Entries by Shari Meserve

How Parents Can Help A Child With Tourettes

When you look at someone with Tourettes, all you see or hear are the tics. You don’t see the constant struggle, the constant commotion that is going on inside the person’s body. Although it might be easy to assume that when a person is not ticcing, they are okay or calm or not experiencing anything […]

How to Have a Successful IEP Meeting

Do you approach IEP meetings with fear and dread?  Here are some quick IEP reminders to improve the process AND your confidence. How to Have a Successful IEP Meeting: EVERY child can learn and make progress. The “I” in IEP stands for individualized. Your child’s IEP must reflect your child. Special Education is NOT a […]

Extended School Year (ESY): What Is It and How Do I know if My Child Needs It?

IEP teams are required to evaluate the need for Extended School Year (ESY) services correctly and fairly. However, there are no comprehensive eligibility criteria in the law, making the process somewhat vague and inconsistent across teams.  Following are some guidelines taken from IDEA and federal court decisions: ESY cannot be determined by any one single […]

How to Choose the Right School Advocate for Your Child

Have you heard the phrase “Free Appropriate Public Education?” If you have a school-aged child with special needs, most likely you have.  This is because a FREE and APPROPRIATE education is guaranteed by law.  Sometimes, however, this is easier said than done.  Although it’s relatively simple to learn the laws and understand your rights, obtaining […]