🤝🏽 Being a parent of a child with special needs requires active involvement in your child's Individualized Education Program (IEP) team. This team of dedicated educators, therapists, and professionals work in unison to develop a strategy that meets your child's unique needs. 📚
🌈 Collaborating with the IEP team is a key factor in ensuring your child's success. Here's a step-by-step guide to make the most of this collaboration:
1️⃣ Set the Stage: Reach out to your child's teacher or case manager to schedule a meeting with the IEP team. Be specific about the purpose of the meeting and outline any concerns you might have. 📅
2️⃣ Homework Time: Familiarize yourself with your child's IEP prior to the meeting. Understand the goals, accommodations, and modifications currently in place. 📝
3️⃣ Show and Tell: If you have relevant documents like medical or developmental reports, bring them along to the meeting. Sharing these with the team can help them gain more insight. 📁
4️⃣ Your Input Matters: Be prepared to discuss your child's strengths and challenges, as well as any changes you've observed since the last IEP meeting. 🗣️
5️⃣ Curiosity is Key: Don't hesitate to ask questions about your child's progress, behavior, or any classroom difficulties they might be experiencing. ❓
6️⃣ Let's Make a Plan: Collaboratively develop a plan that addresses your child's needs, including specific accommodations, modifications, or interventions. 📋
7️⃣ The Follow Up: Post-meeting, ensure the plan is effectively implemented and track your child's progress regularly. 🔄
🌱 The key to your child's success lies in consistent collaboration with the IEP team, ensuring their needs are met and progress towards goals is being made. By setting up meetings and working together, we can foster a learning environment that empowers your child to thrive.
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💥💭 A few days ago, Facebook's savvy algorithm suggested a video that tickled our curiosity. Despite its origin from an unfamiliar page, the parenting-themed thumbnail had us intrigued. We hit play, ready to dive into this unexpected find. #ParentingVideo📹👪
📺 Within a minute, it was clear - this video wasn't our brew of choice. Picture this: a mom pulls up to the school drop-off point and a minor meltdown ensues. Why? Her child had removed their shoes and wasn't prepared to leap out of the car for school. #SchoolDropOffDrama🚗👟🏫
💡💭 Now, let's not forget - parents are humans, not superheroes. They feel, they react, and they're not invincible to the hurdles of everyday life. But, the sight of a mom screeching over a minor hiccup at school drop-off, all under the banner of "End of School Drop Off Be Like," left us perplexed. We couldn't find the humor. #ParentingRealityCheck 😓🤷♀️
📲💬 Scrolling through the comments, we discovered we weren't alone in our reaction. One fellow mom voiced her confusion: “I don’t get it I was a mom of three, and I don’t remember yelling and screaming like that especially trying to get out of the car nice”. It seemed we were not alone, but then we noticed the page owner's sharp retort... #CommentSectionSaga🗣️👥
(BPT) - Building the confidence to try, experiment and keep going even when things get hard is a critical part of the educational process. Confidence comes more naturally to some students than others, yet new research shows that confidence levels today impact learning outcomes for students.
Three-quarters of teachers say anxiety and lack of confidence hinder learning among their students, according to the Confidence in Learning Poll conducted by Harris Insights and Analytics on behalf of LEGO Education. Two-thirds of parents agree their children are not more confident than their peers or themselves at that age.
This is impacting students' education in many ways, particularly in the important STEAM subjects (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics). The poll found fewer than one in five students is “very confident” when it comes to learning STEAM, while only one in three teachers says their students are more confident in STEAM subjects compared to five years ago.
As we think about preparing students for the future workforce, 65% of children entering primary school today will ultimately end up working in new jobs that don't yet exist, according to the World Economic Forum. This makes confidence in STEAM especially important as we prepare kids for unknown needs.
Denied! Now What?
You've requested an evaluation, but it was denied and you aren't sure of the next steps.
We've outlined what you should do next in the infographic below.
Early Signs of Dyslexia
If you have noticed that your child is struggling, event at the preschool level, don't ignore it. As early as preschool, the signs of dyslexia can be present.
Preschoolers or Kindergarten age children with dyslexia may:
Many times, school encourage the wait and see method, their a boy/girl, the need time to mature, things just haven't clicked. These are all stall tactics and are a waste of your son's or daughters precious time. The earlier you find out what is happening the better off your child will be in the long run.
The Oak Tree Academy mission is to improve the quality of life of people with language-based learning disabilities and their families by developing programs and disseminating knowledge based on current research.