Special education students are required by law to be provided with special services that will best help them to obtain an appropriate education in the least restrictive environment possible. However, your school district may not seem to be on your family’s side at all times. You may feel as if you are constantly fighting with school district personnel to get the services that you feel your child needs to succeed. Instead, of feeling discouraged about your upcoming IEP meeting, be prepared with the following steps to get the right special services for your child.
By coming to the table ready to participate in a friendly and open manner, you may immediately set teachers and other personnel at ease, making them more likely to want to work with you. You may also be able to anticipate what others will say at the meeting. Use your preparation time beforehand to come up with kind and constructive ways to respond to possible problems.
Plenty of research has been performed for special education. Many professional journals, as well as online sites, display statistics and suggestions to help children succeed. By presenting the school district with facts, they may be brought around to your side.
You may be dealing with teachers who simply do not believe that your child is having the problems that you are describing. Try bringing examples of problems along. This could include test results, paperwork, independent evaluations and even audio or video samples of your child. For example, a video could display problematic emotional behaviors or struggles with homework.
If your child is old enough, you may want to consider making him or her a part of the IEP meeting. Who could possibly be better equipped to ask for help than the student himself? When the committee hears the perspective of the student, they may be more inclined to offer assistance.