I am happy to be able to help you with this.
First, to address the issue of your child?s IEP:
In a nutshell, yes, social skills can and should be part of an IEP if
they are a part of what he needs to be academically successful. The
frequency and duration of services should also be a part of the IEP,
and should be adhered to. You may request an IEP review at any time.
Here is a plain English article from the Autism Society of America on IEPs:
A re-evaluation should take place every three years. You may also
request additional re-evaluation if you feel that your child?s
placement should change, but you will have to give a solid reason for
this. If your son?s last evaluation was at age 4, he is definitely
overdue. To request re-evaluation, call *and* write your district.
Also from the Autism Society of America, an article explaining autism
and your rights under the IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities
Regarding the speech therapist?s records:
Federal law dictates that you should have access to *all* records kept
about your child. This includes records of staff members such as your
child?s speech therapist. If your school denies you the right to see
these records they risk losing their funding. Here is the text of the
law that provides you this right, from Findlaw:
For more information about this and other ins and outs of IEPs and
special education procedures, take a look at this handbook prepared by
the Maryland Disability Law Center, entitled ?Special Education Rights
You may find that you need help getting the best services for your
child. You might want to contact an advocate in your area to have
someone attend IEPs with you and help you get better results from your
district. Here is a fairly comprehensive list of special education
lawyers and advocates, from Yellowpagesforkids.com:
Please let me know if there is anything else you need.
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Clarification of Answer by
25 Feb 2004 07:24 PST
No trouble at all.
To the best of my knowledge, it isn't a matter of who missed the
session and why, the therapist and the school are obligated to meet
the goals of your child's IEP. Depending upon how serious the
therapist's lapses have been, the district could have to provide you
with compensatory services, including even providing services over the
I recommend you contact an advocate in your area who can act on your
part with the district. It sounds as though they are nitpicking
little details and forgetting their central obligation to provide your
son with a Free Appropriate Public Education according to his IEP.
To get some one on one help, there are a number of Illinois advocacy
groups listed here:
Best of Luck,