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.
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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The IEP “team” tells a parent that a “temporary” change of placement is homebound with no services for a month. The parent is told this “temporary” situation is so that everyone can regroup and the student can be allowed time to calm down. Student had exhibited some inappropriate behaviors at school for several months. Parent is presented with paperwork to sign. After all, the parent had been reported for the student’s truancy the year before when the student was aggressive at school and the parent was concerned the school would hotline her again if she didn’t sign the paperwork that the school is now insisting on.
A “change of placement” typically is not a temporary scenario. In this instance, school staffers were tired of dealing with the student’s behaviors and didn’t utilize available outside resources to rectify the situation. Sending the student to “homebound” was a quick and easy approach to eliminate the problem. After all, the parent doesn’t know any better!
The parent is concerned that she would lose employment during the one-month homebound scenario. Decisions made by schools impact more than just one student. Sometimes the tipping point to meltdown for a family is just moments away.
Some public schools continue to bamboozle parents because they can and will continue until that one parent takes a stand for their child.
Advocates at The IEP Center provide information to parents so the parent can advocate effectively for their child. Time is precious for our children.