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6 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. Sometimes the school system pays for the independent evaluation and sometimes it is paid for by the parent, depending on circumstances. The …

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5 IEP and 504 Plan Tips Every Parent Needs to Know

Guest blogger Christy Calbos, Esq of Calbos Law 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 to …

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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 deficits 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

Concluding that your child may struggle in ways his or her peers may not is a tough moment for most parents. Deciding what to do next is even tougher, and frankly could be overwhelming. Early intervention should always be at the forefront, but who and when you enlist them to provide those services makes a …

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