In the ideal world, parents of special needs students would get the perfect IEPs and extra services for their children and be satisfied with what the school district is doing for them. However, too much of the time, parents and school district officials seem to be locked in a stand-off with neither side finding it easy to come to a conclusion. This is where negotiation must come into play to allow both sides to come together for the best of the student.
Keep Good Records
Without good written records of what your child has accomplished in the past or what decisions and diagnoses have been made, you are in no position to negotiate. Therefore, save school work and report cards from school. Medical records and independent evaluations will also be vital to have on hand. Be sure to save emails, and request that some information is communicated to you in writing rather than over a voicemail.
Create Written Reports
Rather than simply telling the school district what you believe is necessary, let them know in writing. Make the report clear and succinct. Try to follow an outline if possible to tell them the facts and let them know what you believe would be best. Use short sentences to keep it clear.
Without written evidence, the school district will find it easy to turn down your requests for your child. Provide evidence for every declaration that you make. Be sure to make copies of your records, and save the originals for yourself. Provide copies to the school, and keep a record of when you gave the information to the school.
By being specific in your requests, you will get far better help than you would if you asked for something nonspecific, such as a better education or clearer teaching. Give specifics of what your child needs to succeed, such as more one-on-one time, tutoring or therapy.
Professional help is often the best way to come to a conclusion swiftly and help your special education child have an excellent school year. School district officials and teachers often respond well to professionals because they know that they will fight hard for the students and that they have the law on their side. Choose a special education attorney from Newman, Aaronson, Vanaman if you are having trouble working things out in your school district.