FAQ in San Diego, California

Frequently Asked Questions

DO I NEED AN EDUCATIONAL ADVOCATE?
You may benefit from our services if your child is experiencing any of the following difficulties:

 

• Problems with School Placement    

• Inadequate Teacher Communication

• Insufficient Support/Services 

• Social/Peer Problems at Home or School

• Conflict with School or Parents Over Homework 

• Poor Report Cards

• Performing Below Ability  

• Dislikes/Bored with School

 

WHAT DOES AN EDUCATIONAL CONSULTANT/ADVOCATE DO?
The Educational/Consultant Advocate provides services by utilizing testing, record review, classroom observation, and educational consultation to determine your child's needs. After interviewing you and screening your child, we then work cooperatively with school district staff and outside agencies to obtain the services your child requires in order to obtain a FAPE (Free and Appropriate Public Education).

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY CHILD'S SPECIAL NEEDS HAVE BEEN FULLY DIAGNOSED?
In instances where school-based assessment data is incomplete or inaccurate, we also screen each new client and can evaluate whether additonal testing should be done. Observations at the school site or in the home can help us gather more data to determine whether we have a full picture of your child. If data is lacking, we have a wide variety of assessors and clinicians that we work with and can refer you for specific outside assessment. Under certain circumstances we can work with the school and/or outside agencies to request that they provide additional assessments for your child, at no cost to you. Then we work with the school and other team members to analyze the data and decide upon an educational/intervention or treatment program.

WHAT IS AN IEP OR 504 PLAN?
An IEP (Individual Educational Program) is a document based on the individual needs of a child with disabilities who is identified through the assessment and qualification process for Special Education. It is a written document generated between you and your child's school detailing how your child will be educated. An IEP contains three parts: Present Levels of Performance, Goals, and Services. All three parts of the IEP must be written correctly in order for your child to have a comprehensive and effective educational program. A 504 Plan addresses accommodations/modifications for your child to have "equal access" to school-based services. It does not have to be generated collaboratively but is completed based on the evidence of school or agency staff of what the access needs of the individual may be.

WHAT DOES AN EDUCATIONAL CONSULTANT DO AT AN IEP OR 504 PLAN MEETING?
The Special Education Advocate attends your child's IEP or 504 Plan meeting with you to ensure that the school team or agency staff supports your child's needs in a way that is necessary for success. Your Advocate can facilitate discussing issues of concern with the school or agency staff plus review for them all pertinent educational information. Finally, they can work with the school team to ensure that your child is placed in an appropriate educational setting with necessary supports and services to benefit from the educational program. They can followup to monitor that placement. The major goal of the participation of the Educational Advocate is to enhance cooperation and communication among all team members and to educate and empower you as a parent.

MY CHILD HAS AN IEP OR 504 PLAN, BUT IT IS NOT BEING IMPLEMENTED. CAN YOU HELP?
If there is a compliance problem with any facet of your child's Special Education IEP or 504 Plan, we can deal with it effectively and immediately. We first analyze what the deficits are in the compliance situation by reviewing records, observing in the classroom and speaking to staff. We then attempt to work cooperatively with appropiate school personnel to resolve the problem. If the district is not responsive to our requests, we will follow through to file a complaint with the district or, ultimately, with the State Department of Education or Office of Civil Rights. One goal of this process is to promote more respectful cooperation and communication with school staff and to educate and empower you as a parent.

HOW CAN I RETAIN YOUR SERVICES?
We will schedule either a CONSULT APPOINTMENT for parents only, which is approximately 1 hour, or schedule an INTAKE APPOINTMENT for you and your child, which would last more than 2 hours and would probably be scheduled over more than one day. You should bring with you copies of all your child's school and medical records. We will review the records and discuss your child's current issues with you. For an INTAKE APPOINTMENT we will do some individual screening/interviewing with your child. We will then formulate an action plan (strategy planning) as we collaborate to decide what needs to be done for your child to receive approriate  services and educational/psychological supports.

