So, what is an IEP?
When you have a child who needs special educational accommodations and approaches, you often trust that the school has the resources in place to create a plan that will accurately evaluate your child and will give him (or her) the tools to develop necessary skills. Though that is likely the intention, the results of their efforts might not always match up.
There are many things one would hope schools would be vigilant about when it comes to what activities they have their students with special needs do as part of their education experience. One is ensuring that the activities they have each of their special education students do are well-suited to the particular student’s educational needs. Another is making sure the activities don’t stigmatize special needs students.
As graduation season passes, you may worry about the transition when your child has a disability. When will your child graduate? Is college an option? Will your child be able to hold a job and live independently?
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.
Being the parent of a special needs little one - be it from a learning disability, physical challenge, behavioral condition or other disorder - can be a challenge in and of itself. You must often find new and creative ways to perform routine tasks like going to the store or getting ready for school in order to accommodate your child's needs. Where school is concerned, you oftentimes must work with special education staff to develop an Individualized Education Program (IEP) to best help your child learn given his or her specific roadblocks.
In the Oakland School District almost half of the teacher vacancies in February were for special education teachers. While there may not be the same number of vacancies in Santa Cruz, it does raise an important issue.