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Avoiding Due Process: IDEA Compliance and Communication Strategies

 
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Presented by Christina Sepiol, J.D., Ed.D.

n special education due process hearings, the stakes are high, the emotional toll is draining, and the corresponding attorney fee awards can prove staggering. Parent-to-school conflicts that rise to this level hinge on IDEA legal compliance issues. But they often are the result of communication breakdowns that occur between school staff and parents when discussing sensitive special education issues.

In this 90-minute audio conference, Dr. Christina Sepiol helps you pinpoint both the compliance and communications breakdowns that most frequently lead to costly special education conflicts. Drawing on her experiences as a school and parent attorney, Christina also identifies crucial "soft skills" that all IEP team staff must possess to address ever-present parent concerns and avoid future disputes.

In this training session, your school team learns how to:

  • Ways to avoid common procedural missteps, which can result from IEP predetermination, inadequate or poorly conceived manifestation determination reviews, and postsecondary planning deficits
  • Communicate to parents the district’s rights and responsibilities to identify, evaluate and serve students with disabilities
  • Employ communication strategies that show parents good-faith efforts are being made to respond to their concerns, including tips for switching perspectives, developing agendas, setting meeting boundaries, and addressing conflicting statements
  • Engage in IEP preparatory activities and communicate such actions to parents to help avoid due process disputes over predetermination claims

(2014. CD. 90 min. Product Code: 3801.031114. S/H: $5.50)


(Printed materials included. CDs must be prepaid. No returns on CDs.)


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