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We can push through the barriers together

Many things in life shouldn’t be done alone and getting through the special education waters is one of them.  It can be confusing, emotional and exhausting yet can be extremely rewarding.  Let us help your child get the resources to be successful.

Services

All of our services are uniquely tailored to meet the needs of our clients.  We understand some families simply want a little guidance and support while getting to understand special education laws. Alternatively, other families are looking for more in-depth support through research, coaching and direct representation.  Whatever your needs are, we can provide you with the level of support you are looking for. 

Hello! I'm Lauren

Collaboration.  That is how I believe progress happens. I started Brylan Advocates because I saw a need for more collaboration and less heated debates around the IEP table and a child’s education.  After years of working in the private practice of law, I decided I wanted to be involved in a roundtable discussion rather than a courtroom. I believe this is more efficient and cost effective than litigation.  With knowledge, preparation and collaboration, we can help all children make progress and prepare them for a great future. 

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School districts often propose IEPs where the child’s progress is measured by subjective "teacher observation" and "teacher-made tests." "Teacher observation" does not measure a child’s progress adequately. Skills like reading, writing, and math can and should be measured by objective testing. Don’t be afraid to voice this to the school!

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You can request an evaluation over the summer for your child! Make sure to put in an email WHY you want the evaluation (why you suspect a disability) and supporting evidence for those suspicions. Be sure to sign the Permission to Evaluate (PTE) form as that will start the timeline for the evaluation once school starts!

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Always follow up your phone calls with a summary and email!

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Sometimes the world seems so dark. Our lives experience turmoil, pain, drama, trauma, death, losing battles, disappointment, etc. Even in your darkness find some light and let it shine. It will make a difference I promise. Even if you just have a minute to be strong enough to shine it….. that’s enough.
 
Keep going.  Don’t quit!


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Document what works and what doesn’t work for your child over the summer to bring to the school once school starts back up. It can be helpful in providing input to the team. Never underestimate a simple video that captures an accommodation working (or not working) for your child. It can save time and frustration by getting closer in finding the right accommodations!

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Parents have two years from the date the alleged action took place to file a due process complaint.The written due process complaint must describe the issues in factual detail. If you don’t put an issue in the complaint, you cannot bring it up at your due process hearing.

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Present Levels of Performance (PLOP) describes how your child functions academically and socially at school with detailed information about their current strengths, abilities, and weaknesses.
The IEP team uses information from the PLOP as a baseline to create your child’s goals and accommodations. The PLOP drives the IEP. Therefore, if you want an area addressed with goals in the IEP, there needs to be a Present Level documented.

Make sure the PLOP is present and has all relevant data! You may also want to make sure the school has included info from other years rather than remove it. You shouldn’t have to go searching for past years data.
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There is a difference between a procedure and school policy or law. If the school states that something is against their policy, ask for a hard copy of that policy. Doing so will help you establish if there is a written policy on the issue or if it is simply your district’s standard procedure that is not backed by a law or mandate. If it is just a procedure well….. change is possible! Good luck!

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