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I have a step-son that has epilepsy, indeterminate rage disorder and a learning disability. He has a one to one para, but I feel that she is not doing her job because he has been suspended on numerous occasions for behavioral issues. I have asked more than once, "Where was his one to one?". they have yet to answer. What is her job, she is assigned only to him. also I have asked for a functional behavioral assessment to be done but keep getting the run around. One Friday I sent a registered letter to the school that was notarized and one again requested  a behavioral assessment to be done. can they keep ignoring my requests? also when can I request a mediator? we live in the great state of New York.

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Hi Melanie,
Has there been an FBA done recently? I am wondering if that is why they aren't wanting to do one now. If not, I would continue to push for the FBA. If you are not happy with the school's response, you can refer to your parent rights, which should be provided to you in writing, usually at the annual IEP review. There are usually local and state phone numbers listed that you can call. They will let you know when mediation is appropriate. If his IEP says that he has a one-on-one para, then the school is obligated to make sure a para or teacher is available to work with him for the amount of time listed on the IEP.

Having said all of that, even the presence of a one-on-one and an FBA will not necessarily prevent the behavior issues from occurring completely.

Best of luck to you,
Morgan

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I can answer most questions related to psychological evaluations including an explanation of the scores and the assessment measures. I can also answer most questions regarding special education eligibility, response to intervention (RtI), and recommendations and interventions for specific areas of disability including intellectual disability, learning disability, emotional and behavioral disorders, other health impaired, autism, and pervasive developmental disorder. I can also answer questions regarding Individual Education Plans (IEPs), and parent rights. I cannot determine if a child has a disability or not based on anecdotal information or assessment scores.

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As a graduate student, I interned at a psychoeducational facility for students with severe emotional and behavioral disorders as well as other disorders including specific learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, and autism. Following my internship, I was hired full-time there as a school psychologist and worked there for several years. Since then I have worked as a regular school psychologist in a district mostly completing psychological evaluations and consulting with the Student Support Team (SST). I currently work as a contract psychologist for several metro Atlanta counties.

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The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) The Student Support Team Association for Georgia Educators (SSTAGE)

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My undergraduate degree is from the University of Georgia in Psychology. I have an M.Ed. and Ed.S. from Georgia State University. I recently completed my Educational Leadership Certificate at West Georgia University.

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