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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. 

Bring concrete examples that highlight your child`s needs. Some children excel at concealing their challenges in a school environment. However, these needs may become apparent at home, where they feel more at ease to express themselves authentically. Also, sometimes at school your children may get a lot of help with school assignments but at home it may be a different picture of what they can do independently. Feel free to utilize video or audio recordings to provide the school with a comprehensive understanding of your child`s overall situation.

Good luck!

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Schools are generally not allowed to refuse special education services on the grounds of affordability. If a school claims that they cannot afford to provide necessary services, it could be a violation of federal law. The law mandates that schools allocate resources to meet the needs of students with disabilities.
 
If parents believe that a school is not providing the required special education services, they may take several steps, including:
 
1. **Communication:** Parents can start by discussing concerns with teachers, special education staff, or school administrators to address any issues.
 
2. **Request for an IEP meeting:** If the concerns persist, parents have the right to request an IEP meeting to discuss their child`s needs and any necessary modifications to the educational program.
 
3. **Mediation or Due Process:** If disagreements persist, mediation or due process procedures may be available to resolve disputes between parents and the school district.
 
4. **State and federal complaint procedures:** Parents can file a complaint with the state education agency or the U.S. Department of Education`s Office for Civil Rights if they believe the school is not meeting its obligations under IDEA.
 
It`s important to consult with an educational advocate or an attorney familiar with special education law if you encounter difficulties in obtaining appropriate services for your child. Legal requirements can vary, so it`s advisable to seek guidance based on the specific laws and regulations in your country or region.

Good luck!

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When your child has an IEP, every three years the school is supposed to do a reevaluation. That can be a full comprehensive evaluation or just a record review. Make sure you know which they will be choosing and you are a part of that decision. If there is a newly suspected disability or appears to be a change in needs, that is also a reason to suggest a reevaluation sooner than the three year mark.

Also, oftentimes behaviors will trigger a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) but make sure to also consider that the behaviors may be coming from an undiagnosed learning disability or other disability like anxiety. Many undiagnosed disabilities and lead to behavior challenges.

Good luck!

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Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the following are the primary eligibility categories for students who may receive special education services and supports:

1. Autism (AU)
2. Deaf-Blindness (DB)
3. Deafness (D)
4. Emotional Disturbance (ED)
5. Hearing Impairment (HI)
6. Intellectual Disability (ID)
7. Multiple Disabilities (MD)
8. Orthopedic Impairment (OI)
9. Other Health Impairment (OHI)
10. Specific Learning Disability (SLD)
11. Speech or Language Impairment (SLI)
12. Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
13. Visual Impairment, including Blindness (VI)

These categories help to determine eligibility for special education services and are used to identify and support students with disabilities in their educational needs. It`s important to note that the specific criteria and definitions for each category may vary by state, so it`s advisable to consult your local educational authority for precise information regarding eligibility.

Also remember that in addition to qualifying under the IDEA under an eligibility category, you also must show a need in order to qualify for special education services.

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You got this…

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Reading challenges? Could be Convergence Insufficiency. CI is a condition that impacts one`s ability to see, read, learn and work at close distances. A child with CI has a hard time, or is more or less unable to coordinate his or her eyes at close range, which impairs activities like reading and comprehension

Children are likely to show symptoms of CI when doing work close-up, such as reading or writing. Symptoms are more likely if they are reading or writing for a long period of time. Symptoms can include: headache, double vision, blurred vision, sleepiness when reading, needing to reread things several times, trouble concentrating on what they are reading, losing their place in the text when reading, and squinting while reading. You may notice that one of your child’s eyes sometimes turns outward as they read or that your child is squinting or closing one of their eyes while reading. This can make it easier to see a single, focused image.

Convergence insufficiency is diagnosed by an ophthalmologist, optometrist or orthoptist after getting a history of symptoms and measuring convergence ability.

It is important to always consider all causes of what may appear to be a reading disability….. sometimes the cause is something we never knew about. Good luck!

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Remember that IEP’s are not driven by the diagnosis but rather by the current needs of the child. So make sure your child has goals that are based on current data (feedback, evaluations, progress reports, etc) to support them in all areas of need.

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Don’t let them.

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When you are looking at your child’s IEP goals, you want to make sure that they aren’t too easy to meet. You want to make sure that it’s attainable within a year. While you want it to be attainable, although not too easy the law has also stated that it needs to be challenging for your child. I realize this sounds a little confusing, but essentially what we’re looking for is a goal that challenges your child but it’s also something that is attainable within a year based on the data that we’ve seen in the past and the process that was made.

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