent Rights to best advocate for your child’s educational needs. When stakeholders (i.e., teachers, therapists, etc) gather to discuss your child’s needs related to special education, the law outlines procedures and policies the school district must follow. Failure to follow said …

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5 Things You Should Know About Speech-Language Independent Educational Evaluations (IEE) in Georgia

What is an Independent Educational Evaluation? The Georgia Department of Education defines an Individualized Educational Evaluation as an evaluation conducted by a qualified individual who is not an employee of the school system.  This evaluation can be paid for by the local education agency (LEA)/school district/public agency.   There are certain conditions this evaluation must meet …

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5 IEP and 504 Plan Tips Every Parent Needs to Know

Guest blogger Christy Calbos, Esq of Calbos Law 1. Just Starting the Process? Know the difference between a 504 Plan and Special Education IEP. For special education eligibility, a student must be diagnosed with a disability that impairs their ability to make effective progress and thus requires specialized instruction, accommodations, and/or related services in order …

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My Child Was Evaluated for Early Intervention, Now What?

Your child was referred to your state’s local early intervention program for an evaluation. Two possible outcomes could have resulted: your child has significant delays and have been found eligible for an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) or your child was found ineligible. As it relates to the latter, being found ineligible for early intervention …

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Preschoolers with Developmental Delays Can Attend School Starting at 3 Years Old for FREE

Children 3 to 5 years old who demonstrate developmental delays may be eligible to receive special education services at your local elementary school. This is funded via Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), which contains grants related to providing free and appropriate public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive (LR) environment for …

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Does My Child Need Speech Therapy?

The need for speech therapy depends on many factors. Speech and language problems are not uncommon in children. Kids progress and develop at different rates. Because of this, it may be easy for a parent or pediatrician to overlook atypical communication development and the need for speech therapy. Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) are specialists in this …

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Babies Can’t Wait: The Breakdown of Georgia Early Intervention Services

As a parent, realizing that your child may not be meeting developmental milestones can be a difficult moment. Deciding on the next steps can be even more challenging, and it can feel overwhelming. Early intervention should always be a priority, but it’s important to consider who and when you enlist for services, as this can …

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