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FAQ For Parents Of Children Struggling In School

Are your children getting the appropriate educational services they need to succeed in school? Often children with mild disabilities or autism spectrum disorders can fall through the cracks. What services are available? What rights does your family have?

Located in Atlanta, The Effiong Firm LLC provides legal representation and consulting to families throughout Cobb, Gwinnett, and Fulton counties. Our founding attorney taught in Georgia public schools and represented school districts in the past. From this experience, she know what types of services are available and she can analyze issues from both angles. Before signing any documents speak with us to learn more about your child's right to receive a appropriate education under federal law.

Parents come to us at all stages of the special education process with a variety of questions. We hope this FAQ addresses some of your initial questions.

What Are Some Examples Of Common Problems?

Behavioral issues may be cited for removing a student from a classroom or a suspension or expulsion. This approach often makes the situation worse causing the struggling student to fall further behind. It is commonly known that a student who does not understand lessons may be more prone to talk or be disruptive. Sometimes this misbehavior and others are punished excessively.

Other issues may arise with the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) itself. These issues range from whether the plan is tailored to meet the child's needs to whether the child is receiving the services as required by the IEP. Changing schools may also cause problems as there may be differences in service delivery that negatively affect the child. And, unfortunately, not every public school whether traditional or charter, is equipped to meet the needs of students. That is where having trusted counsel who has experience within school districts is particularly useful.

How To Advocate For Your Child?

You need to be proactive. If your child is getting kicked out of class and grades are suffering, you need to act quickly. The first step is to determine the problem and whether testing and services are necessary. Getting the proper help in place as soon as possible can make a significant difference.

Keeping track of all the paperwork is one of the most important parts of advocating for your child. Learning as much as possible about a diagnosis, an IEP and available resources is also important.

When Can An Attorney Help?

A special education lawyer can help at any stage. In general, the sooner the better, because early intervention is often the key.

Our attorney can help you understand what goes into special education plans and can explain the process. From representation at an IEP meeting to addressing violations and any procedural issues, we will fight for your family.

If your rights have been violated, there are a number of ways to right the wrong. You only have a certain amount of time to bring a claim. Therefore, it is important to consult with an attorney as soon as possible.

Are Remedies Available If Services Have Been Denied?

In many cases, remedies are available, provided you are able to prove your case. We can explain how the law applies in your unique situation.

Assistance Navigating A Difficult And Often Drawn-Out Process

Has your child been suspended? Are his or her grades suffering? Have you been offered any testing or additional services by the school district?

Your child has the right to a free and appropriate public education even if only dealing with a mild to moderate disability. We will fight in your corner to make sure your child gets an education tailored to his or her needs. Find out more by calling 404-566-9061 or sending us a message to set up a time to discuss your concerns with our attorney.

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