504/IEP Support Liaison
When a child needs a 504 Plan or Individualized Education Plan (IEP) it can feel overwhelming and confusing for many parents. Not just because of the whole process, but also because often times when these meetings first start happen a child has just gotten one or more diagnoses which require a 504 or IEP which can be overwhelming in itself. As a parent who has two children with neurological differences, I've been through this many times myself. I could not find resources out there to support me in the very emotional process which is why I created this role of a 504/IEP Liaison.
If you have a child with:
Attention Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
We are happy to help you navigate your 504 or IEP meetings, either the initial meetings, or any follow up meetings.
A liaison will first discuss with the parents what their concerns are, and desired outcomes for the upcoming IEP or 504 plan meeting. Second, they will review all assessments and documentation of your child pertaining to areas that will be relevant at the IEP/504 plan meeting. Based on this collaborative information, they will generate a list of recommended accommodations to present at the IEP/504 plan meeting based on the parents feedback and their professional experience and knowledge. When a Liaison attends your IEP/504 plan meeting with you they will advocate for your child from a neutral stand point at a time when emotions can run high for parents. Additionally a liaison can work to help parents and educators to ensure that accommodations are congruent at home and school, which can lead to optimal success for the child. A Liaison will give parents and educators guidance on how to ensure this happens such as recommending specific behavior intervention techniques that are evidence based. We use a strengths based approach.
A Liaison come with years of experience participating in IEP and 504 plan meetings, as well as experience with children who require this support. They understand how emotional these meetings can be, and can be a support to the parents. Additionally, they will work to advocate for your child's best interest. The liaison will also take notes during the meeting to capture imperative information that is exchanged for reference as needed thereafter.
If you would benefit from additional support and advocacy for your child, contact me here.