If you feel like there are ongoing problems at school that need to be addressed, let me encourage you to address those issues with the school before the holiday break. If things aren’t right at school, or if your child isn’t being adequately supported, you should ask for an Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting before the break so that these concerns can be addressed.
Articles written by: Erin Richardson
I adhere to the belief that a parent can’t be an equal member in the planning process of an IEP without the ability and opportunity to visit their child’s classroom (or proposed classroom) to see the environment and how their child is functioning in that setting.
Advocating for your own kid is hard. Although I spend most days advocating for other kids with disabilities, I’ve been forced to spend a great deal of time lately fighting for my own child. It is hard – much harder than working on behalf of other kids. Advocating for our children’s’ educational rights is one of the things that makes our job as parents of kids with disabilities so challenging.
As a special education advocate, much – if not most — of my work is on behalf of individual students with disabilities and their families. But when I’m not working with a particular student, I often am engaged in advocacy efforts at the system level.
Preparation and persistence remain the keys to IEP success for parents. A prepared parent will arrive at IEP meetings with a clear set of objectives. They will know what their child’s strengths and weaknesses are, and they will be prepared to make the case for why specific supports and services are appropriate for their child.
If a student is engaging in disruptive or aggressive behaviors, he or she cannot attend to the educational setting, and thus, cannot learn from that environment. All students can exhibit these kinds of behaviors, but where they affect students with disabilities, the law says that the student’s team should address those behaviors through the implementation of appropriate strategies and methodologies.
Students with special educational needs often require a team of support including parents, teachers, administrators and therapists for smooth transitions throughout grade levels.