With so much constantly going on with your special needs child, it can be tempting to want to take more of a hands-off approach when it comes to school. After all, if your child has an IEP and is in public school, you should be able to assume that he or she is getting exactly what is needed to succeed in life. However, this may not be the case for a number of reasons. For example, you and the teacher may unknowingly be on different pages. Perhaps the school district just does not have the finances to dedicate to your child. In some situations, the school district simply may not care as much as it should about the students entrusted to its care.
Working Closely with Teachers to Monitor Development
That is why you must work closely with teachers to monitor your child’s progress and to bring up any problems that you see. Addressing problems quickly can help minimize hard feelings later and can help your child not get stuck in poor habits that ruin his or her educational experience. However, you may be wondering exactly what you can do right now to monitor your child’s progress in school.
- First, be sure that you know exactly what is on the IEP. The IEP should contain real and measurable goals, such as the number of words that your child can read or the type of arithmetic problems he or she can do by the end of the year.
- Second, be sure to check in at least monthly to see if your child is beginning to meet the goals of the IEP. You should be able to see clearly that your child is progressing in what he or she knows.
- Third, take some time to meet with teachers to share any concerns that you have or to share meaningful feedback about your child that could help them create a positive learning environment. By sharing your concerns in a constructive way, you can create a positive environment between yourself and the teacher that will engender future discussions.
If your school district is refusing to work with you in a meaningful way, you do not have to give up or let your child fall behind the class. Instead, work with a special education attorney from Newman, Aaronson, Vanaman who can help you get the results that you need from the public school system.