Preparing for your child's IEP can be a stressful and anxiety creating experience, with this in mind we have a prepared a brief checklist of things to keep in mind during this process:
A child's unique needs can manifest themselves in multiple different varieties. One specific child may have difficulty maintaining attention while in class, which can subsequently affect his/her academic progress, and create a need for special education services. Another child may have difficulty with auditory processing, which may be affecting his/her ability to understand teacher instruction or directives, and subsequently create a need for special education support. Another child may have difficulty interacting with peers, or be exhibiting signs of depression in school, which can subsequently affect his/her ability to progress with regard to their social emotional present level of performance, and also create a need for special education services.
Following an IEP meeting members of the IEP team will generally ask a parent to consent to the IEP in its entirety. Oftentimes, parents will feel pressured to sign the IEP immediately or risk alienating members of the IEP team. A good option that parents in this situation have is to simply state that they would like to take time to review the written IEP document as a whole, to ensure that they do not have any additional questions or concerns. The IEP document is what governs your child's educational plan, and simply requesting additional time to review the document in its entirety is a complete reasonable request.
Previously on this blog we have warned parents of children with special needs of the importance of exploring the appropriateness of any charter school prior to enrolling their child within that educational environment. While a charter school may end up being a great environment for one child, it may not be appropriate for another child's unique needs. The best advice would be to bring your child's IEP to the prospective charter school prior to enrollment, so as to ensure that your child's placement and program can be appropriately provided for within this environment.
There is no denying the sharp increase in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) diagnosis over the past few decades. Parents, teachers, and other professionals often argue over issues like drug treatment and proper special education services.
Katy Perry is best known for her catchy pop songs about California girls, teenage dreams, and wild Friday nights. But in 2012, Perry brought the importance of music and autism to light when she performed "Firework" with Jodi DiPiazza, an 11 year fan with autism. Watch the video at Comedy Central's website here.
Navigating through the maze of special education programs can be overwhelming. Understanding more about the laws and the process as a whole can better prepare you to discuss your child's needs with the school. Here is a starting point in your journey to learn as much about your child's rights as possible.
Millions of children qualify for special education services each year based upon specific disabilities. Severe language disabilities may prevent a child from speaking in class and participating in activities. Muscle weaknesses may hinder writing abilities, which affect the Student's writing assignments and homework. However, in some cases, the negative impact of your child's disability may not be as obvious.
Your child currently has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). How do you know if his or her new goals are appropriate? The first step is to look at his or her present levels of performance. This gives you his or her baseline to create new goals.
Your child has not shown progress through his or her current Individualized Education Plan (IEP) placement. Is he or she ready for a nonpublic school placement?