Special Ed Legal Consults
Charting a Course Toward A Better Outcome

Services

 Providing Parents With Effective Strategies

What services do we provide?

We help California families with children between ages three and twenty-two who need special education.  By meeting with parents for one or more blocks of two-hour private, confidential consultations, we guide parents with advocacy tools geared towards their child’s specific special educational needs.

Eligible disabilities include:

  • Autism 
  • Emotional Disturbance (such as anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD)
  • Other Health Impairment (includes ADHD and other chronic or acute health problems)
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Language or Speech Disorder
  • Hearing Impairment including Deafness
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Visual Impairment including Blindness
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

We guide parents to establish eligibility for special education services — a process that may be more complicated than expected.  For example, a clinical diagnosis alone is usually insufficient.  We show parents what is needed to meet the legal requirements, such as demonstrating that the child needs specialized instruction to succeed at school.

Even after special education eligibility is established, families face a variety of issues that can be discussed during our consultation.  

Common questions we can address:

  • How do I establish my child’s need for additional appropriate services such as:  speech therapy, occupational therapy, mental health therapy, social skills training, behavior therapy, one-to-one aide support, research-based programs to remediate learning deficits, or adaptive living skills instruction?
  • How can my child receive special education services if I think that the offered program is insufficient or inappropriate?  
  • How can I decide between a 504 plan and an Individualized Education Plan (“IEP”) for my child?
  • How does a Student Study Team (“SST”) meeting fit into the process?
  • What should I look for in a school district special education assessment?
  • How do I prepare for our next IEP meeting?
  • Should I obtain a private evaluation and what should it cover?
  • How do I improve the goals in my child’s IEP?
  • How can I tell if my child is making meaningful progress?
  • Is “education” limited to academics?
  • Can I get help if my child has behavior problems at school?
  • How would I determine whether the school program is appropriate for my child?
  • What can I do if the school district is not following the IEP?
  • What do I do if my child is being bullied at school?
  • Will the school district ever pay for a private school?
  • I have drafted a letter to the school district, but is it persuasive?
  • What if my child needs a residential treatment program in order to learn?
  • How can I help my child without resorting to litigation?

If you have these or other special education questions you would like to discuss at a consult, just contact us.

Why don’t we offer full representation to new clients?

We have seen many families wait too long to seek legal guidance. Without expertise in special education law or experience navigating the process, families often lack effective strategies to improve their child’s educational program.  A full representation special education practice can only offer guidance to a limited number of families who need help, due to the intensive, time-consuming nature of a special education case.
 
We developed a limited representation consultation model to reach more families and point them in the right direction.  At Special Ed Legal Consults, our goal is to help families more quickly, and to provide them with advocacy tools to address their child’s specific issues. Earlier intervention with a strategic approach can help remediate the problem, avoid crises, and make family life more manageable.

After an initial special education legal consultation, we can help you determine whether immediate full legal representation is needed.  If so, we can make referrals to other special education attorneys whose practices include full representation.

Our Goal

Our special education legal consults teach parents about their rights, focus on the specific issues relating to their child, and develop an action plan to help improve the child’s educational program.