Author - Lara Cleary

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Tips for your next IEP meeting from a special-ed attorney

After working as a special education teacher for a few years, I attended law school with the sole intention of becoming a special education attorney who represented parents of children with special needs. In 1998—right out of law school—I was lucky enough to get a job doing just that.

For years, I attended hundreds of IEP meetings involving all types of special education issues. However, about five years ago, my perspective and practice were forever impacted when my own child was diagn...

Posted on February 05, 2018 at 12:49 PM by Lara Cleary

Your school should be helping your child with behavior challenges

Now that it's fall, the days are getting shorter and the honeymoon period for your child’s return to school has ended. Maybe you've begun to receive calls and e-mails from teachers and school administrators that your child is not following directions, is being disruptive in class, or is struggling generally. The school district may also be mentioning possible disciplinary action toward your child. You know that your child needs help, but what can you ask for and what are your child’s righ...

Posted on November 14, 2017 at 12:14 PM by Lara Cleary