It is National Eating Disorders Awareness week. People don’t often think about eating disorders when they think about special education, but eating disorders can have a significant impact on education. Eating disorders can impact cognitive functioning. Children with eating disorders often have co-occurring disabilities, like depression and anxiety.
As the rush of the first few weeks of school ends and you begin to settle in, it’s a good time to pause and take a look at your child’s Individualized Education Plan (“IEP”). The IEP is a critically important document. It is the document that describes what your child’s needs are and what the school is doing about it. So, it is really important that it be accurate and comprehensive.
A parent’s attendance at IEP meetings is essential, but some parents may struggle to take time off in order to attend these meetings. If this sounds like you, you are in luck! A recently published opinion from the Department of Labor (DOL) details how parents can take leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) in order to attend meetings to develop your child’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP), known in Connecticut as PPT meetings.
Yes, they can! Schools often overlook children with mental health needs like anxiety and depression, particularly when those mental health needs that manifest themselves internally. Depression and anxiety are often invisible.
If you suspect your child may need special education services, it isn’t always easy to figure out how to get the school to provide special education services. The process can be pretty complex and daunting, especially for parents who are new to it.
Yes! Parents of children with special education needs often wonder if they can invite the paraprofessional working with their child to the PPT meeting. In Connecticut, parents can not only ask for paraprofessionals to participate in the PPT, they have a right to it! In 2015, the Connecticut legislature amended the law to make it clear that parents the right to have the school paraprofessional assigned to the student attend the PPT meeting