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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Principal not responsive to IEP concern

Parent shared with me that a teacher continued to not provide accommodations for a student after the issue was discussed in an IEP meeting. Weeks later accommodations were again not provided so the parent met with the principal, in the principal’s office, to seek resolution.  The principal supported the teacher’s position.  The parent later met with the Superintendent to address the same issue, who also supported the principal and teacher’s position.  Image

The parent went home and typed letters to the school board members of that school district.  A couple weeks later a letter arrived from a school board member indicating better communication was needed with the parent.

This scenario is repeated by many parents all over the country. Parents are kept in a loop where no resolution is offered.  Parents are not informed by the school of possible methods of recourse offered by state or federal agencies.

Often staffers in a school building are not knowledgeable about how their actions are not compliant with state/federal regulations.  They have always done things “this way” and assumed it was legitimate. Sometimes the environment at the school is undermining the learning of the child with special needs’, yet deemed typical by the staff. This practice in such environment may not be in compliance but they continue to perform in this manner until someone puts a stop to it by triggering a form of complaint.

Advocates at The IEP Center share information with parents who are struggling with the public school who have a child with difficulties.

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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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Special Education Parent’s Advocacy Link LLC dba The IEP Center™ are not attorneys and do not give legal advice.  We do not represent parents or children.  We are not licensed to practice law in any state. Consult an attorney.  Nothing in this blog is to be considered legal advice. Special Education Parent’s Advocacy Link LLC advocates have special knowledge related to the problems of children with disabilities.