Researched-Based Interventions

by Justin Youngs, Esq. Under the IDEA and California Education Code, an IEP must include “a statement of the special education and related services and supplementary aids and services, based on peer-reviewed research to the extent practicable” that will be READ FULL ARTICLE

Understanding the Relevant Parts of an IEP Document

Special Education and Family Law: Understanding the Relevant Parts of an IEP Document by Justin Youngs, Esq. IEP documents come in all different shapes and sizes. With different school districts utilizing different methods of preparing IEP documents, interpreting the documents READ FULL ARTICLE

The IDEA Divorced Parent

Special Education and Family Law: Implications of Divorce on Parental Participation and Consent By: Christina Soliman, Esq Divorce. It affects everyone involved, but it can be especially devastating for children with disabilities. According to the American Psychological Association, about 40 READ FULL ARTICLE

Extracurricular Activities and IEPs

Supports and Services for Student Participation in Team Sports, After-School Programs, and Other Extracurricular Activities by Kelly Cheung, Esq. School based extracurricular activities such as sports teams or after school clubs are often overlooked as an important component to a READ FULL ARTICLE

Introducing our New Associate, Kelly Cheung!

It is our pleasure to introduce our new and outstanding associate, Kelly Cheung. Kelly joined Woodsmall Law Group in early December 2015 and rapidly became an esteemed asset to our office. Her professionalism, thoughtfulness and compassion show through in all READ FULL ARTICLE


Preparedness and Peace of Mind for Your Child’s Education By Max Goldman, Esq. Federal and state law guarantee a child with a disability the right to a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) that includes an individualized education plan (IEP) READ FULL ARTICLE

Private School Placement

Special Education and the Private School Student Legal Protections & Options for Securing a FAPE By Shima Kalaei, Esq. Finding the appropriate placement for a child with special needs can be among the most difficult challenges a parent can face.  READ FULL ARTICLE

Parent Access to the Special Education Classroom

PARENT ACCESS TO THE SPECIAL EDUCATION CLASSROOM: A Survey of Protections Under the Law Parents frequently contact our offices with questions relating to problems accessing their child’s educational placement.  From district to district, school to school, even from general ed READ FULL ARTICLE

An IEP Checklist

Transitioning from Regional Center to School District Services 30 months: Your regional center service coordinator should facilitate an introduction meeting during which you will meet your school district service coordinator. If your regional center does not facilitate this meeting, ask READ FULL ARTICLE

Preparing for an IEP?

Preparing for an IEP? Tips & Strategies for Parents An IEP (Individualized Education Program) is a conference held to design a unique and tailored education plan for your child. The end result of the IEP meeting is a contract with READ FULL ARTICLE

Report Writing for Professionals

REPORT WRITING TIPS FOR PROFESSIONALS SERVING THE SPECIAL NEEDS COMMUNITY Far too often the success of an Individual Education Program (IEP) meeting relies on the content of reports and assessments. District professionals understand the need for educational supports and related READ FULL ARTICLE

Special Needs Trusts

SPECIAL NEEDS TRUSTS HOW TO PROVIDE FOR YOUR CHILD’S FUTURE By Shima Kalaei, Esq. As a parent of a child with a disability, you face many concerns about your child’s future.  You may worry about how your child will support READ FULL ARTICLE