Most California parents do not see their children during school hours. Parent/teacher conferences enable parents and instructors to discuss a student’s academic progress and overall educational experience. If a child is struggling, parents and teachers and other school officials should work together to determine problems, as well as what resources are available, such as an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), to help the student.
Some students have medical conditions that cause learning delays. Others experience trauma in life that interferes with their ability to function in an academic or social setting. Recognizing signs of trouble and knowing how to initiate the IEP process can help students make the most of their learning experience.
Issues that often coincide with eligibility for an IEP
IEPs are available for children who are eligible for special education services. The following list includes several common issues that may exist prior to requesting an IEP:
- Emotional or mental health disorders
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Vision or hearing problems
- Cognitive delays or impairment
- Physical disabilities
- Learning or processing issues
Many times, an IEP enables a child with a specific learning problem to continue to participate in a mainstream classroom by provide accommodations to help him or her function, such as having an aide on hand to help with reading comprehension or processing issues.
What if legal complications arise after requesting an IEP?
If a California parent believes that his or her child is eligible and would benefit from an IEP, the parent can make a formal request for one. If this request is denied or other issues arise after an IEP has been implemented, a parent might need additional support to resolve the problem. Scheduling a consultation with an attorney who is well-versed in special education laws is a logical first step to take to address issues regarding an IEP or other special education services.