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February 28, 2020

Denial of Appropriate Program Due to Abuse by Behavioral Aide

OAH case no. 2019090404, Parent v. Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Court determined that Santa Monica-Malibu denied Student a free appropriate public education during the 2017-2018 […]
February 28, 2020

Federal Discrimination Claims Did Not Require Administrative Exhaustion

Federal Discrimination Claims Based on Failure to Accommodate Student’s Preferred Communication Method Did Not Require Administrative Exhaustion Federal District Court for Southern District of California case […]
February 28, 2020

Defense of Inclusive Placement and Program

OAH case no. 2018060323, Goleta Union School District Court determined that Student, whose basis of eligibility of special education services was Intellectual Disability, had been making […]
February 28, 2020

LA County Adoption Assistance Program Ordered to Pay for Out of State Placement

Los Angeles County Adoption Assistance Program Is Ordered To Pay More Than $10,000 Per Month For Child’s Placement In An Out Of State Residential Treatment Center […]

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January 11, 2020
Keeping Children Active in the Winter | LA County Special Education

Keeping Children Active in the Winter

The generally mild California weather usually helps parents get their children outside during much of the winter months despite the increased coolness in the air. Most […]
December 28, 2019
Helping the Child Who Dreads Holiday Breaks | LA Special Education

Helping the Child Who Dreads Holiday Breaks

While most children look forward to holiday breaks with great anticipation, there are some who dread these days away from school. They may fear that they […]
December 21, 2019
Stay Calm and Carry On | LA County Special Education Planning

Stay Calm and Carry On

With the winter break swiftly approaching or in full swing depending on your district’s calendar, you have probably experienced for yourself just how crazy school breaks […]
December 14, 2019
Holiday Celebrations with Special Needs Children | LA Special Education

Holiday Celebrations with Special Needs Children

Celebrating the holidays in a classroom can seem confusing because of the diversity of the students involved. Some celebrate Christmas while others focus on Hanukkah or […]
November 16, 2019
Keeping Routines Consistent over School Holidays | LA Special Education

Keeping Routines Consistent over School Holidays

Holidays are exciting times for most families because they spend more time with each other, enjoy a bit of downtime, and celebrate with favorite traditions. However, […]
April 26, 2019
Making Time for Therapy in a Busy Schedule | LA County Special Education

Making Time for Therapy in a Busy Schedule

Families with special needs children are routinely busy. Not only do they have the usual activities of school and extracurricular activities, but also they must grapple […]
April 20, 2019

Tips for Special Needs Caregivers

Caregivers of special needs children often feel beaten down by their many responsibilities. They may feel as if no one understands what they are going through […]
July 11, 2018
Planning for the First IEP Meeting | Los Angeles Special Education

Planning for the First IEP Meeting

IEP meetings are held at least once per year for every special needs student in the school district. This meeting will include the parents, the teachers […]
June 29, 2018
How Does Divorce Affect Special Needs Planning? | Los Angeles Special Education

How Does Divorce Affect Special Needs Planning?

Divorce can be hugely difficult for any family to navigate and is doubly so when special needs children are involved. Whereas most children of divorce must […]
April 13, 2018
Music Therapy in Special Education | Los Angeles Special Education

Avoid Classic Financial Planning Mistakes for Your Special Needs Child

While there are many things to consider when caring for your special needs child, financial planning is often the area most fraught with worry for many […]