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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781892320094
  • Publisher: Harbor House
  • Publication date: 1/1/2006
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 330
  • Sales rank: 112,031
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction xiii
From Emotions to Advocacy xiii
Why Advocate? xiv
What You Will Learn xiv
Icons xv
How This Book is Organized xv
A Note to Parents of Section 504 Children xvii
A Note to Special Educators xvii
Section 1. Getting Started 1
Chapter 1. Learning About Advocacy 3
Why Advocate? 4
Different Types of Advocates 4
What Advocates Do 5
The Parent's Journey From Emotions to Advocacy 6
Supplies 7
In Summation 7
Chapter 2. Creating Your Master Plan 9
The Need to Plan 9
Elements of a Master Plan 10
Planning for the Future 12
Laura and Steve: Planning 12
Writing Your Master Plan 13
In Summation 16
Chapter 3. The Parent as Project Manager 17
Contractors and Project Managers 17
The Special Education Project Manager 17
Tips: Taking Care of Yourself 19
In Summation 20
Section 2. Advocacy 101 21
Chapter 4. Learning the Rules of the Game 23
The Rules 23
Understanding the School 24
Learning About Your School District 25
Rules of the Game 26
In Summation 27
Chapter 5. Obstacles to Success 29
Obstacles to Advocacy 29
School Obstacles 30
Parent Obstacles 33
Dealing with Difficult People 34
Warning: Common Emotional Traps 40
Your Relationship with the School 40
In Summation 40
Chapter 6. Resolving Parent-School Conflict 41
The Nature of Parent-School Conflict 41
Real Issues: Expense and Control 43
Common Parent-School Problems 44
Tips to Resolve Problems 49
In Summation 51
Chapter 7. Emergency, Crisis, Help! 53
Help! Events That Trigger Crises 53
Crisis Management, Step-by-Step 54
Short-Term Solutions 54
Long Term Planning 55
In Summation 57
Section 3. The Parent as Expert 59
Chapter 8. Evaluations and Your Child's Disability 61
Get a Comprehensive Evaluation 61
Finding Evaluators 62
Understanding Test Results 62
Limitations of School Evaluations 64
Learn About the Disability 64
Learn About Effective Educational Practices 65
In Summation 65
Chapter 9. The File: Do It Right! 67
Document Management System 67
Gather Information About Your Child 67
Organizing the Master File 68
Create Your List of Documents 70
In Summation 72
Chapter 10. Tests and Measurements 101 73
Mike 73
Measuring Growth: Rulers, Yardsticks, and Other Tools 74
Measuring Educational Change: Test Scores 75
Learning About Evaluations 75
Statistics 101 76
The Bell Curve: A Powerful Tool 80
Learning How Test Scores Are Reported 84
In Summation 86
Chapter 11. Tests and Measurements 102 87
Katie 87
Learning About Composite Scores 88
Using Pre- and Post-Testing to Measure Progress 89
Norm-Referenced and Criterion-Referenced Tests 90
Test Categories and Descriptions 97
Charting Test Scores 100
Your Homework Assignment 102
In Summation 102
Chapter 12. SMART IEPs 103
Learning About SMART IEPs 103
Smart IEP Goals and Objectives 104
Present Levels of Performance 105
Legal Definitions: Goals, Objectives and Benchmarks 106
Measuring and Monitoring the Child's Progress 107
Learning to Write SMART Goals and Objectives 108
The SMART Weight Loss Program 108
Mike Trains for the Fitness Test 112
Kevin Learns to Type 112
Megan Learns to Read 113
Non-Goals: Attitude Statements 113
Non-Goals: States of Being 114
Homework Assignment #1: You Learn to Write Goals 115
Homework Assignment #2: You Learn to Write SMART IEP Goals and Objectives 115
In Summation 116
Section 4. Special Education Law 117
Chapter 13. IDEA--Overview and Legislative Intent 119
Legislative Intent 119
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1997 120
In Summation 120
Chapter 14. IDEA--Section 1400: Findings and Purposes 121
20 U.S.C. [section] 1400 Congressional Findings and Purpose 121
Wrightslaw Discussion of Findings and Purposes 123
In Summation 124
Chapter 15. IDEA--Section 1401: Definitions 125
20 U.S.C. [section] 1401 Definitions 125
Wrightslaw Discussion of Definitions 128
In Summation 130
Chapter 16. IDEA--Section 1412: LRE, ESY, Child Find, Private Placement, Assessments 131
20 U.S.C. [section] 1412--State Eligibility 131
Wrightslaw Discussion of Child Find, Least Restrictive Environment, Private Placements, State and District Assessments 134
In Summation 139
