Private & Confidential

Enables Families

  • Trains parents to be the best advocate for their child
  • School district can make up for lost services due to not following the Individual Education Plan
  • Provides resources relating to special education laws and services for students with ADD, ASDs, and other health impairments

Facilitation

Philosophy Behind Facilitation

Linda LaBeau's approach to avoiding disputes with school districts is to always put the "child's needs first". Often parents contact me, angry with the school district for past behaviors affecting their child's success at school. While it is appropriate to be angry, in order to move forward, those past disputes need to be resolved separately after the Individual Educational Plan has been established. The most important goal is to see your child's self esteem restored when he/she becomes successful at school.

How Facilitation Differs From Mediation

Early intervention in the facilitation process allows the parent to avoid filing complaints with the state and/or filing for a due process hearing. Anyone who has been through dealing with filing complaints realizes precious time is lost as the complaint is being investigated by the state agency. An early Resolution Facilitative IEP meeting with school officials avoids losing precious learning time for your child.

Beyond Facilitation

If the potential dispute cannot be resolved, the parent always has the right to file a complaint with the state or file for a due process hearing. Mediation of any dispute is always recommended by Linda LaBeau, RN. However, mediation usually happens late in the process prior to a due process hearing but nothing happens with the child's learning plan until the dispute is resolved, often months after the complaint has been filed due to state required timelines outlined in federal laws pertaining to IDEA (Individual's with Disabilities Education Act) and NCLB (No Child Left Behind). Mediation is a non-judicial none legal process which allows the parties to come to resolution through their own creative means. Schools are not required to provide anything beyond the required laws.

However, often when parties work together toward what is in the best interest of the child, often schools and parents resolve their dispute based on their interests in providing the child with the necessary services to improve the child's learning environment. Mediation occurs long after the initial dispute – complaint or request for due process has exhausted many valuable hours of learning for the child with special education needs. This is why early facilitation is valuable to your child with learning disabilities

If mediation becomes necessary, the Texas Education Agency provides mediators they have chosen through independent contractors they hire. These mediators are lawyers trained in education law and are paid for by Texas Education Agency.

Saves Relationships

  • Allows for a fresh start
  • Improves communication
  • Prevents adversity
  • ARD/IEP meetings stay on topic with separate meetings for misunderstandings

Saves Time

  • Avoids filing complaints with staff and the state
  • Provides early intervention and resolution
  • Allows child to receive services promptly
  • Admission, Review and Dismissal process can move forward

Saves Money