Resources

AMERICAN SPEECH-LANGUAGE-HEARING ASSOCIATION (ASHA)

AUTISM SOCIETY OF AMERICA 

AUTISM SPECTRUM CONSULTANTS (ASC)

CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS (CASP)

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION 

CHILDREN AND ADULTS WITH ADHD 

CLUB XCITE FOR KIDS  AND XCITE STEPS 

COUNCIL OF PARENT ADVOCATES AND ATTORNEYS (COPAA)

DISABILITY RIGHTS OF CALIFORNIA 

FEDERAL EDUCATION CODE OF REGULATIONS 

INTERNATIONAL DYSLEXIA ASSOCIATION 

INDEPENDENT EDUCATIONAL CONSULTANTS ASSOCIATION (IECA)

LEARNING DISABILITIES AND ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA (LDA)

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE EDUCATION OF YOUNG CHILDREN

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF THERAPEUTIC SCHOOLS AND PROGRAMS (NATSAP)

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MENTAL ILLNESS

RADYS CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL AUTISM DISCOVERY INSTITUTE

UNITED CEREBRAL PALSY


CAPSES SCHOOLS

ACES Academy

3715 Sixth Avenue
San Diego, CA, 92103

http://www.acesaba.com/

Age Range: 5 - 22

Region: 
02 - San Diego

Aseltine School

4027 Normal Street
San Diego, CA, 92103

http://www.aseltine.org/

Age Range: 5 - 22

Region: 

02 - San Diego

Banyon Tree Educational Services

Point Loma
San Diego, CA, 92110

http://banyantlc.org/

Age Range: 6 - 22

Region: 

02 - San Diego

Children's Workshop

4055 Camino del Rio South
San Diego, CA, 92108

http://www.tiee.org

Age Range: 3.5 - 14

Region: 
02 - San Diego

Community Transition Academy

625 Pennsylvania Avenue
San Diego, CA, 92129

http://www.communitytransitionacademy.org

Age Range: 16 - 22

Region: 
02 - San Diego

COOK Education Center

2255 Camino Del Rio South
San Diego, CA, 92108

http://www.tiee.org

Age Range: 3.5 - 22

Region: 
02 - San Diego

Encinitas Learning Center

543 Encinitas Blvd.
Encinitas, CA, 92024

http://www.encinitaslearningcenter.com

Age Range: - 

Region: 
02 - San Diego

Fred Finch Learning Center - San Diego 

3845 Spring Drive 
Spring Valley, CA, CA, 91977

http://www.fredfinch.org

Age Range: 12 - 22

Region: 
02 - San Diego

Institute for Effective Education, The

2255 Camino Del Rio South
San Diego, CA, 92108

http://www.tiee.org

Age Range: 3.5 years - 22 years

Region: 
02 - San Diego

Lakemary Center, Inc.

100 Lakemary Drive
Paola, KS, 66071

http://www.lakemaryctr.org

Age Range: 6 - 21

Region: 
01 - Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino Counties, 02 - San Diego, 03 - East, South, Central Los Angeles, 04 - San Fernando Valley, 05 - San Gabriel Valley, 06 - Santa Barbara, 07 - Penninsula, South Bay, 08 - East Bay, 09 - San Francisco, North Bay, 10 - Sacramento Valley

Mt. Helix Academy's AIM HIGH Program

5955 Severin Drive
La Mesa, CA, 91942

http://www.mthelixacademy.org/

Age Range: 4 - 14

Region: 
02 - San Diego

Sam & Rose Stein Education Center

6145 Decena Drive
San Diego, CA, 92120

http://www.vistahill.org

Age Range: 5 - 22

Region: 
02 - San Diego

Sam and Rose Stein Education Center - Transition Site

 

Age Range: 5 - 22

Region: 
02 - San Diego

San Diego Center for Children

3002 Armstrong Street
San Diego, CA, 92111

http://www.centerforchildren.org

Age Range: 5 - 22

Region: 
02 - San Diego

St. Madeleine Sophie's Center

2119 East Madison Avenue
El Cajon, CA, 92019

Age Range: 17 - 22

Region: 
02 - San Diego

T.E.R.I., Inc. Country School

1145 Linda Vista Dr.
San Marcos, CA, 92078

http://www.teriinc.org

Age Range: 8 - 18

Region: 
02 - San Diego

T.E.R.I., Inc. Learning Academy

3225 Roymar Road
Oceanside, CA, 92054

http://www.teriinc.org

Age Range: 6 - 22

Region: 
02 - San Diego

Urban Skills Center

2225 Camino Del Rio South
San Diego, CA, 92108

http://www.tiee.org

Age Range: 18 - 22

Region: 
02 - San Diego

Winston School, The

215 Ninth Street
Del Mar, CA, 92014

http://www.winstonschool.com

Age Range: 8 - 19

Region: 
02 - San Diego

Contact us in San Diego, California, to learn more about special needs advocates.