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Special Ed laws in California?

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September 15th, 2010, 11:15 PM
sandpaper06's Avatar Mom of 3 darlings
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Hi everyone. I hope you don't mind my posting here. I am no stranger to special needs/special education children. My younger sister has Rett Syndrome and is severely disabled. My son was born premature and is getting OT and speech services here in Colorado. I also got my undergrad and most of my graduate degree in Speech Therapy (I dropped out).

My question has to do with transportation in California for special education services for those 3-5 year olds. My niece is being picked up by a bus twice a week for her speech therapy and my SIL is telling the family that she isn't allowed by some Gates Law(?) to take her to therapy. In EVERYTHING I've ever heard/learned/seen/done the parent is always encouraged to watch in order to help carry over the things the child is learning.

Is there really a law in CA that doesn't allow for a parent to take their child to special ed services? I'm thinking my SIL is pulling one on the family, and I want to try to help her realize how important it is for her to be there during at least ONE of the sessions a week.

Thanks in advance!
Alisha, mom to:
Marcus - Jan '09
Lauren - March '10
Caroline - November '12

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September 16th, 2010, 10:29 AM
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This does not make any sense to me. The only time I've ever heard of a parent not being allowed to be involved with OT/ST/PT(etc) is when the parent's presence presents issue for the child and that is only IF the parent agrees to not be present.

I tried to look up this specific law but it doesn't seem to exist and everything I've read states that parents are an integral part of any special needs services.

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October 19th, 2010, 07:04 AM
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My son received therapy in California, and I always took him myself, and stayed the entire time. We never used a bus service in the 3 years that he got services there.

If your SIL doesn't want to go to therapy, I would let that be her choice. I always went to my ds's therapy, but at the same time, when he had in home therapy I could not be in the room, and during a lot of his sessions for his out of home therapy I waited outside of the room. He behaved very differently when I was there and was extremely uncooperative. I liked that he knew I was nearby, but being in the room was a mess most of the time.
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January 5th, 2011, 04:36 PM
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Same here. My son has been receiving therapy now for almost 4 years. I've taken him to every appointment.

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