Is the school meeting the unique educational needs of your special needs child?

Are you aware of the wide range of environments and educational aids your child is legally entitled to?

Continuum of Placement Options

Each Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) must have a continuum of program options available to meet the needs of a child with a disability. This goes hand in hand with the requirement that a child with a disability must be placed in the least restrictive environment (LRE).

At a minimum, the SELPA must have the following options available:

  • The regular education program
  • The resource specialist program (RSP)
  • Designated instruction and services (DIS)–otherwise known as "related services." These are developmental, corrective, and supportive services that are required to assist a child to benefit from his or her education. These include speech and language, health services, and school based counseling
  • Special classes, often referred to as special day classes (SDC), are generally smaller classes and are made up only of children with disabilities
  • Nonpublic, nonsectarian school services
  • State special schools
  • Instruction in settings other than classrooms where specially designed instruction may occur
  • Traveling instruction in classrooms, resource rooms, and settings other than classrooms where specially designed instruction may occur
  • Instruction using telecommunication, instruction in the home, in hospitals, and in other institutions–this includes home/hospital placements and even residential treatment centers and are considered the most restrictive education placement possible.

Again, the most important thing to consider is the individual, unique needs of a child with disabilities. The legal mandate to have a continuum of program options available is to ensure that a program will be available to meet the needs of the child.

The special education attorneys at Augustin Egelsee are experienced advocates who have helped hundreds of children obtain placement in the appropriate educational setting. We are skilled at overcoming obstacles and getting your children the free appropriate public education (FAPE) they are legally entitled to.

Contact the Orange County special education attorneys at Augustin Egelsee so we can discuss your circumstances, explain your rights and set you and your family in the right direction.

Services can be provided in Spanish and Korean, upon request.

California Residential Treatment Center

A residential treatment center may be an appropriate placement for children who are unable to make appropriate progress in school and they meet specific eligibility criteria. This can be a tough decision to make, especially if it involves sending the child to a treatment center outside of California.

We have represented hundreds of children in this situation and can determine whether the school district can provide educational services that meet the needs of your child.

Contact the Orange County special education attorneys at Augustin Egelsee so we can discuss your circumstances, explain your rights and set you and your family in the right direction.

Services can be provided in Spanish and Korean, upon request.

Our law office is located in Anaheim Hills, near the 91 and 55 freeways.