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 TheIEPCenter.com™ 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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Parent suspicious of IEP student bruises, scrapes

Student who regularly exhibits inappropriate behaviors at the public school comes home unusual scrapes on his body. Parent is suspicious.  What to do? the-iep-center

In my experience, contacting the school personnel would be at the bottom of the list.  First, take pictures. Second, go to a medical professional and have them take pictures.  The medical professional may make a report to the state’s children’s agency.  Parent’s can also make reports to the state children’s protective agency (do a search for “child abuse hotline” .  If warranted, contact law enforcement.  Sometimes local police departments don’t view the situation seriously so consider county law enforcement.

Not sure?  Missouri’s School Violence Hotline (1-866-748-7047)can document your call but that’s usually the extent of their effectiveness; at least the parent made a report.

Taking steps to prevent future harm to your child is key.  Many times schools have not implemented professionally-developed behavior plans for our kids who have significant behaviors. NICHCYphotoWorried

Don’t be bamboozled!   Parents who are serious about their child’s schooling and tired of being bamboozled use advocates at The IEP Center. We go with parents to IEP meetings.

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Suspension of IEP student; school advocate sees in spring

Over the years I’ve noticed  IEP students with behaviors being suspended more frequently at the month or so before the end of the school year. the-iep-center

A few years back our U.S. Congress gave school districts the ability to suspend students with IEPs up to ten school days during a school year.

In the spring, patience can wear thin and school staffer’s might suspend a student who has not yet been suspended ten days that school term.  So why not find a reason to suspend the student?  These school staffers may have no idea that a multi-day suspension might be the breaking point for a family? a marriage? income? NICHCYcongress2

Parent’s can be proactive to puruse an appropriate behavior plan exists within the IEP for a student.

Don’t be bamboozled!   Parents who are serious about their child’s schooling and tired of being bamboozled use advocates at The IEP Center.

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Kids who struggle at public school might need IEP’s?

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:

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http://mcds.dese.mo.gov/quickfacts/SitePages/DistrictInfo.aspx

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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