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The right school for a child with an IEP

December 2, 2012 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Dennise Goldberg

First semester is almost over and many of you have children who will be moving on to elementary, middle school, high school or college next school year.  I’m sure you are already asking yourselves “what is the right school for my child?”  We went through this last year knowing my son was going to middle school this year, so I know how stressful this subject can be.  You might already be researching schools in your district, specifically looking at what is considered a good school in your neighborhood.  I’m sure you have friends that have given you advice on what they feel is a good school as well.  The question is; “is it the right school for a child with an IEP?” Read the rest of this entry →

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Abuse and Mistreatment by a School

August 31, 2012 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Jess

Hello,

My name is Dawn Warburton and I am a follower of both your Facebook page and website. I often share your information as I find it is valuable and important for people to know. However, that is not why I am writing.

Today is the second day of school in my area, Cape Cod, MA. My son, age 16, a junior, is not there. Instead, he is in bed suffering from an unexplained migraine that he has been battle for the last few days. A headache so intense we spent four and half hours in the hospital emergency room last night getting blood work and a CAT scan only to find it was considered a “tension” or stress headache. This is not the first time my son has been sick, in fact he has been battle illness since the middle of his ninth grade year. The week before our winter vacation he was out of school for five days with a high fever and swollen lymph nodes. A trip to the pediatrician resulted in a diagnosis of a “virus” and a prescriptions of rest, acetaminophen and ibuprofen. As the remainder of the school months continued, he became sicker and sicker. Finally, out of frustrations and six more doctors visits, I took him to an off cape functional medicine doctor in Wellesley, MA who diagnosed him with mononucleosis, pneumonia, and a parvovirus which effects the bone marrow. Imagine my surprise, shock and anger that my son had been sick for so long. Read the rest of this entry →

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A Letter to the School Administrator That Has Lost Perspective

June 21, 2012 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Doug Goldberg

Dear Principal, Assistant Principal or Dean of Students that has lost perspective;

Over the past school year I have seen an increasingly troubling trend among a FEW of you entrusted to protect and educate our children.  You have adopted a military philosophy known as, “Kill one, save a thousand.”  At this point I’m sure many of you are screaming foul and yelling at the computer screen that nothing you do actually kills a child.  I would argue that your actions in many ways can have this affect on a child.  At best you are killing their dreams and at worst you are emotionally scaring them for a lifetime in ways you may not even be aware of.  I know you think your actions are justified because you have an entire school full of other children to think about but you are going about it all wrong.  If you want to embrace a philosophy how about the Doctor’s Hippocratic Oath to, “Do no harm.”  Work with the child’s parents and find a solution that helps the situation for all involved and doesn’t harm even one child.  Read the rest of this entry →

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