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.
Individualized Education Programs are crucial to ensuring students with special needs receive the accommodations and support they need in the academic environment. In most cases, an IEP focuses on the protections for students inside the classroom. However, they can also address a student's needs while going to and from school.
The threat of school disciplinary measures affects every student differently. Some are willing to do whatever they can do avoid penalties like suspension while others may not see such actions as that problematic. However, it is crucial for parents and other adults to ensure that whatever discipline occurs at a school is both lawful and fair.
Approaches to education are constantly changing, whether the changes stem from political shifts, financial strain or the availability of new research. And it seems that every school year, there are new things for parents to understand about their child's education.
If your child has special education needs, he or she likely has an individualized education program. The purpose of this program is to identify the resources and tools a student needs in the academic setting and then establish them in a comprehensive plan.
Children with special needs can often remain in mainstream classes and learn alongside other students, as long as they have some accommodations to help them.
Special education students in California have the right to receive educational services and resources when their school receives federal funding for such programs. Unfortunately, too many students do not receive what has been promised.
If you have a child who requires special education services, then you will likely be meeting with school teachers and administrators on a regular basis. These meetings ensure your child is receiving the support he or she needs and they keep everyone on the same page.
Students skipping school is an unfortunate -- but very old -- problem for families and schools across California. For some kids, skipping class is an act of rebellion; for others it's an indication of boredom; others skip because they are not prepared.
Achieving goals is critical for any child, whether they excel at school or need some extra help. Effective goal-setting along with adequate support from teachers and other educational workers can help a child find success, so it is important for parents to play an active role in helping set goals for their child.