2 years ago on 04/27/2017 at 9:03 AM

In desperate need of advise or recommendation for a parent advocate nearby Park Ridge. My son is in a CPS school located on the northwest side of Chicago and has an IEP. He is not meeting any of his kindergarten goals and they want to advance him into 1st grade next year. I need a strong advocate to represent my son at the meeting. As a parent I'm completely overwhelmed with the process. Has anyone ever used Sharon Jacobellis, located in park ridge on Main st?


2 years ago on 04/27/2017 at 9:10 AM

You should post this in the Raise your Hand group! https://www.facebook.com/groups/RYHSpecialEd/

2 years ago on 04/27/2017 at 9:18 AM

Northshore pediatric therapy in glenview has an advocate there that will help u with everything

2 years ago on 04/27/2017 at 10:16 AM

Please fight this! You want your child to feel positive about his school experiences. By trying to just pass him thru, he will get lost in the masses! He deserves better than that, especially at the beginning of his educational career. He deserves a strong foundation and equally important, to have the time to successfully meet his goals, without feeling discouraged. It will make a big difference in how he views education in the future! I hope you get a good advocate for him. Stay strong, mama!

2 years ago on 04/27/2017 at 11:14 AM

Oh Traci--you just stay strong! I speak from experience. We learned my son had a processing disorder when he was in 7th grade. It was overwhelming at first, since I was unprepared and uneducated about the possibilities. I pulled him out of a parochial school and put him into public school, as they had SO much more to offer him. Best decision I made! My son thrived not only in junior high, but in High School as well. They not only taught him ways of overcoming the disability, but how to advocate for himself. He had a 3. 5 gpa with his undergrad and a 4. 0 getting his Masters. Looking back, I credit the school districts that had strong supportive programs, as well as staying on top of/being in contact with educators and advisors. I have friends in similar circumstances who were not so lucky, and have had nightmare stories! A lot depends on school district. One gal I knew begged for her daughter to be tested for years. Her daughter had such low self esteem from poor grades. Her district kept procrastinating on testing because it costs a lot of money. Finally, they relented in her Senior year in high school and she was found to have significant issues. This poor girl carried the weight of being a poor student for years. Had she had the proper help of guidance and an IEP, she could have seen success much sooner and enjoyed her education and feel good about herself. Be strong. Be your son's biggest advocate and find the best help you can get to support your cause. Understand that a lot of the services are simply dollar signs to certain school districts. (Ie: to keep your son in kindergarten an additional year costs the district an additional year's worth of education. That's not your fault. If a five year old isn't meeting his IEP goals, thats the fault of educators. He should not be penalized! ). Again, I was lucky to have a great school district for both elementary school as well as when we moved for high school. Hang tough. Listen to your heart. You know what is right for your son!

2 years ago on 04/27/2017 at 11:28 AM

Sent a pm Traci NicMich I have some questions

2 years ago on 04/27/2017 at 11:35 AM

Please review the research on retention, it is overwhelmingly negative. The best thing to consider is what additional support they can give him in first grade, even if it means a self contained special education classroom. I am School Social Worker, please feel free to PM me if you have questions.

2 years ago on 04/27/2017 at 11:47 AM

Autumn Pesoli Babicz

2 years ago on 04/27/2017 at 12:04 PM

Laura Denver is a very good advocate.

2 years ago on 04/27/2017 at 12:49 PM

Denise Butzen

2 years ago on 04/27/2017 at 1:15 PM

Hi there! I'm Sharon:) Let's find a time to chat. Once I hear your concerns and ask a few questions, I will be able to guide next steps. You are more than welcome to set up a time for phone or meet in my office. I don't believe that retention is what you're looking for, but rather more specific, meaningful goals, accommodations, and services within the IEP to ensure that needs are met.

2 years ago on 04/27/2017 at 1:45 PM

Sent you pm Traci NicMich

2 years ago on 04/27/2017 at 2:22 PM

Kerri Tokarz

2 years ago on 04/27/2017 at 11:25 PM

I worked with Sharon . she's the best!

2 years ago on 04/28/2017 at 5:35 AM

Schools don't hold kids back now for not meeting goals. I am a sped teacher in Cps on the north side and many kinds don't meet goals. As long as there is growth then things are good. What should be done is a revised iep with goals that fit him better.

2 years ago on 04/28/2017 at 6:41 AM

Sharon Jacobellis Sending you a pm

2 years ago on 04/28/2017 at 10:29 AM

Julia Gulia used her I think