The IEP Process Explained by an Attorney

Christopher Knauf is the founder of Knauf Associates in Santa Monica, CA. His law firm specializes in disability rights and education-related legal disputes. He has also served as an independent hearing officer for Section 504 special education disputes. Mr. Knauf was kind enough to speak with and answer some questions about the overall IEP process.

Go to Pro Answering Your Questions: What is the difference between a 504 Plan and an IEP and what can I do to help my child?

504 Plans vs the  IEP

Simply stated, a 504 Plan is a plan that ‘levels the playing field’ so to speak for your child. It is the plan of accommodations that is tailored specifically to your child's needs that reduces or eliminates challenges that may impede learning. Eligibility for a 504 plan states that the student has a disability such as ADHD that adversely impacts them at school.

IEP Goals for Children with Autism

The IEP is an important tool for educating children with autism.  IEP stands for Individualized Education Plan, and the “individualized” is a key term.  One goal that is ideal for one child is not the best for another child.  However, you can follow some of these examples and modify them based on your child’s or student’s needs.  These IEP goals and objectives are ideal for childr

How to Prepare for an IEP Meeting

It’s the time that parents refer to as “IEP season,” and many parents face it with a mixture of hope and apprehension.  The IEP is an individualized document designed to outline goals and treatment plans for children with special needs.  The IEP meeting gives parents, teachers, therapists, school administrators, and services personnel to work together to create and implement individualized goals.

Is Karate in Your Child's IEP?

We spoke about afterschool enrichment programs last month and now I’d like to discuss curriculum based programs that may be included in a child’s IEP.

The First Step of an I.E.P.

When enrolling your child with special needs or a learning disability into school, you may have heard the phrase I.E.P. tossed around a few times.  If this is your first child that needs to enter special education, the I.E.P. process can be a daunting one.  However, with a little research and help from other parents, you can secure your child a spot in special education without any problems.

What Information is Included in an IEP?

Individual Educational Plans (IEPs) are established for special needs children or children with learning disabilities to ensure that they have an equal chance at learning and education.  The whole IEP process can be an intimidating and time-consuming one.  Your child’s individual IEP will contain a lot of different information regarding your child, his or her learning abilities and disabilities, as well as the extra resources and assistance the school will grant them.

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A Day in the Life of a Special Ed Teacher

A typical day for a special education teacher is hard to define because the job description varies widely, unlike that of a classroom teacher. What all special education teachers do have in common, though, include a case load of students who have an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) based on some diagnosed disability, the responsibility of preparing lesson plans, recording data on student’s progress towards individual goals and participating in IEP meetings.

Special Needs Advocacy 101

"Is my child getting all the services he/she needs or am I falling behind?"

"My son is a year old, but all he does is make noises, I’ve never heard any words come out of his mouth.   I’ve mentioned this to the pediatrician on numerous occasions and the doctor just tells me not to worry.  He says my son will talk when he is ready.  What does that mean?"