Wrightslaw: The Special Education Survival Guide: from Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition: from Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition / Edition 2

Wrightslaw: The Special Education Survival Guide: from Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition: from Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition / Edition 2

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by Peter W. Wright, Pam Wright, Pamela Darr Wright

ISBN-10: 1892320096

ISBN-13: 9781892320094

Pub. Date: 01/01/2006

Publisher: Harbor House

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Table of Contents

From Emotions to Advocacyxiii
Why Advocate?xiv
What You Will Learnxiv
How This Book is Organizedxv
A Note to Parents of Section 504 Childrenxvii
A Note to Special Educatorsxvii
Section 1.Getting Started1
Chapter 1.Learning About Advocacy3
Why Advocate?4
Different Types of Advocates4
What Advocates Do5
The Parent's Journey From Emotions to Advocacy6
In Summation7
Chapter 2.Creating Your Master Plan9
The Need to Plan9
Elements of a Master Plan10
Planning for the Future12
Laura and Steve: Planning12
Writing Your Master Plan13
In Summation16
Chapter 3.The Parent as Project Manager17
Contractors and Project Managers17
The Special Education Project Manager17
Tips: Taking Care of Yourself19
In Summation20
Section 2.Advocacy 10121
Chapter 4.Learning the Rules of the Game23
The Rules23
Understanding the School24
Learning About Your School District25
Rules of the Game26
In Summation27
Chapter 5.Obstacles to Success29
Obstacles to Advocacy29
School Obstacles30
Parent Obstacles33
Dealing with Difficult People34
Warning: Common Emotional Traps40
Your Relationship with the School40
In Summation40
Chapter 6.Resolving Parent-School Conflict41
The Nature of Parent-School Conflict41
Real Issues: Expense and Control43
Common Parent-School Problems44
Tips to Resolve Problems49
In Summation51
Chapter 7.Emergency, Crisis, Help!53
Help! Events That Trigger Crises53
Crisis Management, Step-by-Step54
Short-Term Solutions54
Long Term Planning55
In Summation57
Section 3.The Parent as Expert59
Chapter 8.Evaluations and Your Child's Disability61
Get a Comprehensive Evaluation61
Finding Evaluators62
Understanding Test Results62
Limitations of School Evaluations64
Learn About the Disability64
Learn About Effective Educational Practices65
In Summation65
Chapter 9.The File: Do It Right!67
Document Management System67
Gather Information About Your Child67
Organizing the Master File68
Create Your List of Documents70
In Summation72
Chapter 10.Tests and Measurements 10173
Measuring Growth: Rulers, Yardsticks, and Other Tools74
Measuring Educational Change: Test Scores75
Learning About Evaluations75
Statistics 10176
The Bell Curve: A Powerful Tool80
Learning How Test Scores Are Reported84
In Summation86
Chapter 11.Tests and Measurements 10287
Learning About Composite Scores88
Using Pre- and Post-Testing to Measure Progress89
Norm-Referenced and Criterion-Referenced Tests90
Test Categories and Descriptions97
Charting Test Scores100
Your Homework Assignment102
In Summation102
Chapter 12.SMART IEPs103
Learning About SMART IEPs103
Smart IEP Goals and Objectives104
Present Levels of Performance105
Legal Definitions: Goals, Objectives and Benchmarks106
Measuring and Monitoring the Child's Progress107
Learning to Write SMART Goals and Objectives108
The SMART Weight Loss Program108
Mike Trains for the Fitness Test112
Kevin Learns to Type112
Megan Learns to Read113
Non-Goals: Attitude Statements113
Non-Goals: States of Being114
Homework Assignment #1: You Learn to Write Goals115
Homework Assignment #2: You Learn to Write SMART IEP Goals and Objectives115
In Summation116
Section 4.Special Education Law117
Chapter 13.IDEA--Overview and Legislative Intent119
Legislative Intent119
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1997120
In Summation120
Chapter 14.IDEA--Section 1400: Findings and Purposes121
20 U.S.C. [section] 1400 Congressional Findings and Purpose121
Wrightslaw Discussion of Findings and Purposes123
In Summation124
Chapter 15.IDEA--Section 1401: Definitions125
20 U.S.C. [section] 1401 Definitions125
Wrightslaw Discussion of Definitions128
In Summation130
Chapter 16.IDEA--Section 1412: LRE, ESY, Child Find, Private Placement, Assessments131
20 U.S.C. [section] 1412--State Eligibility131
Wrightslaw Discussion of Child Find, Least Restrictive Environment, Private Placements, State and District Assessments134
In Summation139
Chapter 17.IDEA--Section 1414: Evaluations, Eligibility, IEPs and Placement141
20 U.S.C. [section] 1414(a) Evaluations and Reevaluations141
Additional Requirements for Evaluations and Reevaluations143
Wrightslaw Discussion of Evaluations and Eligibility145
20 U.S.C. [section] 1414(d) Individualized Education Programs146
Wrightslaw Discussion of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and Placement150
In Summation152
Chapter 18.IDEA--Section 1415: Procedural Safeguards, Due Process, Discipline, etc.153
20 U.S.C. [section] 1415--Procedural Safeguards154
Wrightslaw Discussion of Prior Written Notice and Procedural Safeguards Notice156
20 U.S.C. [section] 1415(e), (f), (g), (h), and (i)--Mediation, Due Process Hearings, Appeals to Court157
Wrightslaw Discussion of Mediation, Due Process Hearings, Appeals to Court, Attorneys' Fees161
20 U.S.C. [section] 1415(k) Placement in Alternative Educational Setting165
Wrightslaw Discussion of Discipline170
20 U.S.C. [section] 1415 (m) Transfer of Parental Rights at Age of Majority173
Wrightslaw Discussion of Age of Majority173
Chapter 19.Section 504 of The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act175
Wrightslaw Discussion of Section 504, ADA and IDEA176
Section 504, ADA, High Stakes Testing, Statewide Assessments178
In Summation184
Chapter 20.Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act185
In Summation189
Section 5.Tactics and Strategies191
Chapter 21.The Rules of Adverse Assumptions193
The Rules of Adverse Assumptions194
To Avoid Conflict, Prepare for Conflict197
Proof and Evidence197
Simple Themes Win Cases198
In Summation199
Chapter 22.Creating Paper Trails201
Why Document?201
Logs, Journals and Calendars202
How to Use a Problem Report205
Handling Telephone Calls206
In Summation206
Chapter 23.How to Write Good Evidence Letters207
Why You Write Letters207
Strategies: Writing Good Letters209
Letter Writing Pitfalls211
Using Strategies in Letters212
In Summation218
Chapter 24.Writing the "Letter to the Stranger"219
The Blame Approach219
Impact of Angry Letters220
The Story-Telling Approach220
Using Persuasive Strategies in Letters222
Writing "Letters to the Stranger"223
In Summation225
Chapter 25.Preparing for Meetings: Taking Control227
You are a Negotiator227
Five Rules for Successful Problem Solving228
Preparing for School Meetings230
Image and Presentation235
In Summation235
Chapter 26.Meeting Strategies: Maintaining Control237
School Meeting Anxiety237
Meeting Strategies238
Common Meeting Problems240
Use the Problem-Resolution Worksheet242
Post-meeting Strategies245
In Summation245
Chapter 27.In Summation247
Appendix A.Appendix A to 34 C.F.R. Part 300249
Appendix B.Your Rights and Responsibilities Under IDEA277
Appendix C.Frequently Asked Questions About Special Education, from NICHCY281
Appendix D.State Departments of Special Education297
Appendix E.Parent Training Information Centers by State303
Appendix F.Disabilities Organizations and Information Groups313
Appendix G.Legal and Advocacy Resources323
Appendix H.Free Publications327
Appendix I.Sample Letters to the School331
Appendix J.Glossary of Special Education and Legal Terms351
Appendix K.Glossary of Assessment Terms361

