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Prepare for Individualized Education Plan meetings for your child

Trying to get your child's Individualized Education Plan (IEP) set in place at school can be a challenge. Everyone who is involved has input into what's going on. You can't go into IEP meetings without a clear idea of what you hope to gain from it and what your child needs from it.

What schooling plans exist for special education students?

For parents who have children with special learning needs, the back-to-school season is one that comes with lots of stress. The parents want their children to have a good learning experience but they might not feel confident that the school is going to provide the environment or assistance the children need.

New school years can challenge special needs parents

Parents who have children with special needs might dread the back to school season. This is because of the need to have Individualized Education Program meetings and deal with some of the challenges that come with the new year. It is much easier to deal with this when your child is at a school familiar with his or her needs. When this doesn't happen, the uncertainty can often be very stressful.

Parents need to address special learning challenges

Now that the summer months are here, it is time for parents to determine how their children will spend these months away from school. For those who have special needs students, this is going to be a challenging time. What many people don't realize is that these students are more likely to boost their reading skills during the summer months more so than their peers.

Special needs students can improve reading skills in the summer

Many people tend to discount what some special needs students are capable of. When the educators are the ones who are doing this, great problems can result. For the parents of any child who has an Individualized Education Program (IEP), the summer months might pose a unique problem. One study should give all parents hope for the summer.

Why does my child need an Individualized Education Program?

Children who are classified as needing services provided by special education teachers are required by law to have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) drafted for them. This legal document is supposed to clearly define what your child's specific learning needs are, how the school intends to go about providing them and how they intend to keep track of the process that they're making.

Your rights as an employee and special needs parent

Being the parent of a child with special needs comes with a lot of responsibility. Not only do parents need to know how to properly care for their children, but they might not be able to leave their job to care for their children full-time. If parents still need to work, they should also know their rights as the caregiver of a child with special needs.

Serving the needs of the educationally challenged

The federal government requires that all children -- including those with cognitive deficits -- receive equal access to education. This means that, for children with special educational needs, the local school districts must provide special services to meet those needs. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) governs how the needs of these children must be met.


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