You are your child’s most important asset to their success in school. What you do today sets your child up for life. Your child is counting on you to be that parent who can give them the best chance in life. Don’t walk away or surrender to the system because you don’t understand it. Let me help to ensure your child receives the services and support they deserve and need to be successful in school.
New Clients Start Here: Initial Strategy Session
Your first step is an initial strategy session where Helen will listen to your concerns, discuss your situation and goals, and help you come up with a plan. Then you can decide to go it alone or go with Helen as your advocate.
To begin, click here to schedule your initial conversation with Helen by telephone or SKYPE. After you schedule, you will be asked to complete a confidential client questionnaire to help Helen prepare for your conversation. Your appointment will be confirmed and your questionnaire will be sent via email to be completed prior to the initial conversation. This gives you an opportunity to answer some questions ahead of time and
THE PAINTER CLIENT ADVOCACY PROCESS
Your level of service depends on where you are in the process
Independent Educational Evaluations: IEEs in Riverside County and beyond
Helen is an experienced Occupational Therapist available to perform school-based occupational therapy assessments in California. These assessments can be provided for private clients and practictioners.
The Occupational Therapy IEE assessment includes the following:
· review of current school records and current IEPs
· review of current medical records
· observation of the child in the setting of their current program and observation of the future proposed placement as appropriate
· Evaluation of the child in the school setting
· teacher interview(s) as appropriate
· specialist interview(s) as appropriate
· parent interview as appropriate
· written report
IEP attendance in person or by phone
Letter Writing and Report Generation
Do you know the rules of the Special Education game? Strategically-written letters and reports play a powerful and critical role in the process of getting what’s best for your child. For example, did you know that the school district is legally obligated to stick to a timeline based on the receipt of your letter? Or that a report written by a licensed professional who acts as your advocate can provide you with a powerful tool that the school district must keep referring to for years into the future? Helen knows exactly what works and what doesn’t when it comes to writing professional letters and reports that get positive results for you and your child.
For parents who have already had a negative situation with the school district and know they haven’t been heard, Helen offers a
How It Works
Once we have reviewed the IEP I will give you a course of action and explain what your legal options are. In some instances the parent wishes to have an advocate, in this case, Helen will attend an IEP with the parent or will assist in filing a formal complaint to the California Office of Administrative Hearings. Other options are also available that don’t rise to the level of filing a complaint, that can also be discussed. Once a plan of action has been decided, a client agreement is executed and Helen will provide consultation services for an agreed period of time to support your case.
In many cases, this is for a period of 90 days aligning with procedural timelines that are set forth with educational assessments and meeting requirements. This allows us to get through the initial phase with an extensive amount of support from Helen. Support comes in the form of phone calls, text messaging and emails. A considerable amount of thought and discussion goes into each client as the nuances and needs are discussed at length to arrive at the best outcomes for your child.
After the initial 90 days, many parents choose support that is on a monthly or quarterly plan or choose to go back onto support for a month around the time that the child’s annual IEP date will be approaching.
IEP Preparation Meeting
Continuing with the action plan typically involves preparing for an IEP meeting that is outside the annual or triennial IEP meeting because a child’s needs are not being been met. Helen will prepare a letter to send to the district so they will be required to comply with prior written notice regulations and address each parent concern in the newly requested IEP meeting. An agenda is prepared for the IEP meeting. Alternately, the parent has the option of filing a formal complaint with the Office of Administrative Hearings which will put the district on notice that a formal complaint is forthcoming.
IEP Meeting Attendance
Parents and any IEP team members have the right to call an IEP at any time, not just at their annual due date. What is most at issue is the quality of assessments, poorly written goals that do not measure progress, and whether or not the child is receiving the services that are written into the IEP. An important question to ask is “What will my child have learned and retained over the course of this academic year?” And “How does my child access the regular education curriculum?” It is important that all teachers and an administrator are at the meeting to weigh in on your child’s learning needs. Helen will help facilitate the IEP meeting to ensure that the players hear the parent’s concerns regarding their child’s performance at school. Helen is able to legally represent the parent in the IEP meeting and engage the district to successfully advocate for the child and the parent. The goal is to meet the needs of your child through the provision of supports and services that the school district can provide for your child.
After IEP Debrief and Planning for Future Meetings
After the IEP we meet by phone to discuss the outcome of the meeting, and whether or not we reached an agreement with the district on an appropriate array of services for your child. This is usually a celebration of success as we move forward with gratitude at what was accomplished through our efforts, planning, and hard work. You have saved thousands of hours and dollars in private pay services that the district will now provide during the school day and in the context of your child’s education. You have set the stage for your child’s future educational career. And you have maintained the relationship with the school and showed them that you are not only willing to stand up to them, but want to be a team player. It’s hard to do both, but it’s the way it is.
In the rare instances that the meeting does not go well, we will regroup and may decide to move into the direction of dispute resolution. When parents decide to go this route Helen will stand by you every step of the way. Parents should not be forced into a situation when they do not agree with a school district because they are getting less than what their child needs to be successful in school. When you need help, I am here to help navigate the complex system that is Special Education.
Client Care Follow Up Package
Helen is available for phone calls to check in and review. Three phone calls up to one hour total over a one month period of time. This can be considered a maintenance type of service where parents are in agreement with the school district and no adversarial issues are coming up, but they mostly want reassurance that everything is on track. This service is for established clients.
Take the next step now, click here to schedule your initial conversation with Helen by telephone or SKYPE.