Girl struggled continuously in first grade with reading and math; teacher told mom the student may outgrow the struggles. Mom asked the school how the school might help. Girl is now in third grade and cries at school during math. The parent spends long evenings doing homework with girl beyond what is reasonable for a third grade student. After several inquiries by parent, the public school teacher tells the parent it’s now time to test her but teacher doesn’t think she’ll be eligible for special education.
I get calls like this all too often! Parents aren’t aware how to get the “system” to help their child, and the school isn’t telling the parent!
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Now is the time to organize data for the upcoming spring IEP meeting(s). It may take a few weeks to accomplish these things, so start now!
Some things to consider:
- gather and organize the work your student has brought home
- ask the student about the work you’ve seen
- if the work isn’t coming home, e-mail the teacher and ask the teacher about the whereabouts of the work samples and that it be gathered for you to look at and set a time to do so
- If your child receives PT, OT, speech or other services from the school, as that therapist for a time that you can go to the school to look at the data. While there, ask for copies.
- Compare this year’s data with last year’s data.
- A parent can ask outside experts for opinions about the progress (or lack). Invite that expert to the upcoming IEP meeting, or get the experts written recommendations.
There are many more things parents need to know to pursue in that “annual” IEP meeting so that your child won’t miss out on services.
If you’d like to consult with a professional advocate who supports parents who has a child that struggles in dealing with the public schools, contact an advocate at The IEP Center by completing the form below:
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A family moved to the midwest from another state where the parent was told her child could not get tested until third grade for learning disabilities. The mother asked for help for her child in first grade. After moving to the midwest, the public school district personnel told the mother that she could not get an IEP for dyslexia, and, that the mother would have to go get the child tested somewhere by a medical person. The mother was in the pipeline for medical testing at a major hospital for most of a school year. Meanwhile the child struggles and gets further behind.
This agreeable parent was just too nice! And what did niceness accomplish?
Unfortunately too many time this advocate is the bearer of bad news…I told the parent she had been bamboozled or either terribly misinformed.
Don’t let your child go without the extra supports he should be getting (if found eligible); use an experienced advocate from theiepcenter.com to get the information a parent needs for their child who might have special needs.
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Some school districts have students who have disabilities yet these students are unidentified by the school as having a disability.The state of Missouri has data on the number of how many students who have been identified as having a disability in each school district. The national average is about 13% of all public school students have a disability significant to the point that they can be identified as eligible for special education services. School systems are slow to get these set up for our children who need it. Delay by a parent to pursue this works against the child.
Check at this link for the Missouri data on your school district:
If you haven’t been able to have the district test your student for eligibility for the individualized instruction that an IEP is suppose to provide, contact an advocate at TheIEPCenter.com
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