When a child is diagnosed with a Long Beach learning disability, the parents may fear that the child will never be able to make it through school successfully and will most likely be limited for the rest of his or her life by a subpar education. However, this is simply not the case for the vast majority of these individuals. Most simply need a chance to prove themselves and a way to catch up with their peers.
Legal Representation for Students with Special Needs
Children are usually referred for special services if they have been given a Response to Intervention. This is to separate the children who truly need learning disability help with those who are just experiencing a basic struggle with a new or troublesome skill or subject. If the child is still struggling after the intervention, he or she will most likely be sent for an evaluation with a psychologist through the school district. If the psychologist acknowledges the learning disability, the child will then be given an IEP, which is an Individualized Education Plan.
The IEP will list recommendation, goals, and promises for what services the child will require, what he or she should learn in school over the next year and what accommodations the child will be allowed to have in the school room. For example, the IEP will say whether the child will be left in the classroom with peers or will be in a specialized classroom. It will also list other therapies to be given, such as speech therapy or occupational therapy. Accommodations for classroom use could include assistive technology, such as calculators or dictation devices, as well as special seating or testing requirements.