INDEPENDENT EDUCATIONAL EVALUATIONS
An independent educational evaluation (IEE) is an evaluation of a child that is done by a person who does not work for the child's school district. Think of an IEE as a second opinion from a professional who does not have a stake in the outcome of the evaluation.
The IEE has the same goals as the school’s evaluation: to determine the educational needs of your child resulting from a disability.
A proper evaluation should identify and address all of your child’s disabilities and/or educational needs. To accomplish that goal, an evaluation “shall use a variety of assessment tools and strategies to gather relevant functional, developmental, and academic information, including information provided by the parent.”
iTherapy has had extensive experience in completing IEPs that are honest, ethical and follow legal guidelines under the IDEA. We an excellent track record of all recommendations being implemented to the satisfaction of both the parent and school district involved.
INDIVIDUAL EDUCATIONAL PLAN
The IEP, Individualized Education Program, is a document that is developed for each public school child who is eligible for special education. The IEP is created through a team (parents, teachers, therapists, administrators) effort and reviewed yearly.
The IEP describes how the student learns, how the student best demonstrates that learning and what teachers and service providers will do to help the student learn more effectively. Developing an IEP requires assessing students in all areas related to the known disabilities, simultaneously considering ability to access the general curriculum, considering how the disability affects the student’s learning, forming goals and objectives that correspond to the needs of the student.
An IEP is meant to ensure that students receive an appropriate placement, not only special education classrooms or special schools. It is meant to give the student a chance to participate in regular school culture and academics as much as is possible for that individual student. In this way, the student is able to have specialized assistance only when such assistance is absolutely necessary.
Our team members at iTherapy are experts in creating IEP goals and objectives that address each child’s individual speech and communication needs. We work to facilitate cooperation, coordination, and the flow of information among families and educational institutions to carry out their missions to best serve students with special needs.
AUGMENTATIVE AND ALTERNATIVE COMMUNICATION ASSESMENTS
An AAC assessment is the process of evaluating an individual’s condition, abilities and skills to determine the most appropriate communication solution for their needs.
Our role at iTherapy is to identify technology to facilitate the most effective communication possible across a variety of communication environments, situations or frameworks.
Our clinicians will seek out, learn techniques, strategies, approaches that will maximize the potential AAC user. As speech-language pathologists we rely on having a comprehensive understanding of communication, language and its development to determine the just right fit through ongoing formal and informal measures.