Advocate 
Special Education Consultant of Del Mar & San Diego


MONICA RODRIGUEZ, M.A.                      
monica.iep@gmail.com
 
PO Box 676034 Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067                     (858) 449-3515

12625 High Bluff Drive, San Diego, California 92130


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Do you need an advocate?

There are many reasons parents seek advocacy. Some parents need consultation to get help with a specific problem they or their child is experiencing, while others are generally dissatisfied with their child's ongoing educational situation.

Common scenarios include:




· You are tired of trying to deal with the school system on your own.

· You want help knowing whether your child's education is is appropriately designed and adequate to meet your child's needs.

· You are frustrated with what the school is telling you.

· Your child’s regular teacher tells you to get an advocate, or tells you that their hands are tied because the special education team is making the decisions.

· The school tells you that you must medicate your child.

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The school ignores, delays, or refuses your requests.

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The school tells you that they are not going to assess your child because they know that he is not going to qualify (often because grades are too high).

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The school tells you that they cannot assess your child until later in the school year after they have gotten to know your child.

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The school tells you that they cannot assess until they try all their regular interventions.

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The school tells you that they will "screen" your child when you ask for an evaluation.

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The school tells you that they will "consult" with one of their specialists when you ask for an evaluation.

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The school tells you that you should get a private evaluation.

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The school holds a meeting to address your child's academic problems, but the ultimate responsibility is put on you; for example, spend more time doing homework, put them in a homework club, give rewards, take your child to the doctor, get a tutor, get counseling, etc.

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The school holds a meeting to address your child's academic problems, and then nothing ever changes, and you never meet again.

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The school assesses your child, but says your child does not qualify, so nothing changes.

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Your child has not made adequate progress, and is failing, even though your child is smart.

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The school is telling you that your child is the quirkiest or most unusual child they have ever seen,
and they don't know what to do.

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Your child has an IEP or a Section 504 Plan, but it is clearly lacking and insufficient.

 · Your child has an IEP or Section 504 Plan, but it is not being implemented.

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The school continues to repeat old IEP goals, services, and placement, even though your child is not making adequate progress.

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The school tells you that your child is making great progress when there is no evidence to support that contention, and you see little progress.

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Your child has a specific learning disability, but it is not systematically addressed though scientifically evidenced remediation; instead, the school simply uses their own methods, waters down their curriculum, or requires less from your child.

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Your child has not been receiving the services or supports called for in the IEP or Section 504 Plan. (For example, Speech, OT, Adaptive PE, modified homework/school work, is in IEP, but is not received.)

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The school informs you that unless you sign consent to the entire IEP, they will not implement the IEP.

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Your child has an IEP, but the school is telling you that your child no longer qualifies.

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The school informs you that budget cuts keep them from affording the appropriate services/placement you are requesting.

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The school doesn't give your child what is appropriate by telling you that it is their obligation by law to keep your child in the "least restrictive environment."

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The school tells you that your child must move to a special classroom or another placement that you believe is inappropriate.

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The school continually suspends your child, or frequently phones you to pick up your child from school.

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Your child is facing an expulsion proceeding, or has already been suspended or expelled from school.

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Your child is demonstrating behaviors that are concerning, and the school scolds, takes away recess or otherwise punishes, and puts the responsibility on you to fix it.

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Your child is being physically restrained, or secluded from his class in another room or the office.

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You are seeking reimbursement for the appropriate placement and/or services you provided for your child at your own expense because the school district failed to do so.

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You show up for your child's IEP and the document is clearly completed beforehand and they ask you to sign it without your input.

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The school sends home a finished IEP document for you to sign instead of holding a meeting.

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Your child only receives special education support 4 days per week because the special education teacher does paperwork and testing on the other day.










Monica has worked since 2009 as a private Advocate and Educational Consultant specializing in assisting families with children with special needs and specific school difficulties. 





 
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