Heading back to school can be difficult for even the most organized families. However, families in Los Angeles County who have Special Needs children may find that the potential for problems is magnified this time of the year. Special Needs students often struggle with anxiety depending on what type of physical or mental problems they deal with daily. They may feel threatened by a new school, may be concerned about meeting new teachers or may not know what to expect of their new routine.
Special Education students who are new to a school building or who appreciate places that are familiar will certainly like to have a tour of their new school before starting the day. Parents can request a tour from school administration and can let their children see the gym, cafeteria, and classrooms where they will be spending time.
Special Needs students will also feel more comfortable with their teachers if they have already met them. Many schools offer open houses before school starts; those that do not may be able to provide parents with pictures of the teachers, gym instructors and other educators who will be participating in the child’s school year.
This is the time of year to look at last spring’s IEP and ensure that everything is in place to carry out this year’s plan. The IEP should be constructed to give the child the best education in the least restrictive environment and should cater to the child’s abilities. Newman Aaronson Vanaman Law Firm can provide Legal Representation to families who feel that the IEP is not being addressed appropriately.
While the IEP is important, parents should provide educators with other paperwork before the school year starts. Parents should prepare an overview of their child that lists their likes and dislikes, any pertinent medications, general routines and other helpful tips that teachers should know.
Parents of a Special Education child know how much paperwork they collect over the years. It is vital to keep a record of all phone calls, emails, and letters that have to do with the child and to create a family calendar with upcoming events and meetings.
With some easy back-to-school planning, parents can alleviate much of their children’s anxiety over a new school year.