Q & A

Q:  I was at an IEP meeting the other day for my son who is in a “behavior” class.  They presented me with a form that I had never seen before titled ‘Emergency Response Protocol Addendum To IEP”.  My son already has a Functional Behavior Assessment and a Behavior Intervention Plan which is working for him and I […]

When Having a Medical Action Plan is Mentioned, Do You Think of your Child?

When is a Medical Action Plan necessary and do I need more than one?  In a school setting a medical action plan is required if your child has a life threatening illness or a condition (Asthma, cardiac, seizure disorders, food allergies) and/or require giving out medication and medical monitoring (Diabetes, complex on going medical needs, […]

Preventing the Tidal Waves of Challenging Behavior at Home this Summer

By Kelcey Schmitz, MSEd Center for Strong Schools University of Washington Tacoma The Whole Child Initiative (WCI) at the University of Washington Tacoma’s Center for Strong Schools helps schools, families, neighborhoods and community programs to create sustainable nurturing environments that support the academic, behavioral, social and emotional development of children. One essential element of the […]

Can I still walk with my classmates at the end of my Senior Year, if I participate in a transition plan?

Students often ask the question “If I participate in a transition plan between the age of 18-21, does that mean I can still walk with my classmates at the end of my senior, or fourth, year?”  The answer is a resounding YES!! In 2005 State Legislation passed Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5450 – “Kevin’s Law”.  […]

Benefits of Providing Early Intervention in the Natural Environment

  As the Program Director of the Early Intervention Program at HopeSparks Family Services in Tacoma, I am frequently asked why we spend time and money providing services in a child’s home, rather than having families bring children to a clinic setting.  One reason is that it is the law, but more importantly, providing services […]

Q&A

Question One: My son was evaluated by my district and they determined that he was not eligible for an IEP but recommended a 504 plan. I asked for a copy of the Evaluation Report at the meeting and was told they would get it to me as soon as it was finalized. That was three months ago. I […]