In This Issue
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Tuesday, September 29th, 2015 

 invites you to

Know Your Rights & How to Protect Your Child

followed by

 The Prosecution of Jerry Sandusky

Presentations by Heather Hulse, JD, MS, MA & Joseph McGettigan, Esq. of McAndrews Law Offices, P.C.  
7:00pm - Kings College, Wilkes-Barre, PA

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC)'s Fall Keystone Symposium on Child Abuse

Joseph McGettigan, Esq. of McAndrews Law Offices will be a keynote speaker at this fall symposium. The symposium will emphasize recognizing child abuse, as well as the processes that come before, during and after a report is made. The event is sponsored by TCMC, Children's Advocacy Center, Lackawanna County Bar Association, Lackawanna County Medical Society, Luzerne County Bar Association, and Luzerne County Medical Society.

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

Child Guidance Resource Center's 

Saturday, October 3, 2015 from  11 AM - 4 PM  at   Fellowship Farm 

Friday, October 9th, 2015

PBIDA's 37th Conference on Literacy & Learning Disabilities

Heidi Konkler-Goldsmith, Esq. of McAndrews Law Offices will be speaking on a practical overview of special education at the Pennsylvania Branch of the International Dyslexia Association's annual conference.  
Delaware Valley Friends School
8:00am - 3:15pm
Saturday, October 17th, 2015

Devereux's 4th Annual Family Resilience Conference:
On the Road to Resilience: Mapping Your Family's Journey

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
8:30am - 4:00pm

"I highly recommend Michael Connolly! He is an excellent attorney and a great person who represents clients who often cannot speak for themselves. We would use his services again if the need ever arises." 

 "Both of my cases resulted in very good outcomes and that is because of Jen Bradley and Michele Ford's compassion. These cases were handled in professional and prompt manners as they always answered all of my questions. Most importantly and best of all, they ensured me that my child should get the proper attention that they deserved from the school in order to be successful. I have McAndrews Law Offices on speed dial if I need anything because they have always been there for us. Thank you!" 

"Lauren O'Connell was great in assisting and explaining to me about my son's special educational rights. She was always available to answer my questions via phone and email. I am truly grateful for all that McAndrews Law Offices has done for my family!"

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NORTHEASTERN, PA 2015 : McAndrews Law Offices, P.C. is eager to announce that they have successfully secured another win before a Special Education Hearing Officer in Northeastern, Pennsylvania. Heather Hulse, J.D., M.S., M.A., a shareholder at the firm and the operator of their Scranton, Pa office, has over fifteen years of experience in the field of special education and represented the family in this recent case.
The final decision by the Hearing Officer involved awarding full days of compensatory education to a student diagnosed with high functioning autism who was unable to attend school due to his significant anxiety. While the School District argued it could not be responsible for failing to provide services to the student because the student failed to attend school to receive services, the Hearing Officer found "the District had an obligation to effectively address that issue." 
As one of the final conclusions, the Hearing Officer stated that the District's development of an incentive plan failed to address the student's underlying anxiety that prevented his school attendance.  Specifically, the Hearing Officer found that "an incentive plan to increase school attendance would be no more likely to succeed than an incentive plan to encourage an orthopedically impaired child to climb the steps to a school building-other supports must be put in place to overcome the involuntary effects of a disability."

Children who have Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) often exhibit many similar characteristics and behaviors.  Such behaviors include inattention and distractibility.  While it is true that often the two disorders do coexist, sometimes they do not.  Furthermore, the treatment recommendation for each disorder can be quite different.  Therefore, it is critical for school districts to carefully evaluate students suspected of having one or both of these disorders in order to provide an appropriate program and placement for their students.
Click here to read the full article
When it comes to obtaining an evaluation of your child in order to guide the development of appropriate educational programming, it can be confusing for parents to determine what kind of evaluation they need.  Psychological?  Psychoeducational?  Neuropsychological?  They may sound similar, but there are important differences between each of these evaluations.

Click here to read the full article and the differences between these types of evaluations

by Heidi Konkler- Goldsmith, Esq.
by Heather Hulse, JD, MS, MA
by Michael Connolly, Esq.

by Jacqueline Lembeck, Esq.

by Tanya Alvarado, Esq.

by Jacqueline Lembeck, Esq.

Spanish Articles

by Tanya Alvarado, Esq.

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From everyone here at McAndrews Law Offices, P.C., we wish you a safe and happy end of summer!


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