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Should your child have an IEP?

All children have a right to education. You want your child to learn necessary life skills, become familiar with social interaction and hopefully enjoy learning. Depending on your child's needs, he or she may qualify for an Individualized Education Program (IEP).

You can request an evaluation of your child's learning needs or the school can request one. If your child's school has recommended an assessment, you need to follow up. A school staff member can make a recommendation based on:

  • Academic performance
  • Behavioral issues
  • Social, emotional or physical disconnects

There are other factors that school staff may consider. When an evaluation concludes that your child needs specialized learning, your child will be able to receive an IEP.

A special education team will then come up with an educational plan for your child. Your child's educational, physical and emotional needs will be catered to through the IEP.

Benefits of an Individualized Education Program

An IEP is very beneficial for children with special needs. The program is solely based on the student's needs so that the student can reach their full potential.

Your child may benefit from a specialized program designed just for them.

Potential issues

There are some issues that may arise. Because Individualized Education Programs use more resources than the generic classroom lesson, some school districts may be reluctant to offer the program to your child.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires school districts to provide these services. You may choose to take action against your child's school if you believe they are not accommodating your child's needs. Your child deserves an education that they can benefit from.

If your child has an IEP but the school does not properly follow the program, you may choose to fight for your child's rights. All school districts must follow the IEP your child needs.

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