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legal rights for School provide a behavior analyst (BCBA)???

After two years that I have been trying to get accommodations made with the school through the development of a 504 plan (another long story there), I have finally gotten the ball officially rolling now for my 3rd grade son.  At the conclusion of the recent planning meeting it was unanimously decided that a 504 plan is and should have been necessary.  As part of the plan establishment there are all sorts of observational assessments that need to be completed within 2 weeks.  As I understand it, other schools utilize a BCBA to conduct these assessments, but in my school the part-time, overwhelmed, child study team is “sharing” the assessment responsibilities with much of the “work” falling into the teacher’s lap.  I am not satisfied with this and have written a letter to the superintendent requesting an outside BCBA be brought in to conduct these observations.  I have a meeting with him on Monday (3/10/14) at 9 am.  Does anyone know my legal rights???


I wasn’t even aware of any assessments for a 504, only for IEP’s.  With a 504 you usually provide the diagnosis and then sit down together to and figure out what accomodations will help (and then usually fight the school to get them, haha). We did add to our son’s accomodations that Behavioral Therapist would be called to devise Behavior Plan for xyz and for negative behaviors identified by staff or parents.  Good luck to you.

Posted by Peacfldove on Mar 07, 2014 at 10:45pm

As part of the 504 plan, I stressed the need for a behaviorist, to provide strategies for the teacher.  These assessments would be to get a gauge of the behaviors needing interventions.

Posted by Mela27 on Mar 07, 2014 at 11:38pm

If your child has troubling behavior in school, you can request a Functional Behavioral Analysis (FBA) to form a Behavioral Intervention Plan (BIP) for the school to follow. My son’s school didn’t mention this to me until my son was in 4th grade and had a serious metldown at school. He had been diagnosed with ADHD for four years at that point, had a 504 plan prior, and was currently on an IEP. It was never part of any assessments unless the student exhibited troublesome behavior that was a serious disruption or was dangerous to themselves or others.

The FBA was done by a Behavioral Specialist on staff in our school district. She is incredible—the only person I’ve ever dealt with in our entire school system who truly understands my son.

He is no longer on a BIP (two years later) because that was the only aggressive outburst he has ever had at school, and it was caused by having a teacher who refused to follow the IEP and refused to modify his assignments, despite being legally obligated.

Anyhow, that’s our story around behavior plans. Good luck at your meeting this morning. Let us know how it goes.

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Posted by adhdmomma on Mar 10, 2014 at 4:32pm

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