ARD and IEP Help

ARD and IEP Help

Success in Public School, even with Learning Disabilities or Special Needs

Federal and state education laws protect children with Learning Disabilities and Special Needs. These laws provide for legally protected 504 or ARD meetings, in which families and school staff meet to build appropriate educational plans.

A Special Education Advocate can help you with your child's ARD Meeting

Gabriella Mackin of Educere helps parents meet with school counselors, and members of the schools' special education staffs in ARD meetings, where parents and schools negotiate and write appropriate plans for each student according to the laws. Gabriella Mackin is not a lawyer, but her knowledge of education law is only surpassed by her passion to see that all children receive the proper accommodations to allow them the best opportunity for success. She herself is the parent of children with learning disabilities, two children with ADD/ADHD, and a child who is deaf and medically fragile. She helps her own and other families secure appropriate educational services from school districts.

  • Autism
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Medically Fragile
  • Dyslexia
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Referrals to psychologists for initial/ongoing educational diagnosis.
  • Assistance in preparing specific goals, strategies, and accommodations for the child (IEP’s or 504 plans).
  • Attending ARD or 504 meetings with school personnel to put an IEP or 504 plan into place.
  • Coaching students and parents on compensating skills that help minimize the impact of ADD/ADHD on academic success.
  • Ongoing one-on-one tutoring to help the student stay on top of his/her classes, and work with tutors who have experience with ADHD/ADD
  • Developing strategies to ensure the school district personnel (teachers, aides, etc) have the qualifications they are legally required to have.
  • Assistance with Due Process hearings, and 504 complaints.

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  • A one-on-one tutoring environment allows for fewer distractions from the environment and from others in the room,
  • An experienced tutor can recognize when a student with ADD/ADHD needs a short break and can allow for that at reasonable intervals, then redirect the student back to the work,
  • A one-on-one tutor modifies the curriculum, and uses the student’s own interests to make the lesson more relevant and interesting,
  • Communicates with the school and teacher to keep track of student progress and workload,
  • Assists the parents and student with monitoring a homework journal,
  • Teaches the student time management strategies,
  • Works with the student on how to break large projects into manageable parts,
  • Aids in setting intermediate deadlines,
  • Provides immediate positive encouragement and individual praise for accomplished tasks,