Category Archives: Occasional Rants

Social-Pathologist-Behavior-Worker-Therapist-Type Person

Published on October 10, 2011 by Jennifer Laviano

True confession:  when I was in junior high and high school I LOVED General Hospital.  I admit it.  I loved it even though I knew it was ludicrous.  It's an embarrassing but true part of my past. One of the things that I realized about the show as I got older was just how silly […]

Weather or Naught

Published on May 23, 2011 by Jennifer Laviano

  Okay…I know it’s that time of year again.  IEP Season.  From now through the end of June, I will be in numerous IEP meetings per week, sometimes a few a day.  It’s enough to make a woman cranky. This isn’t the first year I’ve written about the nauseating experience of hearing the same ridiculous comments […]

Cherry Picking IEP Members

Published on March 15, 2011 by Jennifer Laviano

Despite nearly 15 years practicing special education law in Connecticut, there are still some old tricks which school districts employ which astound me.  Not that I am surprised that they continue to do it, but rather, that they think I won’t notice after all of this time. One of the oldest tactics is when special […]

Phoebe Prince, Bullying, Disabilities, and the Eggshell Skull

Published on August 10, 2010 by Jennifer Laviano

There is a theory in the law known as the “eggshell skull principle”, which, in essence, means that a person who commits a wrongful act takes their victim as they find them.  For example, Person A hits Person  B over the head with a baseball bat.  Of course it's an assault, but you'd also assume […]

First They Ignore You…

Published on April 17, 2010 by Jennifer Laviano

One of the most frustrating aspects of my job as a parents’ side special education attorney is trying to help my clients regain trust in the system.  Sometimes, this is nearly impossible. As I’ve said before, by the time a parent of a child with special education needs has made the difficult decision to hire […]

Paging Dr. Freud

Published on February 15, 2010 by Jennifer Laviano

adobe software Dreamweaver CC to buy I guess I was due for a rant. First, I get a vile comment on the blog that likened Asperger’s Disorder to a fad, and further blamed a number of disabilities on poor parenting.  Thankfully, you, my loyal readers, jumped on board and shamed this yahoo with your reasoned […]

Side Effects May Include Dry-Mouth

Published on December 27, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

AutoCAD LT 2012 Discount Am I the only one who yearns for the days before drug companies had ads on television?  Remember, back when, if your doctor thought you needed a medication, she would prescribe it?  Today, you are practically begged to self-diagnose, and only then ask your doctor “if it’s right for you.”  Serious […]

Knock It Off!

Published on December 3, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

I’ve previously discussed ways in which school districts can try to drive a wedge between teenagers and their parents in a manner which benefits the school.  But I have been seeing so much more of this lately, and in much worse ways, that I felt the issue needed revisiting.  Just in the last few months, […]

A Day Late and A Dollar Short

Published on October 20, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

When lawyers get involved, very often experts are retained.  I get it.  Really, I do.  But nothing makes me quite as angry as when a school district brings in an outside expert for the purpose of preparing their legal case, when for years the parents have been refused that very expertise by the same people! […]

Sour Grapes

Published on October 15, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

Purchase Office 2010 Key Hey, nobody likes having to admit they were wrong.  I don’t like it, and I’m sure you don’t either.  But it never ceases to amaze me how much time and money is spent litigating special education matters, simply because somebody is unwilling to acknowledge that they made a mistake. As a […]