The Right Parent IEP Can be Developed with the Right Parent Coach
If your smart struggling child is in a public or charter school, they might qualify for Special Education Services. If your child is in private school, the school may or may not develop a plan for your child. The 3 biggest problems with this process include:
– Qualifying for Special Education services has gone from difficult to almost impossible for smart struggling students. It used to be students could qualify for special education if there was a significant differential between the student’s potential, as measured by an IQ Test, and the student’s performance. The smarter the student, the more likely there was a way to be differential — so if a student had a 121 IQ and performed at 106, or just above average level, they could qualify — today, school’s are moving towards a Response to Intervention mode — where they assess whether a student responds to interventions. Most smart struggling students improve with help, but they may actually get further and further behind
The smart struggling student is often denied help.
Then there is the case where your child qualifies for Special Education – your child gets an Individualized Education Plan or IEP – the process can be frustrating and for a goal oriented parent, it can be one of the most infuriating processes ever. Too often:
– Schools use fluency, how well a student reads out loud, to measure reading, when comprehension is the issue
– Schools rarely look at how a student learns best and often miss eye-teaming issues — and smart struggling students learn differently and virtually all have an attention and/or eye-teaming issue
– Since the present level of performance is too often about reading fluency — reading comprehension goals are often not set.
– Process speed and working memory issues are occasionally identified but rarely addressed
– Where reading comprehension is measured, it is often measured based on short passages. Schools do not often use the longer texts and more complex questions your child will be tested on.
– The goals and action plans that are set are rarely consistent with getting your child back to grade level
Introducing the Parent IEP focused on Your Child’s Profile & Potential
We believe it is better to develop The Parent IEP where:
– You have your child assessed to see if he or she learns differently and whether your child has an attention, eye-teaming or related challenge
– You have your child assessed for his or her present level of reading speed and comprehension based on passages and questions equal in length and complexity to what your child will be tested on
– You set goals that are focused on the key areas of concern, that are BOLD and that will make a huge difference in your child’s life — with the focus on success in months not years
– You get training focused on helping you to be the coaches and advocates your child needs — with a focus on both parents
– You may well need to find outside programs to help you achieve these goals
– You may well need to discuss what needs to be dropped in order to leave the time required to make it happen — martial arts and music are classic examples of what is kept and other activities are optional
This is how we helped:
– A 3rd grader can go from the worst reader in her class to the best reader in her4th grade class
– A 5th grader can meet and exceed his goals — the goal was to get from the 3rd to the 6th grade level within 12 months and he got to the 7th grade level within that time frame
– A 9th grader could improve his comprehension from the 5th to the 9th grade level within 3 months and increase his reading speed by 80%
If you have not completed our Success Assessment, go to www.3dlearner.com, complete the Success Assessment with your child and call to discuss how you can develop a Make the Difference Parent IEP
If you have completed the Success Assessment just call 561-361-7495 and let’s discuss how to develop the Parent IEP for your child.