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IEP
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Behavior Intervention Plan
Consultation

 

Trying to negotiate the maze that is Special Education in the Public Schools?  Confused?  Don't understand half the terms used in the meeting?  Feeling overwhelmed and a bit lost?

You're not alone!  Many parents experience these same feelings when they go to an IEP meeting or an Eligibility meeting at their child's public school.  Educators seem to work really hard at using terms that no one else uses.  They seem to throw jargon around as if everyone should understand it.  Well, there's no reason in the world that a parent would know what many of those terms mean.  Add to that the fact that many terms are used by educators in ways different from their common meanings and you have a really confusing situation.

Have you had your child evaluated by the public school staff for possible special education eligibility?  Having trouble understanding what the report really means?  Have questions about the accuracy or appropriateness of the testing? 

Again, you're not alone!  It's very stressful to hear others tell you about your child's needs and areas of concern.  Add to that any questions you have about the accuracy or completeness of the evaluations and you have a very difficult situation.

Has a Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) been proposed for your child?  Have you asked for a Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA)?  Are you unsure if the report is complete enough?  Are you questioning the fit of the proposed BIP to your child's needs?

Yet again, you're not alone!  These are highly technical areas for which people go to graduate school for years. 

There is help with each of these problems.  We at Reinforcement Unlimited, LLC can provide you with support and consultation on IEP goal development, Diagnostic and Eligibility reports and evaluations, and the development of effective Behavior Intervention Plans.  Our staff of Board Certified Behavior Analysts are qualified to review and make recommendations on any issue related to an FBA or BIP.   Dr. Robert Montgomery, as a Licensed Psychologist whose entire practice is pediatric, has been consulting to schools and families on these issues for decades.  He can review the eligibility evaluations and give you clear, concrete, and concise recommendations based on those evaluations if they are adequate.  If they are inadequate in his opinion, he can give you recommendations on how to augment the current reports or how to conduct a re-evaluation that will be comprehensive and address the issues.

Whether its just sitting down and reviewing what it all means, making recommendations based on the school's data, recommendations for additional services, or recommendations to start over we are comfortable explaining what needs to be done and why.  Developing a tailored program for your child's education is a daunting challenge.  Guidance and support through that process from someone who knows both the educational issues and the science behind effective interventions can be critical.  Reinforcement Unlimited, LLC offers consulting to parents on the development of scientifically-sound educational plans that stand the best chance of developing effective skills for their child.  

Many ask: "What is the difference between an 'Advocate' and an IEP-Educational Consultant?"  Often, in our experience, Advocates have terrific training in the educational regulations, what the law says, and how to follow the essential procedures of the IEP process.  However, most - again in our experience - do not have the training and experience in the science to offer sound professional advice on what treatments, techniques, interventions, and therapies are most likely to benefit the child.  This is the role of a well-trained and experienced IEP-Educational Consultant.  Our consultants are not there to advise on regulations or the law.  They are there to advise and consult on the core issue - the entire reason for involvement in Special Education in the first place - how to best educate the child.  

We will be happy to discuss your concerns for your child with you.  Consultations are confidential and can be conducted at our clinic in Woodstock and under certain circumstances at your home. 

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