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I live in Manatee County, Fl and a friend of mine recommended your services to me.  My son has been attending a private school via the McKay Scholarship since 4th grade; he now is in 7th.  His IEP has never been updated, I didn't realize it should be.  I am considering a public school for either next year or beginning high school.  Are you able to advise me on how to go about updating his IEP (he was recently re-evaluated by an educational psychologist) to fit his current needs, but not reduce his matrix score?  This will give him more choices in education to have public schools an option.  
Thank you very much.

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Hello, Eve,
I look forward to talking with you about how to effectively make the transition to public and how to assure the McKay is as robust as possible. I'd like to review the IEP from 4th grade, the current evaluations, possibly observe at school or talk with school staff, and maybe meet you. Let's start by scheduling a phone call via email abc4sucess@msn.com. Thank you so much for reaching out to me!  

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Michelle R. Davis, M. Ed.

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I can answer questions about disability definitions and criteria for services, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 2004, No Child Left Behind, 504 plans, how to craft an IEP that drives the appropriate services, school placement, dispute options, and least restrictive environment. I worked in the public school system as a special educator and am now in private consulting practice where we assist parents as they navigate the special education process. I have expertise in all educational disabilities except blind/visual impairments and deaf/hard of hearing. This includes ADHD and other health impairments, medical conditions, dyslexia and learning disabilities, Autism, emotional disabilities, language processing problems, and interfering behaviors.

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10 years as special educator and administrator in public school system; Director of ABCs for Life Success since 1998; Expert services such as analysis and testimony; Author: Special Needs Advocacy Resource Book: What you can do now to advocate for your exceptional child's education; Special Needs Advocacy Training Institute; internet radio show Teach Your Children Well: Hot Topics in Education; author School Success for Kids with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders released March 2010 (Prufrock Press).

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Masters in Special Education with Emphasis on Inclusive Education (Johns Hopkins University); B.S.in Special Education (James Madison University); Conduct training for Universities, public and private schools, parent groups. Adjunct professor current George Washington University and prior George Mason University.

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