For some children with disabilities, service animals play an incredibly significant role in their life. Such animals can be of great help for such children when it comes to a range of everyday tasks.
Diagnosed cases of school-aged children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have increased dramatically in the last decade. In 2003, the diagnosed rate was 7.8%. By 2011 it was 11%, an increase of 42%. In all, over 6.4 million children have received a health care provider diagnosis of ADHD since 2011.
We've been discussing the importance of properly assessing your child's progress toward meeting their IEP goals for a few posts now, and today we will talk about the importance of a key component of any successful IEP: appropriate and measurable goals (formerly known as "benchmarks").
Our last post focused on the first factor in determining whether your child is adequately making progress against the goals set forth in his or her IEP: having a comprehensive evaluation performed. This post will address additional factors and criteria used to ensure that your child's IEP is both an accurate representation of his or her actual abilities and challenges, and that it is appropriately being used as a benchmark to guide your child's development.