So frustrating… your child enters the world and you are not aware of the hand that you will be dealt with. You have a child – a wonderful child whom you love so much – but they have a different style of functioning. They may respond to the world differently. They may need accommodations in school so that they have an untimed exam. They may need related services such as Speech Therapy and/or a paraprofessional to provide support in the “least restrictive environment least restrictive environment
Your child is evaluated to determine what needs they may or may not have. You go to your local school district office to discuss the plan based on these reports and an Individual Education Plan is developed. The law states that you have rights as a parent to both participate and agree or disagree to an outlined plan for your child. I am not a special education advocate, but I work with children of different ages. Part of my work involves assisting parents with written reports to present at IEP meetings/CPSE meetings and speaking with professionals in terms of suggesting supports from which those whose skills I have evaluated may benefit.
There are good and unfortunate impacts that technology has had to date based on a variety of sources. Think about the last time that you tried to talk to someone to find that they could not answerer you. They had earbuds in their ears, were not looking up at you – just at a machine and appeared to be in an entirely non-face-to face world. The effect on communication in this century is both astounding and profoundly changing us.
The good news is that there are positive things that we can use computers for, as noted in an example of a few resources below. There are others if you search by grade level which yields similar listings so look at those as well.
While you practice the tips (which i think are so nicely outlined) in the link above, do yourself a favor as the year begins. Something that is extremely helpful is to become very good friends with the special education supervisor in the school that your child attends. If you have not met them at an open house or even if you have, now is the time to make yourself not only heard by email but seen in person. That form of communication seems to go by the wayside a lot. It does make a difference…
a. Call the main office and obtain the name of the special education supervisor. If it is unavailable, walk into the school office and try to schedule an appointment in person.
b. Introduce yourself – “my … is in —class and I wanted to take a few minutes to meet with you.
c. BRING YOUR CHILD’S IEP TO SCHOOL!!! This may seem facetious to some; but recognize the fact that the school in which your child is enrolled may not have a copy of this yet. In fact – it may take awhile for it to be uploaded and sent on to the person assigned to working with your child.
d. Confirm the name of the speech therapist who is going to be working with your child. If possible – I would suggest that you try and reach out to them as well. It may take a few weeks until services get into place
**if things are going a bit slowly, feel free to reach out..