Common Pitfalls

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Parents placing a child in a program based on their diagnosis rather than their skill level

Placement is determined at the IEP meeting based on a student’s present level of performance, not predetermined based on a diagnosis.

Schools not allowing certain accommodations, such as an aide a student needs, because the school may say that it is too costly

Schools must grant accommodations if they are on the IEP no matter what-this includes if the school has to take other things out of their budget, such as dances.

Teachers repeatedly punishing a child without ever doing an FBA or BIP

A child who is determined to need an IEP must get an FBA approved before they can ever be punished.