FAQs

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General Questions

What does Expatiate do?

Expatiate Communications was launched in 2013 with one goal, redefining the way special education program is designed and delivered. By leveraging data, technology and innovation, we are pioneering the field of SPED with focus on improving student outcomes and providing equitable access to all students. We provide a complete Special Education program for LEAs (Local Education Agencies) & options for families as well.

 

Learn more about our mission and values here.

Is Expatiate a school?

Expatiate  is not an academic institution and is not affiliated with any academic institution. However our staff are experts in special education having spent years in the field.

My child is not progressing at school.  Can you help?

Sure! We would be happy to help. Please refer to our Special Education plans to select which plan would best meet your needs. Complete our intake form to set up a meeting to discuss your needs and concerns and we will advise based on services needed.

My child is being bullied and does not want to go to school. What can Expatiate do?

If the child is being bullied, the parent should contact the Child’s teacher and school to request a meeting to discuss parent concerns and resolutions. We are not affiliated with any school districts or charter schools. If the student has an IEP, the parent can utilize Expatiate Communications services to assist in the IEP progress or provide counsel during the IEP meeting.

I want to change schools for my special needs child. Can you tell me about a new school?

We are not affiliated with any school districts or charter schools. Please contact us for further information.

IEPs

What is an Individualized Education Plan (IEP)?

An IEP gives a child with a learning disability the tools they need to succeed at school. The plan is different for every child and may include one-on-one classroom aides, individualized tutoring or counseling sessions, speech services, occupational therapy, special classroom materials, or a modified schedule or curriculum.

I have no confidence in my child’s IEP. How can Expatiate help?

We offer three plans to support parents with IEPs:

  • The Basic SPED package provides IEP reviews and evaluation, with next steps for classroom progress. 

  • The SPED Performance package includes monthly consultations with a special education specialist, IEP development assistance,  offer of FAPE, therapy services, goals and benchmark tracking, assistive technology/ AAC determination, classroom accommodations and/or modifications and assigned Special Education Administrator.

  • The SPED Achievement, which is our elite package. Although this package has great benefits for students who may be below grade level standards, this package includes many services that are beneficial to all Special education students and programs. 

    • This package includes up to three IEP services (provided virtually), Iep goals and benchmark writing , manifestation determination/ eligibility of services, Discipline and Expulsion Support, Quarterly IEP Monitoring, Curriculum and State Testing Assistance, Formal Assessments in all areas of disability, Behavior Support Planning, IEP Meeting Support, Career and Technical Education Supports, Transition Planning and Much More.

How do I determine if my child qualifies for an Individualized Education Plan (IEP)?

  1. The school /SPED team must receive a written request from parents requesting their child be assessed Students for special education services. 

  2. If there are concerns based on student academic performance, an educator can submit information regarding the academic concerns to the schools Student Success Team (SST) to discuss possible plans or RTI programs to support the student’s needs. 

  3. Once the student participants in an RTI program and growth in concerned areas has not been obtained, the team will consult with the parents or guardian of the students to gain permission to assess the student for special education services. 

  4. An assessment plan (form) is required to be presented and signed by the parent or guardian in order to assess the student. (You can not proceed without this completed form)***

  5. The student will then undergo a series of assessments based on areas of concern.

  6. The SPED Team will have 60 days to assess the student based on the concerns presented.

  7. Once the assessments are complete, the SPED Team will have 30 days to conduct an official IEP meeting to discuss the assessment findings and eligibility of services.

Plan Options

What’s the difference between the free plan option and paid plans?

  1. The Basic SPED package provides IEP reviews and evaluation, with next steps for classroom progress. 
     

  2. The SPED Performance package includes monthly consultations with a special education specialist, IEP development assistance,  offer of FAPE, therapy services, goals and benchmark tracking, assistive technology/ AAC determination, classroom accommodations and/or modifications and assigned Special Education Administrator.
     

  3. The SPED Achievement, which is our elite package. Although this package has great benefits for students who may be below grade level standards, this package includes many services that are beneficial to all Special education students and programs. 

    • This package includes up to three IEP services (provided virtually), IEP goals and benchmark writing, manifestation determination/ eligibility of services, Discipline and Expulsion Support, Quarterly IEP Monitoring, Curriculum and State Testing Assistance, Formal Assessments in all areas of disability, Behavior Support Planning, IEP Meeting Support, Career and Technical Education Support, Transition Planning and Much More.

What type of payment options are available?

Payments can be made online through the website. Acceptable forms of payments include Paypal or a debit/credit card. Based on the subscription chosen, the monthly fee will be debited from your choice of payment on the same date each month. At this time, we are not offering split payment options.

iTAAP Tool

Do I need to pay to see basic information about my child and their school’s performance projections?

No payment is not necessary to review the school’s performance projections. We can see how a student is similar to your child performance projection without payment. However, a payment is necessary to review your child’s actual student data.

Can I see performance projections at any time throughout the year?

Yes, the data is being provided in real time. Access to performance projections can be obtained at any time.

What categories are available to see projections for?

The key categories you can monitor for your child and their school throughout the school year are: Absence Rate, Suspension Rate, English as a Second Language, Graduation Rate, Academic Performance (English Language Arts and Math) and College/Career Readiness.

Learn more about iTAAP when you subscribe for more information.

Legal Concerns

Does Expatiate provide a special education attorney?

No, Expatiate Communications does not provide attorney services.  As a management consulting firm specialized in special education, we are not an advocacy group or law firm. We promise to do more than simply provide you with information leaving you to do the hard work. We will do the work for you. Unlike a school district, we not only provide IEP services, but overall educational achievement as well.

Learn more about our available services here.

Resources

What resources are available to help understand what is provided to me as a parent?

There are resources for parents within the parent portal to assist with understanding Special education terms and data. Clients will also have access to consultations and recurring meetings with service providers or Special Education Administrators.

What resources are available to help understand what is provided to me as a educational institution?

Resources available for schools include: just-in-time services, social emotional learning, special education training services, a predictive data analytics tool and more!

See our available program resources for educational agencies here and training specific resources here.

What resources are available for me based on my child’s education status?

Resources available for parental use include: IEP services, supplementary services & aids and transition services for special education students, and a predictive data analytics tool for all students.

See our available resources for parents here.

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