Category: Education

The First IEP Meeting

The first meeting with the school to discuss your child’s diagnosis and needs can be stressful and difficult. This article outlines the essential elements to increase the liklihood of a successful school meeting.

Your Child's Rights

Knowing your child’s educational rights is the foundation of educational advocacy.  Those parents who learn the basics of federal laws affecting their child’s education are better positioned to help their children than those who do not.  This doesn’t mean you have to memorize a lot of facts, but rather, understand how local school districts are bound by federal education law.

Key Educational Staff and Their Roles

The best advocates understand collaboration.  They know that working with others sometimes means compromising, finding alternative solutions, and accepting group decisions.  In your interaction with the school system, you will be working with an array of educators and administrators.  To be most effective, you should understand the roles of the various school system personnel who influence your child’s educational experience.

Mastering the IEP Process

To become an effective advocate for your child, you must understand the eight-step process that is required under IDEA.  Certain activities must be completed at each step in order to obtain and implement an appropriate Individual Education Program (IEP) for your child.

Bipolar Disorder and Learning

This document describes how bipolar disorder can affect learning.  You will learn about executive function deficits as well as many of the other types of learning deficits.

Mastering the IEP Process

To become an effective advocate for your child, you must understand the eight-step process that is required under IDEA.  Certain activities must be completed at each step in order to obtain and implement an appropriate Individual Education Program (IEP) for your child.

Your Child's Rights

Knowing your child’s educational rights is the foundation of educational advocacy.  Those parents who learn the basics of federal laws affecting their child’s education are better positioned to help their children than those who do not.  This doesn’t mean you have to memorize a lot of facts, but rather, understand how local school districts are bound by federal education law.

Become an Effective Educational Advocate

The Balanced Mind Parent Network is committed to providing information that will empower parents to increase their effectiveness as parent advocates.  Learning how to be your child’s advocate doesn’t happen overnight, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming.  In the process of reading this material, you will gain practical information that will increase your effectiveness – and your confidence – in advocating for a “free and appropriate public education” (FAPE) for your child.

ADVOCACY

Pediatric Bipolar Disorder: A Brain Illness

When teachers and school administrators witness students exhibiting conduct such as tantrums, defiance, refusals to do work, and school avoidance, they typically address the conduct as a behavioral problem that can be eliminated with traditional behavioral modification practices.  This document will help you explain to school personnel that a child with bipolar disorder "behavioral problems" are caused by physical illness.

The IDEA Classification Debate: ED or OHI?

This article discusses the importance of bipolar children being placed in OHI classification.  Article by Donna Gilcher, Ruth Field and Martha Hellander

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