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Mercurybabies More than 1 year ago
Don't attend another spec ed meeting without this book. This tells you everything you need to know to successfully navigate the special ed system and the law in place to protect your child, so your child receives a fair appropriate education. I had been to numerous meetings in the past where things sounded like they were going to be great but not much actually happened. My child ended up with a simple IEP with some random vague goals. After reading this, preparing the correct files, information etc, we came out of our first successful review meeting with the requests we asked for without any resistance. You will learn how to negotiate for what your child needs and prove they need it. How to track what is going on and insure that what is said, is done. It teaches you about testing, evaluations and how to use those to your advantage to be sure your child is learning. And it gives you an easy laymen term breakdown of special education law. It will get you organized and have your matters in order to be effective at your next IEP meeting. Being a prepared and informed parent makes you the best advocate for your child.
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todo More than 1 year ago
I haven't completed the book yet but so far it is a must for parents and advocates for children with special needs. For those involved with IEP's it can give you both legal and practical information for the whole team.It will always be with us when meeting on educational issues.
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mustangGR More than 1 year ago
This is a must have in conjunction with the Wrightslaw Special Ed law book. Having these two and listening to their Webex training was just like being in one of their actual workshops. I learned so much and was then able to start helping other families in my area. Worth every penny!
mom_advocate More than 1 year ago
When my son was first diagnosed with disabilities, I was desperate for information. I attended the first Wrightslaw seminar concerning advocacy I could find, and soon discovered the other materials, books and resources provided by this prolific and experienced couple. Pete and Pam Wright have dedicated their adult lives to informing parents as much as possible in laymans terms, about what to know to be empowered in the special education process. They have been very generous in providing information for free on their website www.wrightslaw.com, and in providing links to other resources that may be of assistance. At the bootcamp, I received this book as a 'primer' on how-to work the system and prepare myself. My confidence level increased enormously as my knowledge did. I consider this book the "Bible" of the special education advocacy process, as a start for anyone new to the process. Yes, information can be found for free in many other resources. However, they are providing not only the commonly known info (about law and procedure) in this book that can be found elsewhere, but their level of expertise about how to work the system gained over many years of law, advocacy, and psychology practice. Well worth the $20!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found the previous edition of this book to be better written than this one. While there is some good information, I found the same things on several Web sites, and for free, too. This book seems very hurried. As a parent advocate, I can't really recommend this new edition. There are better choices out there.