IEP Teachers don’t know student needs’

High school student who has attended for years in the district started the fall at a new building where hundreds of students attend. The student is complex and has special needs’. Student was doing well academically previous year but now has some failing grades and hates school.the-iep-center The assertive parent requested an IEP meeting where the parent learned that the teachers’ didn’t understand the child’s disability and expected the student to fit their mold.  One teacher thought the student was “lazy”. One of these teacher’s even needed “more time” to get to know the student!

These same teachers devised a “new” plan to attempt to make it work again in their building; however, it’s doubtful the student will entertain the thought. Parents in Missouri who need help dealing with the public school for their child with an IEP can consult with a professional special education advocate at The IEP Center.   Advocates also help parents when the parent wants an advocate to go to a meeting at the school with them!  Never go alone.

Parents often need to be proactive to make sure the public school system isn’t failing their child or missing out on needed services even when the school “doesn’t offer that”.  Passing grades doesn’t necessarily mean your child is learning.rsz_diversityboyinclasslookingatbook Failing grades doesn’t always mean the child’s program is appropriate. Delays in addressing school problems may make the situation worse; the system moves “slowly”.

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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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Missouri school advocate: LD student needs doctor tests first?

Many parents over the years have told me the school instructed them to get testing at the doctor’s offices before the public school would help the child.  Some of these parents are put onto a waiting list at the doctor’s office while the child falls further and further behind.   Schools have a duty to seek out children who may be eligible for special education services, regardless if an outside doctor is involved.  Schools and parents are supposed to contribute input to an “assessment” process, indicating areas of “suspected disability”.Image
Parents need to be proactive in pursuit of getting help for the child who struggles in public school.  If your attempts are getting you nowhere with the school, advocates at are available.

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