Getting accommodations for a child can often feel like an uphill battle. Even after you’ve successfully gotten an IEP or a 504, those accommodations for which you have fought so hard can sometimes slip between the cracks. If you find yourself in such a predicament, it’s always a good idea to have a game plan for what to do next. Knowing what to do if your child isn’t getting his or her accommodations is the only way to ensure that your child is in the proper learning environment.
Talk to the Teacher
The first step in the process will always require talking to your child’s teacher. Though you can certainly escalate immediately if you don’t think you’ll get help, it can be useful to go into this process by assuming that your child’s teacher wants to do the right thing. Send a quick note to your child’s teacher asking if he or she is receiving his or her proper accommodations, with the general goal of ensuring that you know what’s going on in the classroom. If your child’s teacher is unable to help or doesn’t respond, you’ll want to make sure that you’ve got documentation of this contact.
Call a Meeting
The next step will likely be to call a meeting with all the relevant parties. These individuals will generally be the same people who were in your child’s IEP meeting, and they’ll be in the best position to provide help. Again, it’s a good idea to go into this meeting with the assumption that things are falling through the cracks rather than the idea that the staff is acting out of malice. At this point, it should be made clear that your child isn’t getting the type of help that is required by a legally binding document and that those accommodations actually need to be put in place.