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Santa Cruz Special Education Law for Parents Blog

Who helps to create IEP plans?

Creating an Individualized Education Program (IEP) plan for a child is critical for students with special needs who depend on them. And considering how important they are, it makes sense that numerous parties will be involved in developing them.

This can come as a relief to parents who want to ensure all their child's needs are being met in the classroom because it means that there will be various perspectives involved in creating a comprehensive plan. In this post, we will look at the people who may attend IEP meetings and help in the creation of your child's plan.

Report: These are elements of positive special education programs

If your child has special needs in the classroom, then you likely go to great lengths to find academic options and programs that will not just meet your child needs, but also help him or her succeed.

This can be a difficult process, and parents often find quickly the solutions that do not work for their child, rather than the ones that are effective. However, a recent report could prove to be helpful to parents in this situation, as it reveals the philosophies and policies in California charter schools that serve as effective, positive ways to help students with disabilities.

What types of accommodations can help students with anxiety?

Many children are nervous to start the new school year. They might be worried the classes will be too hard or unsure of their new teachers, or they could be scared about meeting new people or getting lost. 

However, some children don't just have first-day jitters. They suffer from serious anxiety that doesn't go away once they settle into a new school year. For these children, accommodations in school can be necessary to help them succeed.

How to get your IEP ready for the upcoming school year

A new school year is just a matter of weeks away, and as a parent, you may already be thinking about what your child will need to start a new year off strong.

For instance, if your child has special needs, in the coming weeks you will want to review his or her Individualized Education Program, prepare for an annual review meeting and/or request reevaluation, if appropriate. 

California among states failing to meet IDEA requirements again

If your child has special needs and should receive tailored education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, you probably know that just because your child should receive educational opportunities doesn't mean he or she is receiving them.

Across California, schools are failing to provide specialized services to students with disabilities. And according to a recent assessment by the U.S. Department of Education, California is one of over two dozen states that have failed to meet IDEA requirements for at least two consecutive years.

What is a 504 plan? What should they include?

Every child learns differently. Children have different strengths and challenges; they thrive and struggle under different conditions; they have different approaches to learning. As such, while traditional educational styles and settings can work for some students, they may not work for children with a learning disability.

If your child is one of millions of students who have a learning or attention issue, then you may want to explore the options for a formal educational plan to help them succeed. For many kids, this means having a 504 plan.

Filling the gaps for special education students

Every parent wants their child to succeed when it comes to education. We want them to feel excited, passionate and supported when they go to school. However, countless students don't feel this way because they don't get the things they need in class.

This disparity can stem from lacking resources and assistance on a school or district's end. In these situations, it can be up to parents to fill in the gaps that stand between students and success. This is especially true for parents of children with special needs.

Tips for minimizing summer learning losses

Parents and children often see summer as a much-needed break from the stress and structure of the school year. However, while summer break can certainly be beneficial for students all across Santa Cruz, studies show there could be a troubling loss of knowledge during the summer. 

This is especially problematic for students who already struggle to keep up with other students due to special needs and educational disabilities, as well as students who do not have the resources or ability to participate in summer programs like camps. 

Apps to help parents, educators improve IEPs

Parents typically know what is best for their children, especially when they are young. However, there are occasions when parents need the help of others to address complicated issues.

Special education is one area where parents can benefit from the help and guidance of educational and legal professionals who are familiar with the process as well as the capabilities of tools like Individualized Education Programs. 

Confronting the issue of bullying and children with special needs

Bullying is a pervasive problem in schools across the country, and sadly students with disabilities or special needs are not immune to the issue. In fact, studies suggest that students with disabilities are at an increased risk of being bullied, while some are bullies themselves.

As a parent, it can be very difficult to know what to do when your child is not just dealing with disabilities but also bullying. But there are steps you can take to help.

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