Negotiation with school district to implement services in IEP and add additional services

JD is a 10-year-old 5th-grader who has been diagnosed with autism, ADHD, ODD, anxiety, depression, and a learning disability. JD’s IEP indicates that he should be receiving OT, but he has not been. JD has regressed this school year, and his mother, JMD, believes that he needs additional services in his IEP. She is seeking an attorney who could represent her at an IEP meeting to ensure that the services in JD’s IEP are being implemented and additional services are added to ensure that his needs are being met.

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Representation in filing for due process to secure IEEs and appropriate placement

NB is a 9-year-old 3rd-grader who has been diagnosed with ADHD, bipolar disorder, learning disabilities, PTSD from childhood trauma, severe skin and food allergies, and asthma. In December 2018, she was placed by DCPP with her grandmother, LM. NB’s latest IEP lists no evaluations, assessments, or testing, and includes only her ADHD diagnosis but none of her psychiatric diagnoses. In March, NB began exhibiting mood changes and aggression at school, fighting with peers, and expressing feelings of sadness over prior abuse from her mother. In April, NB reported that she hated herself and wanted to be dead, but LM was told that there were no counselors available that day. Later that day, NB threw furniture and kicked and hit school staff. The school imposed a two-day out-of-school suspension for “failure to follow procedure” and required LM take NB to a psychiatrist. Since then, NB has not returned to school and has been receiving home instruction. At an IEP meeting a few weeks later, LM requested a therapeutic placement, which was recommended by NB’s private psychiatrist, but the district verbally denied the request. LM also made a written request for IEEs; the district has not yet responded. LM is seeking representation in filing for due process to secure IEEs and an appropriate placement for NB.

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Negotiation with school district to obtain appropriate behavioral supports

TG is an 11-year-old 6th-grader who has been diagnosed with ADHD and has behavioral issues. He is placed in an out-of-district placement. There have been two incidents recently in which TG has been improperly restrained, one on the bus with an aide and the other in school in which a security guard grabbed the back of TG’s neck. Both incidents were captured on video but the school denied the request of TG’s mother, SO, to see the videos. SO believes the school does not have a good plan in place to help TG deescalate. She is seeking assistance in ensuring that her son is provided with appropriate behavioral supports.

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