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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.

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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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Executive functions are the cognitive processes and mental skills that help a child plan, monitor, and successfully execute their goals. Executive functions include the ability to focus, working memory, inhibition, and problem-solving, many of which present as deficits in those with ADHD. It is a disability and can affect the success a child has in school. There are ways to help children learn to strengthen their EF skills!

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Make sure the school sends progress reports home on all of IEP goals! This usually happens the same time as report cards. If you haven’t seen them, request them via email.

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If a public school places a child with an IEP in a private school as a part of the IEP, then the public school remains responsible for ensuring that the private school implements the IEP.

The IDEA 2004 does not apply to private schools. Private schools that do not receive federal funding are not required to provide a free appropriate education, special education services to those with disabilities, or an IEP.

Private schools are bound by Section 504 and cannot discriminate against a child with a disability for reasons related to the disability and might be responsible for providing modifications, accommodations, and access to educational opportunities.

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When developing the IEP, the Team must consider your child's academic, developmental, and functional needs. (34 CFR 300.324)

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Don’t let the school be so quick to remove a goal if it has been met. Is there a way to elevate? Is there still a need?

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IEPs are to be implemented every single day that the child is in school. However, when school resumes in the fall before schedules are finalized, after long breaks, or if there are trips or assemblies, services may not take place. talk to the school about scheduling a make-up for services and if many are missed, be sure to track and recoup those service hours!

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College entrance exams:
SAT and ACT Accommodations

A child with an IEP does not automatically get SAT/ACT Test accommodations. You must contact your child's school and have them send the college board (SAT) and/or the ACT supporting documentation of the disability and accommodations requested.

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A common question is what is the difference between a medical autism assessment and an educational assessment. It’s important to do your research and make sure that the specific assessment being performed will grant you the type of diagnosis that you will need for the services that you want. A medical diagnosis will not guarantee educational eligibility but rather early intervention services and get services like ABA therapy covered by insurance. A school-based assessment will not cover private services but will allow for special education services IF you also show there is a need for same. ...

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