Juvenile Justice Reform Bill

 by Frank Yee In the second week of July, the Massachusetts’ Senate passed a bill that could have a dramatic impact on the lives of juveniles entangled in the criminal juvenile justice system. First of all, the bill would create a parent/child privilege. At present, anything a child divulges to his/her parent about a criminal matter

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You decide you want your child tested independently…by a doctor you’ve selected. What are your next steps in obtaining an “independent education evaluation?”

 Frank Yee Independent Education Evaluations (“IEE”) So, you’ve learned that your child has a learning disability, for example, dyslexia. You go out and read Sally Shaywitz’s book, Overcoming Dyslexia, and you see the following reading tests should be utilized to assess children suspected of having dyslexia: The Woodcock-Johnson III The Woodcock Reading Mastery Test, Revised/Normative Update

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Don’t think you have dyslexia? Poor reader? Atrocious Speller? Difficulty retrieving words? Ever struggle with word pronunciation?

 by Frank Yee Is your son or daughter an atrocious speller? Did the birthday card you received from your young niece contain a handwritten note that was barely legible because of the erratic letter formation, letter reversals, and letter and/or word spacing problems?  Have you ever said to someone, “Hand me the …uh…uh..uh”_____ (insert word you

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What to do when a school asks for your consent to evaluate.

 by Frank Yee You call your son’s school, tell the nice lady in the special education department that you suspect he has a learning disability and you want him evaluated. After a brief discussion about your concerns, you are told that you must provide the school with written consent before testing can commence. Not to worry,

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The climate is changing for juveniles charged with a crime…

 by Frank Yee While adults have long known that children demonstrate a lack of maturity and underdeveloped sense of responsibility, leading to recklessness, impulsivity and heedless risk-taking, there is now scientific evidence that is recognized and accepted as true by the courts of this country:  “Our decisions rest[] not only on common sense – on what ‘any parent

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Did You Know?

by Frank Yee If your child has been charged with a crime, be certain that his or her criminal defense lawyer knows the following facts: During adolescence, the brain begins its final stages of maturation and continues to rapidly develop well into a person’s early 20s, concluding around age 25. The prefrontal cortex, which governs “executive

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