The Complete IEP Guide: How to Advocate for Your Special Ed Child

The Complete IEP Guide: How to Advocate for Your Special Ed Child

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by Lawrence M. Siegel
     
 

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Create an IEP with this start to finish guide for caring parents.

Your special needs child needs a special education, and as a parent, you face a number of obstacles as you work with your school district to develop an Individual Education Plan (IEP). Lots of steps, complicated paperwork, and intimidating procedures may seem like too much to take on...
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Create an IEP with this start to finish guide for caring parents.

Your special needs child needs a special education, and as a parent, you face a number of obstacles as you work with your school district to develop an Individual Education Plan (IEP). Lots of steps, complicated paperwork, and intimidating procedures may seem like too much to take on...

...but you can do it! Let The Complete IEP Guide guide you through this complex process with vital information, strategies, and the encouragement you need to secure your child's education. Get everything you need to:

  • understand your child's rights
  • untangle eligibility rules and assessments
  • collect all school records
  • draft goals and objectives
  • pinpoint specific problems
  • develop a blueprint of program and services
  • research school programs and alternatives
  • prepare for IEP meetings
  • resolve disputes with your school district
Whether you're new to the IEP process or entering it once again, this user friendly, plain English guide is your outline for an effective educational experience for your child. You'll get all the forms, sample letters, and resources that you could possibly need at any stage of the IEP process.

This edition is completely updated to reflect the latest and major changes to federal regulations concerning your special education student, including details about your child's eligibility for special education services.

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Editorial Reviews

New Orleans Times-Picayune
For the parents of the six million children with disabilities... this guide is a godsend.
Providence Journal
Help[s] parents advocate for their child's educational needs.
Paula's Special Education Resources Website
Very comprehensive.
Deidre Hayden
This thorough, comprehensive guide leaves no detail uncovered...I love [The Complete IEP Handbook]
Executive Director, Matrix Parent Network and Resource Center
Larry Komar
Finally, an understandable and practical guide through the complex special education maze of the IEP! The Complete IEP Guide is must reading for any parent whether you're beginning the journey into special education or a veteran of the process.
Terence K. Prechter
As a parent advocate in special education for over twenty years, I find The Complete IEP Guide a welcome addition to the library of parents with special needs children...Unlike other books which chose to focus on the adversarial issues between parents and school personnel, this book keeps the focus on the child's education, its appropriateness and progress. I highly recommend it!
Reference & Research Book News
Provides all the strategies, forms, and instructions parents need to make the most of the Individualized Education Program
Support for Families of Children With Disabilities Newsletter
This book is an excellent tool for answering some tricky questions about Special Education and providing practical solutions.
Quest Magazine (Muscular Dystrophy Association)
Parents of children in special education may find Siegel's book just as crucial a back-to-school essential as school supplies and a lunch box.
From the Publisher
“The essential guide for any parent preparing for an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).”  Library Journal

“This guide is a godsend…”  New Orleans Times-Picayune

“Help[s] parents advocate for their child’s educational needs.”  Providence Journal

"Provides all the strategies, forms, and instructions parents need to make the most of the Individualized Education Program"  Reference & Research Book News

"Finally, an understandable and practical guide through the complex special education maze of the IEP! The Complete IEP Guide is must reading for any parent whether you're beginning the journey into special education or a veteran of the process." Larry Komar State Council for Children & Adults With Attention Deficit Disorder (CHADD)

"Siegel, a special education attorney and advocate, helps parents advocate for their special needs children and understand the individualized education program (IEP) process. He explains special education law and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), getting started and obtaining school records, getting organized, developing an IEP blueprint for the child's education, the role of evaluations, eligibility, exploring options and making the case, writing goals, preparing for and attending the IEP meeting, resolving disputes through due process, filing a complaint, finding a lawyer and doing legal research, and joining a parent organization. The guide focuses on helping children between the ages of three and 22 and does not address transition services that help children prepare for a job or college, including independent living skills, or discipline issues like suspension and expulsion. Forms, sample letters, and resources are available online." Eithne O'Leyne, Editor Ringgold, Inc. ProtoView

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781413320350
Publisher:
NOLO
Publication date:
06/01/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
File size:
6 MB

What People are saying about this

Terence K. Prechter
As a parent advocate in special education for over twenty years, I find The Complete IEP Guide a welcome addition to the library of parents with special needs children...Unlike other books which chose to focus on the adversarial issues between parents and school personnel, this book keeps the focus on the child's education, its appropriateness and progress. I highly recommend it!
—Terence K. Prechter, President of the California Learning Disabilities Association and longtime member of the California Advisory Commission on Special Education
Larry Komar
Finally, an understandable and practical guide through the complex special-education maze of the IEP.
—Larry Komar, Chair, California Advisory

Meet the Author

Lawrence Siegel has been a Special Education Attorney and Advocate since 1979, and has represented children with disabilities extensively in IEPs, due process, complaints, legal action and before legislative and policy bodies. Mr. Siegel has lectured and consulted with advocacy and parent groups throughout the country and is a member of the California Advisory Commission on Special Education. He has written special education legislation that has been adopted in several states and is the author of Least Restrictive Environment: The Paradox of Inclusion (LRP Publications, 1994). Mr. Siegel is the founder and Director of the National Deaf Education Project which works to ensure that the fundamental communication needs of deaf and hard of hearing children are part of the educational system. In 2004 5 he was appointed to an endowed chair at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. for his work as an advocate special education

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The Complete IEP Guide: How to Advocate for Your Special Ed Child 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is too general and doesn't address the details of how to advocate through the system for your child's best interest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This has been a fantastic reference to help us navigate through the red tape at our childs school. Every parent needs to know theirs and their childs rights!
Amorzinha More than 1 year ago
This book helped me through my toughest trials. I was able to get paperwork that I never thought I can get. This book also helped me through my meetings and gave me a better understanding of what I was getting into.
southernbookworm More than 1 year ago
As the parent of a deaf child, I re-read this every year in the days before the annual IEP meeting. While of course, not all the info is going to apply to every family's individual situation, this book definitely helps me to feel more prepared to advocate for my daughter.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book goes a good job of explaining the process. It also tells which strategies work and which don't.