Advocacy

Your child has options. You can help advocate for the right one!

Many parents find themselves feeling overwhelmed by all the decisions they need to make for their child’s communication, emotional, behavioral, physical, medical, sensory and social needs. Parents are faced with educational placement options, a choice of teachers, Individualized Education Plan (IEP) planning and meetings, classroom accommodations, medical and therapy appointments. Maybe you’re in a position where you are given so many options that you need help deciding which route to take. Maybe you’re at the other end of the spectrum and you know there are more opportunities and services needed for your child, but you need some help finding appropriate resources.

Both situations are perfectly normal… at Granite Bay Speech, we are here to help you do what is best for your family and your child.

What Granite Bay Speech Can Offer You

Evaluations for speech, language and learning disabilities. We have a plethora of local resources, as well as experience working with community organizations.

Nancy Barcal has over 40 years of experience as a Speech Language Pathologist. Prior to arriving in California, she worked in schools and hospitals in Illinois, including the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Nancy has experience as a therapist and home school educator treating language, communication, and learning disabilities. Nancy’s passion is helping individuals of all ages find their hidden learning potential in all areas of communication.

Nancy Barcal is available for consultations by phone or in the office. She can offer help and guidance with no long term commitments, or she is happy to provide long term help guiding you as your child and family face decisions about communication and learning.

Nancy Barcal can be scheduled for presentations, IEP meetings and IEP preparation.

Granite Bay Speech is happy to help you find legal resources in the community if you need an advocate or an attorney who knows the laws related to your needs.

We encourage you to do some research and gather information.

You will want to research your child’s school and see what type of special education classes and accommodations they have. We recommend organizing all of your child’s school records, evaluations, report cards, and teacher communication in a large 3 ring binder. It is also important to learn about special education law and its’ protections in your state. Always remember to talk with your child regarding their feelings about school. They may have some insight on ways to help them succeed.

IEP- What is it?

Each public school child who receives special education and related services must have an Individualized Education Program (IEP). The IEP creates an opportunity for teachers, parents, school administrators, related services personnel, and students (when appropriate) to work together to improve educational results for children with disabilities.

504 Plan- What is it?

A 504 plan is a legal document that outlines a plan of instructional services for students in the general education setting. Students with ADHD often have a 504 plan. While it is not an IEP, the 504 document usually describes the types of accommodations that will be made for a student in school.

Resources:

Advocate for Justice and Education
http://www.aje-dc.org/
AJE was formed to motivate and educate parents, and those working with parents about the laws that govern special education and related services, and the consequences of institutional negligence and/or inappropriate classification of students with special needs.

Bridges 4 Kids
https://www.bridges4kids.org/
Bridges 4 Kids is a non-profit parent organization providing a comprehensive system of information and referrals for parents and professionals working with children from birth through transition to adult life. The organization provides a circle of support for ALL children, with a special focus on those who have disabilities, special needs, or who are at-risk.

Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates
https://www.copaa.org/
COPAA is an independent, nonprofit organization of attorneys, advocates and parents established to improve the quality and quantity of legal assistance for parents of children with disabilities

LD Online
http://www.ldonline.org/
LD OnLine seeks to help children and adults reach their full potential by providing accurate and up-to-date information and advice about learning disabilities and ADHD.