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Serving Southern California, Yo Domino Mi IEP, is proudly and effectively connecting families who are involved in empowering their children with disabilities to succeed, with the support of local resources, updated laws, training, affordable, legal services, related services,  mediation, and coaching so they can successfully comprehend the IEP and self-determination process, and advocate for their love one with disabilities.

We have over 40 years of experience as certified and bonded special education professionals offering IEP advocacy, mediation,  independent facilitation, and PC Plan services in California, according to Federal, State, County, and City regulations.

The IEP Process

Child Find: Schools Legal Duty to Evaluate Children with Suspect Disability



You may not have heard of the Child Find mandate. It’s a legal requirement for schools to find children who have disabilities and need services. Identifying these kids is an important first step toward getting them the help they need to succeed in school.

Child Find is part of a federal law called the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This law protects the rights of students with disabilities.

Federal Requirements for Child Find Systems

A Brief Overview

  • Child Find is a legal requirement that schools find all children who have disabilities and who may be entitled to special education services.
  • Child Find covers every child from birth through age 21.
  • The school must evaluate any child that it knows or suspects may have a disability

Remote Screening, Evaluation, and Assessment - Birth to Age Five

Assessment in Special Education Series

IEP Eligibility vs Medical Diagnosis


Understanding the differences between a medical diagnosis and an educational determination of eligibility for special education services can help you become a better advocate for your child.

A medical diagnosis is made by a doctor or other specially trained clinician by using symptom criteria set in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), a book published by the American Psychological Association (APA).

By contrast, educational eligibility is decided by a team comprised of various school professionals and a student’s parents. The team must find that the student qualifies for services under IDEA.

Who Qualifies?

Before a student can receive special education services, he or she must be evaluated for eligibility. Under IDEA, there are currently 13 categories under which a child can receive these services:

  1. Autism
  2. Deaf-blindness
  3. Deafness
  4. Emotional disturbance
  5. Hearing impairment
  6. Intellectual disability*
  7. Multiple disabilities
  8. Orthopedic impairment
  9. Other health impairment
  10. Specific learning disability
  11. Speech or language impairment
  12. Traumatic brain injury
  13. Visual impairment

*ID has also been referred to as “Mental Retardation” (MR) in the past, and the term and its acronym may be used colloquially or in older documentation. It is not, however, a currently accepted practice to refer to individuals with intellectual disabilities as mentally retarded.


According to Education Law Center, "before a child can begin receiving special education services, the child must be evaluated to determine if the child is eligible for these services. The evaluation helps determine if the child has a disability and needs special education services. The evaluation is also important to identify changes to instruction, services, and supports the child needs to succeed."  See  The Fact Sheet and the COVID-19 Considerations


An IEP is a legal document that identifies a child’s disability, necessary services to help the child achieve measurable goals, and a specific plan for measuring progress.

Once an IEP is created and agreed upon by all members, it is a legally binding document,  and schools are held accountable for providing the services outlined in the plan.

it’s important for parents to be knowledgeable about special education and the IEP process—from the initial referral and evaluation meeting to the IEP development and progress monitoring—in order to increase their understanding, confidence, and ultimately, their ability to help their child be successful in school.

Make Your Resource Binder

We suggest you make a separate binder with copies of the following laws and forms. Use tabs to separate each document.

            Individual Educational Plan (IEP) -   The Process 



The IEP (or Individualized Education Plan) is a document which outlines a child’s educational needs due to a disability, and the services they will receive to help them learn in their educational setting.

The individualized program involves several steps, beginning with pre-referral and ending with evaluation of a child's program.

Note that every person involved in the child's education is part of a TEAM. Each person, including the parent, has important information and skills to add to the team. We work together to make sure children are sucessful.

Look at the US Department of Education:  A Guide to the Individualized Education Program

We recomend to read this article weeks before attending your child's IEP meeting.

50 Common IEP Meeting Questions

During an IEP meeting , we recommend you ask these questions:

10 Questions Every Parent Should Ask at an IEP Meeting


Special Education

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The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) guarantees that each child with a disability who needs special education the right to a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment (LRE).

SOS Paralegal, LLC conect with families to gude them to identify, obtain, and maintain services that will enable their children to fulfill the IDEA requirements. The main focus is to collaborate with your child IEP's multi-disciplinary team to maximize outcomes.  We are qualified to support your child in the following areas:

Academic records review

Current levels of performance

Goals Development

Data collection systems

IEP Meetings


Independent  Educational  Evaluation (IEE)

IEP Implementation

Multidisciplinary team collaborations


Parent training

Parents Need to know.....

The Transition Process  from an IEP  by Age - 14 to 22-year-old -

The IEP Transition Plan With an IEP

All parents/guardians need to know about the transition from an IEP.

Transition to Adulthood - Center for Parent Information and Resources.   

What is IEP transition planning?   According to The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act – (IDEA) – every student with an IEP must have an Individual Transition Plan (ITP) in their IEP by the time they turn 16. The ITP is a written document designed to help prepare students for life after school.   

 Secondary Transition Planning: Secondary transition is a results-oriented process that is focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the student with a disability to assist the individual's movement from school to post-school living, learning, and working environments.   

Transicion del IEP

Guia de el Westchester Institute for Human Development (El instituto para el Desarrollo Humano de Westchester)   Esta Guía de Planeación de Transición Dirigida a la Familia fué preparada especialmente por familias que ya han experimentado el proceso de transición para familias de estudiantes con discapacidades.

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Understanding your Child’s IEP Evaluations

The special education evaluation or assessment provides the IEP team information that will be used to determine if your child has one of the 13 types of eligible disabilities defined by IDEA and therefore qualifies them for special education services.

If your child’s primary language is not English, the evaluation may be administered in their native language or through a bilingual specialist or interpreter.

The assessment will measure areas of cognition, academics, and language skills along with social, emotional, developmental, and medical findings.

After the assessment is complete, an eligibility IEP meeting is held. Here, the team discusses the results of the evaluation and determines if your child has met the criteria for special education.

An evaluation plan that outlines the recommended testing may include:

  • Psychological evaluation: This takes a closer look at the student’s emotions, behavior, and social skills.
  • Psycho-educational testing: This involves cognitive testing and achievement testing. Cognitive testing focuses on how a student processes information. Achievement testing focuses on academics—how a student does with school-related skills, based on age or grade.
  • Interviews: These may be in person or via questionnaires with the student’s family, teachers, and the student. The goal is to get a detailed look at the student’s social, functional, and academic history.
  • Classroom observation: This gives the evaluator a sense of how the student functions in the classroom.
  • Functional behavioral assessment (FBA): This is to get a better understanding of any struggles with behavior that may have been getting in the way of learning.
  • Other evaluations: These may include speech-language assessment,  functional visual assessmentphysical therapy assessment,  occupational therapy assessment, or other specialized evaluations, if necessary.

Here are the Top 5 IEP Assessments

                            Know Who is Teaching Your Child

The Commission on Teacher Credentialing has provided through the link above immediate access to credential information. The credential information serves as the official record of certification. Changes, updates, and/or corrections made to records may take up to three working days to be reflected on the website look-ups.

Search for the credentials, certificates, and/or permits held by public school teachers and educators. Searches using first and last name may have multiple results.



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