Short-Term versus Long-Term Planning

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Short-Term versus Long-Term Planning

Short-Term versus Long-Term Planning | Los Angeles Special Education

Both short-term and long-term planning have a place in special education planning. However, you may see only one type of planning being used for your child. If this is the case, you must advocate for your child to ensure that his or her current needs are being met while long-term goals are also being put into place to ensure a smooth transition to adulthood or to college. Here are a few tips to get you to this place by using special education resources, IEPs and a variety of special needs professionals.

Creating the Best Education Plan for Children with Special Needs

Public schools focus mainly on short-term special needs planning. This is because long-term planning is not required by public schools according to federal law. However, it is also because most schools do not have enough time or resources to perform long-term planning. Short-term goals are made on every new school year’s IEP. This is where specific, measurable educational goals are listed. A student who is progressing well should meet most or all of his or her IEP goals by the end of the school year.

However, long-term goals certainly have their place in special education as well. These goals help families plan for adulthood with their special needs children. One part of long-term planning that should begin in high school is transitional planning. This focuses on scheduled planning for adulthood, college, or vocational school. With the right long-term planning, families can help aim their special needs children towards success physically, educationally, socially and vocationally. No matter what level the child is at on the special needs spectrum, a full and happy life is possible.

Special education planning is certainly not something that you have to do alone. A variety of professionals can help you throughout the years to have the best success. For example, psychologists, therapists, and financial planners can help you create educational, social, physical and money-related plans for success. At Newman, Aaronson, Vanaman, we have specially trained and educated special needs attorneys who can help you with all types of educational and legal matters. If you are not getting the help that you think you need, we can help you understand the process, attend meetings and hearings with you and advocate for the needs of you and your child. Set up a meeting with one of our professionals today to learn more about the resources available to your from our law group.