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Last Updated: 01/15/2018

  Ask the Advocate with Tricia Luker


Question:  I have a 15 yr old 9th grader in High School who is in the process of going from a self-contained classroom to a mainstream classroom.  I have been trying to get the school system to put into his IEP goals something that will teach him how to take classroom notes, organize notebooks, etc. (All the organizational study skills that he will need to survive and keep up in the mainstream environment.)  I keep getting the run-around.  What if anything can I do to help him?  He gets into trouble at school because he is not being challenged and I want him moved on to the next level where he can get some kind of an education.


Answer:  I encourage you to copy, modify, print out and mail the sample letter "Letter Requesting Organizational Skills Evaluation" to your special education director. Then let us know what the response is. Contact us again and we will have some sample goals and objectives drafted that address organizational skills for you so that when you go into the IEP Team meeting you will be prepared. This letter will surely let them know you are serious about getting the goals and objectives written into the IEP and that you are going to hold them accountable.
Tricia Luker


A Thank You From the Parent: "On behalf of my son, my husband and myself we extend our thanks...we have always made our son our number one priority.  At this point in his life getting started with an education is of utmost importance.  He is so eager to learn...and despite his physical handicap I think he will turn out to be a very bright young man if we can help find the connections to get him there."

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