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Podcast_Episode 03

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Your Child with Special Needs:  A Blueprint for Success in School

  • Be aware of red flags that your child needs extra help
  • Write a letter to the principal or counselor stating exactly what you notice and your specific concerns that you would like the school to evaluate (send in a trackable method like fax or email)
  • SCHOOL HAS 15 DAYS TO SEND YOU AN ASSESSMENT PLAN In California (this may vary depending on your state of residence)
  • On the proposed assessment plan, Do NOT send back a generic form signed, instead personalize it with your child’s unique needs.
  • SCHOOL HAS 60 DAYS TO EVALUATE, GENERATE A REPORT, AND CALL AN IEP MEETING in California (this may vary depending on your state of residence)
  • DISCUSS RESULTS (Reports presented here, but parents should ask for reports before the meeting for review and preparation), general your list of questions, concerns and proposed goal areas.
  • DETERMINE IF SPECIAL EDUCATION IS NEEDED, and ONLY sign that you were in attendance, have someone well versed in what your rights are review before you sign.
  1. Once agreed upon, and presented to the school, it becomes a binding contract and they are required to start implementation AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
  2. Call for a meeting IMMEDIATELY, If your child is still not learning or is regressing, the program is either ineffective or making the matters worse (school schedules meeting within 30 days in California, this will vary depending on your state of residence)
  3. If there is progress, and positive progress reports, still have a meeting AT LEAST ONCE A YEAR, to review progress, include new areas of focus and or reevaluate to determine preent levels of need and get data
  4. THERE IS NO LIMIT TO HOW MANY MEETINGS YOU CAN HAVE EACH YEAR, So be sure to call a meeting as many times as you feel necessary or as your child’s needs change
  5. Get a new assessment in any/every discipline every year


Other Places to Find Support

  • Advocates (Most advocates, not all will provide a consultation at no charge for initial guidance or simple questions)
  • Lawyers (Some lawyers usually will give free guidance, since it is such a preliminary question)
  • Support groups: find online, TACA (Talk About Curing Autism), parent mentor
  • “A Sensitive Expert”: a person or friend around you that have experienced what you are going through
  • Special Needs Events:  a community of understanding and waiting to help you
  • Special Needs Network: Areva Martin (provides free advocacy training)



Kim McClain

 Bio on Expert Guest:  Kim McClain

Ms. McClain found herself on the front lines of the battle against Autism Spectrum Disorders when daughter was diagnosed with Autism before the age of 2. She has taken the knowledge and expertise that she has applied on her daughter’s behalf and benefit to help and support other families who face support similar social, emotional and financial challenges.

With her support staff, she provides guidance, emotional support and a map pathway to families looking to support children with developmental challenges as they navigate IEPs and secure assessments; helping them write measurable and appropriate goals, learn behavior management strategies, respond to denials and much more.


Kim McClain: Special Needs Advocate

(310) 766-5003



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