If you have a child with special needs, he or she probably has an IEP plan, otherwise known as an individualized educational program. The thing is though, some parents struggle to get everything that needs covered, covered in the IEP plan their school district offers them. Maybe the plan seems good on paper, but it is not working out like you think it should. You may need the assistance of a special education lawyer. Here are a couple of ways they can help you.
They Will Carefully Review The Existing IEP
One of the first things your special education attorney will do is go over every detail of the current IEP plan. They will consult with you in regards to what you asked to be in the plan and it wasn't, as well as what parts of the plan are being ignored, if any at all. This will help give your lawyer a good overall view of the current situation and what they might be able to do about it. While the attorney is not going to take over the entire IEP planning process, they are going to be there to help coach you along the way. They can assist you in writing a letter to the school board and to anyone else that is involved in the IEP planning and implantation of that plan.
They Can Go To The Meetings
If you need the extra support, your special education lawyer can go with you to the educational planning meetings. You will still have the ability to speak up at these meetings, but your attorney will be there in order to make sure that all of the important bases are covered before the meeting comes to a close. Also, your attorney will help by removing emotion from the situation. You are going to have emotions in regards to what is going on, but that can sometimes cause people to have misjudgments. Your attorney will only have the task at hand on their mind, as this is the job that you hired them to do.
If you would like to learn more about how a special education lawyer can help your child get the educational support they need, you will want to call and schedule a consultation. The sooner you get the process started, the sooner your child will be able to start benefiting from the treatment goals in their IEP.
For more information, contact a special education lawyer near you.