Winter 2002 (V. 2, N. 1)
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Theme: Expert Witnesses, Part 1
issue of The Beacon includes articles by attorneys, an advocate,
and a psychologist. You will learn about experts, evaluators, and evaluation
teams, psycho-educational reports, and how experts can be used to design
and monitor appropriate special education programs.
is an expert? Why should parents use experts? How should parents choose
experts? What are the key differences between educational benefit and
therapeutic benefit? Between "appropriate" and "best"?
Psychologists who testify at due process
hearings are in a unique position to provide hearing officers with information
about appropriate programs and placements. In Preparation
of the Psycho-educational Report, psychologist
Margeret Kay describes best-practice
guidelines for writing psychoeducational evaluation reports.
In Factors to Consider When Selecting an Evaluator, attorney Rosemary Palmer describes the comprehensive evaluation, advantages of multi-disciplinary evaluation teams, and the roles of members on the team. She explains why schools and private sector providers need a system to document services. Read article
What do you know about snowing juries and saxaphone concerts? For a different perspective on expert witnesses, read Observations from the Transom by Brice Palmer, our inimitable managing editor.
From the Editor
issues of The Beacon will focus on damages, class action litigation,
and revisiting FAPE. We welcome articles by new contributors. If you
have an idea or wish to contribute an article, please review our submissions
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