Nowadays, students who are high functioning are placed in general education classes. However, with the constant rise in class size, sometimes a child with a disability will have a difficult time keeping up in the classroom; for example, completing classroom assignments. A child may not always express their frustrations verbally or ask for help if they are unable to complete classroom assignments. More often than not, the child will shut down and give up in class. When that happens, the child is no longer accessing the school curriculum; preventing further learning in that particular academic subject. As we all know, if our child did not learn the concept in school, most likely they will be unable to complete the homework assignment correctly either; which leads to a child with frustration and anxiety because they don’t know what to do with their school work. This scenario should be a Red Flag to both parents and school personnel that something is wrong and needs to be addressed with a new IEP.
For instance, if your child with a learning disability is in a general education class and you notice they are having melt downs with the homework assignments as well as you receive a stack of incomplete classroom assignments from their teacher, you need to request another IEP. There should be a collaborative effort between the parents and school to figure why this is happening. Is it because the child is now struggling in a new academic area, therefore, new goals need to be added to the IEP, or were the accommodations that were listed in the IEP not being followed by the school personnel. Since it could be the result of a variety of things, it’s important to address what exactly is happening in the classroom as well as in the home environment in order to come up with good strategies to help the child access the curriculum so they can feel successful in school.
As we all know, IEP’s are ever changing; including my son’s. One day he masters a concept, but the next day he has to learn and new one. We never know what he will grasp easily or not, so we just have to roll with the punches and keep a close on eye on how he is doing in class as well as homework. As parents we all have the same goal, to give our children the tools to an appropriate education so that they grow up to lead independent lives someday.