Back to School: What to do when the Going Gets Tough

We are going on week two for school, really only day three come Monday and teachers have to hit the ground running teaching students how to follow rules, procedures and schedules then add the curriculum content and all the mandatory pre-testing, benchmark testing and assessing required.  I teach high school and am completely outnumbered andContinue reading “Back to School: What to do when the Going Gets Tough”

Learning Through The Mistakes

Pretty sure that I have made a big and costly mistake!  Can you help me fix it?! So, this McKay Scholarship is all tricky and complex!  There are all these rules and processes and no real human to walk you thru the system.  It’s one thing to just file intent and fill out some privateContinue reading “Learning Through The Mistakes”

Keeping an IEP after the Developmentally Delayed (DD) label is dropped when children turn 6.

When your child goes to Kindergarten they will age out of the Developmentally Delayed (DD) criteria of the IEP.  My son was classified DD and LI (language impaired) until this school year.  I knew what to expect within the process so I started in August and finished in January so that I could only haveContinue reading “Keeping an IEP after the Developmentally Delayed (DD) label is dropped when children turn 6.”

How to mentally prepare for an IEP meeting.

Having a child with special needs is a very emotional experience.  Having a child that is delayed or under performing at their age group is common and parents have to develop a plan for their child’s success in life.  That brings in the school.  Schools are legally responsible for providing a free appropriate public educationContinue reading “How to mentally prepare for an IEP meeting.”

holy behavior plan, batman

Yesterday, I amended my son’s IEP and behavior plan.  It was another 2 hour meeting.  My last meeting was 2.5 hours and was to determine eligibility (the longest IEP…) At our last meeting, the behavior plan was so terrible that we had to agree to meet again to change it. A draft copy of theContinue reading “holy behavior plan, batman”

the longest IEP meeting of my life!

IEP re-evaluation and eligibility determination   my meeting was from 2:30 to 5pm! This time of year is key for parents of pre-k students or students getting ready for kindergarten.  When a student is first eligible for services with the school they are most often labelled DD for developmentally delayed.  This label drops by ageContinue reading “the longest IEP meeting of my life!”

How schools fail special needs children

Part 1 of a never-ending story!     Some of the ways that schools fail special needs children: communication, training, allowing good teachers to teach, involving parents, doing the right thing, honesty, paying professionals with  special education what they are worth, testing, lack of outside time, class size, providing resources to help parents at homeContinue reading “How schools fail special needs children”