Chapter 17. IDEA--Section 1414: Evaluations, Eligibility, IEPs and Placement 141
20 U.S.C. [section] 1414(a) Evaluations and Reevaluations 141
Additional Requirements for Evaluations and Reevaluations 143
Wrightslaw Discussion of Evaluations and Eligibility 145
20 U.S.C. [section] 1414(d) Individualized Education Programs 146
Wrightslaw Discussion of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and Placement 150
In Summation 152
Chapter 18. IDEA--Section 1415: Procedural Safeguards, Due Process, Discipline, etc. 153
20 U.S.C. [section] 1415--Procedural Safeguards 154
Wrightslaw Discussion of Prior Written Notice and Procedural Safeguards Notice 156
20 U.S.C. [section] 1415(e), (f), (g), (h), and (i)--Mediation, Due Process Hearings, Appeals to Court 157
Wrightslaw Discussion of Mediation, Due Process Hearings, Appeals to Court, Attorneys' Fees 161
20 U.S.C. [section] 1415(k) Placement in Alternative Educational Setting 165
Wrightslaw Discussion of Discipline 170
20 U.S.C. [section] 1415 (m) Transfer of Parental Rights at Age of Majority 173
Wrightslaw Discussion of Age of Majority 173
Chapter 19. Section 504 of The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act 175
Wrightslaw Discussion of Section 504, ADA and IDEA 176
Section 504, ADA, High Stakes Testing, Statewide Assessments 178
In Summation 184
Chapter 20. Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act 185
In Summation 189
Section 5. Tactics and Strategies 191
Chapter 21. The Rules of Adverse Assumptions 193
The Rules of Adverse Assumptions 194
To Avoid Conflict, Prepare for Conflict 197
Proof and Evidence 197
Simple Themes Win Cases 198
In Summation 199
Chapter 22. Creating Paper Trails 201
Why Document? 201
Logs, Journals and Calendars 202
How to Use a Problem Report 205
Handling Telephone Calls 206
In Summation 206
Chapter 23. How to Write Good Evidence Letters 207
Why You Write Letters 207
Strategies: Writing Good Letters 209
Letter Writing Pitfalls 211
Using Strategies in Letters 212
In Summation 218
Chapter 24. Writing the "Letter to the Stranger" 219
The Blame Approach 219
Impact of Angry Letters 220
The Story-Telling Approach 220
Using Persuasive Strategies in Letters 222
Writing "Letters to the Stranger" 223
In Summation 225
Chapter 25. Preparing for Meetings: Taking Control 227
You are a Negotiator 227
Five Rules for Successful Problem Solving 228
Preparing for School Meetings 230
Image and Presentation 235
In Summation 235
Chapter 26. Meeting Strategies: Maintaining Control 237
School Meeting Anxiety 237
Meeting Strategies 238
Common Meeting Problems 240
Use the Problem-Resolution Worksheet 242
Post-meeting Strategies 245
In Summation 245
Chapter 27. In Summation 247
Appendices 249
Appendix A. Appendix A to 34 C.F.R. Part 300 249
Appendix B. Your Rights and Responsibilities Under IDEA 277
Appendix C. Frequently Asked Questions About Special Education, from NICHCY 281
Appendix D. State Departments of Special Education 297
Appendix E. Parent Training Information Centers by State 303
Appendix F. Disabilities Organizations and Information Groups 313
Appendix G. Legal and Advocacy Resources 323
Appendix H. Free Publications 327
Appendix I. Sample Letters to the School 331
Appendix J. Glossary of Special Education and Legal Terms 351
Appendix K. Glossary of Assessment Terms 361
Bibliography 367
Index 369
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  • Posted June 14, 2011

    Absolute Essential for parents with children in special education

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 20, 2012

    A must for special needs parents & advocates.

    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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  • Posted November 6, 2009

    a must have

    This is a must have in conjunction with the Wrightslaw From Emotion to Advocacy 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!

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  • Posted November 6, 2009

    a must read for parents

    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!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    The "bible" for beginning advocacy

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2006


    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.

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