ADHD student IEP goals not helpful Missouri

Student with IEP goals of “turning in work on time” and reduced need for “redirection” has had same goals for years.  The goals have no indication of the baseline for the student, nor what specifics will make his success happen.rsz_parapro2-199x300

The IEP lists some accommodations but lacks the modifications necessary to help this student progress.  Student hates school and often “tunes out”.  Many school districts do not offer extra adult help in classrooms; many paraprofessionals were eliminated a couple of years ago.  Parents can request that paraprofessionals be available and specifically assigned to the student for a certain number of minutes per week.

Public school staff often don’t understand the importance of proactively implementing modifications.  Many students with ADD or ADHD need recesses and time for extra movement; or to do their desk work while standing.  Advocates at™ help parents solve IEP problems by providing information so they can advocate for the child with special needs. Schools often don’t put plans into place legitimately unless a parent pursues action.  Educational “systems” move slowly.  It’s what a parent doesn’t know that can deprive children of needed services.

Don’t be bamboozled!  Waiting and hoping for problems to go away allows our children to regress.  Hoping the problem will go away will only delay getting the problem addressed.  Waiting too long to address concerns eliminates opportunities for correction.

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Choosing a school advocate or child advocate in Missouri

Parents continue to “hope” that things will work out in multiple IEP meetings when they attend alone, yet  years pass.  Parents often get stuck when they don’t have the information necessary to work the “system”.  Usually the parent doesn’t know how to address a hidden agenda.  The child gets left behind.

rsz_meeting7Taking an advocate to an IEP meeting is often helpful. But which advocate?

First, a parent must understand an advocate is different from case managers, mentors and “parent trainers” who have expertise in their respective areas but usually do not exclusively work in the special education  arena.  This can be compared to taking a dentist with you for support when you are having open heart surgery.  They might go to a meeting for free; but remember the saying “you get what you pay for”.  Pitfalls exist often these folks aren’t aware.  Many of them help the school along.  They may leave the IEP believing changes were made for the better; yet that day’s battle was won but the war was lost.

Second, other folks represent themselves as an “advocate” yet lack experience.  Real experience by an accomplished advocate is essential for the parent who needs information about complex situations.  Also, membership in national professional advocate associations is an indicator the person has more background and keeps current.

The writer of this blog also has a teaching certificate, taught in both public and private schools,  and testified to the legislature about the need for change in the special ed system in Missouri, and a parent of adult child with developmental disabilities.

Ask your advocate the extent of their commitment to systemic change in our state. She keeps current in cutting-edge parent strategies and is a member of a national organization since 1999.  Experienced in a law firm representing parents, she understands the need for “thinking ahead”.  Check out our website for more information about this advocate.

Using a professional independent advocate can provide the information that allows a parent to cut through the confusion presented by the IEP team and spare months of frustration and absences from employment.  IEP teams are often ignorant about the possibilities for a student.  Delay can be problematic.  In Missouri call 816 865 6262.

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8 year-old IEP student: police called to school

Student with IEP who has well-known behavior concerns as documented in the special education paperwork at the school experienced the public school calling the city police to deal with his behaviors.  Behavior experts were not called upon by the school to determine or implement a revised behavior management plan.  The student’s disability is his behaviors which manifest  routinely.

I wonder what this student’s wrap sheet looks like.NICHCYphotoWorried

Seems the educators overlooked in-house approaches to helping this student.

Parents need to be aware of the need to engage school district personnel in advance of a student’s meltdown at the school.  The school can utilize behavior specialists to tailor a program specific to the child so it would be less likely that law enforcement would be called.  Often districts don’t utilize specialists in the community who are behavior specialist.  However, schools are becoming more aware of the advantages of using them.

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