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Old 02-10-2012, 12:08 AM
 
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We are moving from Maryland to the triangle area this summer and we are looking for some update information about Special education in Wake County. Our oldest child is in the 4th grade has LD/ADD with anxiety issues and he has IEP support for reading, math (below grade level in math/reading), OT and speech service plus 1.1 support in public school in Maryland. Any feedback would be great! Thanks!
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Old 02-10-2012, 11:18 AM
 
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We are moving from Maryland to the triangle area this summer and we are looking for some update information about Special education in the area. Our oldest child is in the 4th grade has LD/ADD with anxiety issues and he has IEP support for reading, math (below grade level in math/reading), OT and speech service plus 1.1 support in public school in Maryland. Any feedback would be great! Thanks!
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Old 02-10-2012, 11:31 AM
 
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I think your IEP can transfer, no? I don't think you'll get 1:1 support here though for what you describe, if you mean he has a "shadow" with him all day.
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Old 02-10-2012, 07:06 PM
 
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Typically a school will review both the evaluation and the IEP and determine if it meets the requirements for eligibility in the state. Requirements for eligibility especially LD can be different from state to state, especially with RTI (Response To Intervention) playing a part in eligibility. Also, a diagnosis of ADD does not necessarily guarantee services, some districts will utilize a 504 Accommodation plan for a student with ADD rather than special education services. We hold transfer meetings for new students within the first ten days of enrollment. I hope this helps.

I always recommend parents to read their rights regarding having a student who has been found eligible for special education services.

Look up parental rights for IDEA-04
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Old 02-12-2012, 11:19 PM
 
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I think your IEP can transfer, no? I don't think you'll get 1:1 support here though for what you describe, if you mean he has a "shadow" with him all day.
No shadow but he's pull out of the main classroom for 1.1 support many time during school day/week.
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Old 07-10-2012, 03:02 PM
 
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Hi! I am in a similar situation, except that we probably won't be moving until the end of this year.
I just wanted to find out if you found out any additional information and if you decided on a certain
school/area. We are also hoping to find a great family neighborhood with great schools for one special needs elementary child and one gifted middle schooler. Please share your experience and info. when you get a chance.
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Old 07-11-2012, 06:23 AM
 
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We are moving from Maryland to the triangle area this summer and we are looking for some update information about Special education in Wake County. Our oldest child is in the 4th grade has LD/ADD with anxiety issues and he has IEP support for reading, math (below grade level in math/reading), OT and speech service plus 1.1 support in public school in Maryland. Any feedback would be great! Thanks!
OT, speech services, 1:1 pull out support many times a day in addition to IEP support in reading and math sounds like a fair amount of additional staff time will be required. Was your Maryland school district well funded?

With the financial crunch the Wake County school district is struggling with, not sure that even knowing the law and advocating strongly for the services your son is entitled to will result in his receiving comparable SpEd support/services.

You may want to broaden your search to include the Chapel Hill/Carrboro school district and also look into The Hill Center in Durham, NC. According to their web site, The Hill Center offers a half-day program to students in grades K-12 with diagnosed learning disabilities or attention deficit disorders who are enrolled in either a public or private school for a portion of the day.

Good luck.
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Old 07-11-2012, 06:41 AM
 
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My child has Asperger's and ADD. We are in Wake Schools; she started her in 4th grade, and had an IEP when we moved here. She had a 1:1 in-class, with pull outs for OT and speech. Her pull outs were weekly to start for OT and speech, and if she was heading for an Aspie melt-down, her 1:1 would take her to the hall before it got too bad. As time went on, services were scaled back, but really primarily due to her no longer needing the service as she got older. In 5th, the OT was still weekly, speech every 2 weeks, still had 1:1. Halfway thru middle school, we were able to drop OT and speech, and this was NOT due to budget cuts, but rather due to her no longer needing the service. She is now a rising 9th grader, and will have the 1:1 available to her this fall. The incredibly nice thing about all of this is that after trying 3 paras for the 1:1 when we first started, we had one lady really "click" and she has followed my daughter from elementary through middle, and has been joking that she's now "graduating" to high school as well. This has all been in Wake Schools. We've never been transferred, bussed, had school assignments change, nothing of that sort. We've had great teachers, administrators, support specialists. I've never felt the need to contact the district office for any reason, I've always had such responsive folks at her school that were responsive, prompt, caring, and involved.

Your are welcome to DM if you'd like, I'd be happy to tell you more about our experiences. Best of luck for your move!
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Old 07-11-2012, 08:21 AM
 
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Dear ALStafford,

It sounds like you have had a very positive experience in Wake County. What actual elementary and middle schools did your child attend. We are hoping to relocate from FL where my Aspergers son with ADHD and other LD's will be repeating 3rd grade. He is in an inclusive "Spectrum" class and recieves OT once a week and speech pragmatics 2+days a week. While his school experience has been ok so far, our area lacks in many autism services, support groups, camps, etc. Plus, we have few educational options for middle and high school. We can live anywhere in the US but prefer to stay in the south and Wake County seems like a good fit our family. I appreciate any other helpful feedback you can give me.
We are also looking for a neighborhood chock full of kids instead of retirees.

Thanks!
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Old 07-11-2012, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Littleton, CO
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Dear ALStafford,

It sounds like you have had a very positive experience in Wake County. What actual elementary and middle schools did your child attend. We are hoping to relocate from FL where my Aspergers son with ADHD and other LD's will be repeating 3rd grade. He is in an inclusive "Spectrum" class and recieves OT once a week and speech pragmatics 2+days a week. While his school experience has been ok so far, our area lacks in many autism services, support groups, camps, etc. Plus, we have few educational options for middle and high school. We can live anywhere in the US but prefer to stay in the south and Wake County seems like a good fit our family. I appreciate any other helpful feedback you can give me.
We are also looking for a neighborhood chock full of kids instead of retirees.

Thanks!

Hi sflgirl!

My daughter attended Yates Mill Elementary and Dillard Drive Middle. Dillard Drive Middle has an on-staff Autism Support Teacher (AST..and don't accidently call them ASD, that's after school detention ). Some schools have an AST position, some don't at least at the High School level. We're Cary High for HS, which does have an AST.

You'll also want to check out the Wake County Chapter of the Autism Society of NC. Great organization that assists families, works with camps for summer and track-outs, has a library of resources and social and support groups for both kids and family members. All kinds of good stuff.

I tried DM-ing you but couldn't for some reason...if you'd like more info, definitely feel free to DM me!
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