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QUESTION from a Parent:
I am so frustrated with my son’s school! They are carefully ignoring my repeated requests for extra support for Language Arts and writing. As his mom, I want my child to be learning like his friends. I’m scared for him. I can’t understand how they can tell me, “he’ll get it, he’s still developing.”
ANSWER from the Advocacy Guru:
It sounds like you are trying to explain to the school what you see in your son’s work and concerned that it isn’t producing the outcomes you want for your son. Your frustration and anger are shared by many parents like you.
The important information you need to take further action on will come from evaluations and the IEP. Take a look at your son’s evaluations to determine his eligibility under IDEA. Look at subtest scores, not composite scores. At the time of eligibility, the evaluator explained to you how his scores will impact his learning. You may have forgotten what he/she said. For that matter, maybe the school did too! It happens.
Contact the examiner and have him/her explain it to you again. This time, tell the examiner what your son is struggling with in language arts and writing and look for common threads in his/her explanation. Consider requesting an IEP meeting and invite the examiner to provide clarity to the IEP team. During the meeting, review current supports documented in the IEP and possible additions as your son’s needs may have changed since the IEP was developed.
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