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When the School Says No…How to Get the Yes! Securing Special Education Services for Your Child

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Book - When the School Says No…How to Get the Yes! Securing Special Education Services for Your Child

by: Vaughn Lauer

About the author:

Vaughn Lauer, PhD, is an educator with over ' experience in the field of special education. Working as a teacher, a university instructor and a building, district and state administrator in the field of public education, Dr. Lauer's experience spans all levels of education from pre-school to university. He has also worked in the field of test development for students with disabilities and has created professional development strategies for general and special education personnel. He lives in Virginia, USA.

ISBN: 978-1-84905-917-6

Year: 2013

Publication Info: 336pp


When planning a child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP), it is vital that parents and educators are involved in collaborative decision making. This book offers parents of children with autism and other disabilities a unique way of approaching and tackling the problems that can arise relating to the provision of special education services.

Taking a structured, cooperative approach to IEPs, the easily applicable six question process enables parents to determine the needs of their child and obtain the services required by asking key questions during IEP meetings. Explaining the approach through real life scenarios and issues, this book demonstrates how to achieve effective collaboration with school personnel, ensuring the child receives the appropriate and necessary educational program and services.

Providing a practical, structured approach to IEP planning for parents and offering insight into the parental perspective for educators, this book is an invaluable resource for anyone involved in IEP meetings.



Preface. Introduction: Understanding the Approach. 1. How to Get Assistive Technology for the Non-Verbal Child with Autism. 2. The IEPs Went Right, But Their Expectations Were Too Low: The Danger of False Assumptions. 3. Physical Impairments and Learning Disabilities: A Child is Better Served at Home. 4. Three Children with Various Disabilities and Mother Requests an Advocate’s Assistance. 5. A Child With Autism: His Needs Change, the Program Does Not. 6. Asperger’s Syndrome: Negotiating Results in Gains and Losses. 7. Parents’ Solutions for a Child with High Functioning Autism and High Anxiety: Getting Down to the Specifics. 8. A Parent Faces a District with the Wrong Concept of LRE for a Child with Autism. 9. Parents versus District/District versus Parents: A Broken Relationship. 10. When A School Should Say No to an Attorney. 11. The Physical Education Conundrum and Solution for a Child with Physical Impairments. 12. A Father’s Son with a Hearing Impairment Brings Multiple Legal Actions Against the District: Facing Each Challenge Head On. Final Thought: Please Read. Afterword: Striking Observations of Interest.



Unlike most books that merely refer to the law to help parents understand their rights and responsibilities in special education, here the author uses true stories about parents, who after an often arduous process, convince schools to not only comply, but to also develop strategies and programs for their children with disabilities that are meaningful and measurable. Using the metaphor of a road trip to equip parents for their special education journey makes an often-daunting process much more approachable. Both as the parent of a child with autism and the director of Delaware’s Parent Training and Information Center, I waded through numerous books on special education law, whereas I actually read Dr. Lauer’s book and learned from the examples while vicariously celebrating the parents’ successes.


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