30 YEARS OF ADVOCACY FROM THE CLASSROOM TO THE COURT ROOM

I was a teacher, principal, and director of special education. I am also a certified reading specialist.



 

LEVINE ASSOCIATES LLC

I am also an Orton Gillingham Instructor.

SPECIAL EDUCATION KNOW YOUR CHILD’S RIGHTS!

Your child is your life. But what happens when your child with special needs isn’t progressing in reading? What happens when the school district decides to take services away from your child? What happens when the school isn’t following your child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP)?


By law, your child with special needs is entitled to appropriate educational services. But the school district may make decisions you don’t agree with. 

Trust your instincts – if you think your child isn’t receiving an appropriate education, let me  HELP YOU.

EVERY CHILD CAN LEARN


Message From Dr. Levine

If you are like most parents, you trusted the advice and recommendations from your school staff. Now you have come to realize that you cannot trust their advice. From your perspective the schools program is damaging your child as your child falls further and further behind. Under these circumstances feelings of anger and betrayal are nearly inevitable.


Are you worried that your child needs special education services? Does your child already have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) but  you are feeling that something isn’t right? Do you feel like the IEP team is speaking another language and you don’t know where to turn? 


Parents Are Natural Advocates For Their Children

Who is your child’s first teacher? You are. Who is your child’s most important role model? You are. Who is responsible for your child’s welfare? You are. Who has your child’s best interests at heart? You do.


You know your child better than anyone else. The school is involved with your child for a few years. You are involved with your child for life. You should play an active role in planning your child’s education. The law gives you the power to make educational decisions for your child. Do not be afraid to use your power. Use it wisely. A good education is the most important gift you can give to your child.


I can guide you through all the special education laws, assessment plans and assist you in IEPs. I have helped hundreds of families understand the special education process and obtain the services that their child is entitled to under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).



After an IEP Meeting Have You Ever Left Your School Wondering.

What just happened? What did I sign?


Is my child getting the best possible services?


Am I asking the right questions?


Does this plan truly meet my child’s needs?


Beware of The Gatekeeper

A “Gatekeeper” can be a teacher, therapist, service provider, administrator, or anyone who completely overreacts whenever their opinions, responsibilities, recommendations, or expertise are questioned or challenged by the parent or advocate. These are the people who believe that they know it all. Therefore, if a parent implies or states outright that their child’s special education needs are not being met, the Gatekeeper cannot handle it. 


You may have experienced these factors that have created a crisis for your child.


Placed your child in a program that he doesn’t belong in despite your objections


Refused to provide necessary services because these services are expensive but would establish a precedent.


Refused to consider or include private professionals recommendations in the IEP


Terminated the child from special education after the child’s IQ scores dropped because there is no longer a severe discrepancy between the child’s ability and achievement scores.


Caused the child to be arrested at school and suspended or expelled the child for behavior that is related to the child’s disability.



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