Getting an IEP or Individualized Education Plan has become increasingly difficult, as Response to Intervention or RTI starts to work. RTI is a proactive program to help a child succeed before they are classified as having a Learning Disability or ADHD -- Dyslexia is not a qualifying condition for an IEP outside of Texas.
The good news is that in 2009 Congress made it easier to qualify for a 504 Plan -- if the disability signficantly impacts a major life function. The National Center for Learning Disabilities or NCLD has a good page on 504 Plan Changes in 2009.
Many of our students are what we call right-brained learners. They learn best when they see and experience information. Right-Brained Learners often take a long time on tests and even longer to get homework done. If either Homework or Timed Tests are a major issue your child may qualify for a 504 Plan.
Even if the teacher is giving your child extra time, you want to document it for next year and high stakes testing - in Florida, it needs to be documented in a 504 Plan for help on the FCAT, (Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test) and documentation will help with the SAT or ACT.
Whether or not your child gets an IEP or a 504 Plan, you still want to know if they are a right-brained learner.
Does this described your child in part or even totally. Do they:
- Remember places visited from years ago?
- Learn best when they see and experience information
- Hyper-focus on that which interests them and have difficulty paying attention to that which is boring?
- Skip words and lines when reading?
- Get frustrated when doing homework?
Note, right-brained learners have great visual memories for what they see and experience and often have attention, tracking and situational anxiety challenges.
If this sounds like your child, save money and do not do a dyslexia test, but take our Right-Brained Learner Survey, get feedback and then call us at 561-361-7495 for a Free Consult.
Mira Halpert M.Ed. is the Developer and Director of the 3D Learner Program (R). Mira believes it is critical train the right-brained learner with right-brained programs. If one labels it as right-brained dyslexia, she would favor right-brained dyslexia programs. For more information go to 3D Learner Parents or call Mark at 561-361-7395