Many children struggle in school, but not all of them are given IEPs. The reasons for this are numerous. For example, some school districts seem stingier with their IEPs because they have smaller budgets and fewer special education resources. Some parents may struggle to get the psychiatrist or independent evaluator to see what they are seeing in their children and may not be able to get an IEP. While these children who are known to struggle in school can continue to learn with their peers, they may need a bit of extra help in some areas. Here are a few ways that parents can help with the education of special needs children who do not have IEPs.
Be an Advocate
Most special needs children cannot advocate for themselves. They are often too young and too scared of the process to stand up for themselves in the classroom. Parents are the ones who must be in control of these situations by sitting down with teachers and other school advisers, finding successful strategies for learning and requesting help.
Work as a Team
By thinking of the school district and the child’s teachers as part of an important team, parents will find that it is easier to get along and to work hard to come up with workable solutions that are approved of by all. Parents can also request regular meetings with teachers to discuss progress and possibilities.
Stay As Positive As Possible
The schooling of a child with special needs can be a disheartening process that can leave both parents and children feeling as if they have been neglected. Parents must remain positive in front of their children and may want to think of positive rewards that will accentuate good behaviors.