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IEP Struggles

Parenting is not an easy job at times. Of course, there are days when it’s hard to believe you’re a parent, but those days are slim compared to those when it’s hard to be a parent.

Our youngest has been on an IEP since he was two years old. This school year is his first in the middle school setting and we’re very pleased with his progress. He’s brought himself up to grade level with his reading, he passed a math lab class and was taken out of it, and he’s made the honor roll all three quarters. He’s also on the well on his way to making the honor roll again.

Now this school year we chose to do the IEP early and we invited all of his teachers to attend. This gave us the ability to have them help set goals for Josh and it gave us a chance to explain how Josh is and how he does in school.

Recently I received a call from the school regarding Josh’s IEP for this year. They want to hold the meeting in May rather than August. This means we won’t have the ability to have his new teachers involved in the meeting. This is not good in my opinion, but I don’t have a choice in the matter. The IEP must be completed by August 23 which is the day before school starts.

I shared my concerns with the school and they have assured me we can hold the meeting in May as they want and then we can hold another one in August or September so the new teachers can be involved. If any changes need to be made we can submit an amendment to the original IEP. I’m struggling with this, but doing my best to hope it works. I just hope it does work. I don’t know if that meeting is what has helped Josh, but I’m not going to run the risk of that being the case.

How to Handle a Child with Special Needs in the Public Schools

A child with special needs can be hard to deal with on a daily basis. Routines don’t always work and that can be trying on a special needs child. Behavior, large groups of people, and learning disabilities can all hinder a special needs child. Adding public school classrooms can make things even worse yet.

Almost all special needs children have an Individualized Education Program (IEP). This will help everyone that deals with your child to have a better understanding of the problems and goals your child has for school. The IEP’s are created with the parents, teachers, and principal so it’s important you give input and ask questions regarding the goals or anything that may come to mind.

There are times when the school may fall short of your expectations when it comes to your child’s IEP. If this happens, you need to confront the school, but this may feel like the most difficult thing in the world to do. If this happens, you need to consider hiring a parent-child advocate. They’re there to help you get what your child needs and sometimes it’s the only way to make it happen.

You need to remember this is your child and it’s up to you as to how things are done. There are times when you must stand your ground and ensure things are happening in the correct way. This may mean requesting a new teacher and if that’s the case, don’t feel bad because your child’s education is the most important thing.

As your child gets older, you may find it’s more difficult to get the help you need for your child. That doesn’t mean your child doesn’t need the IEP anymore. It just means it may be a bit tricky to get it done and have the teachers stick to the program set in place with the goals, but it is possible.

When your child is in middle school or high school, it completely changes everything. Instead of having one teacher, they’ll have seven to eight teachers. This makes it a bit more difficult when it comes to the IEP and the help your child needs. The best thing to do is ask that all teachers come to the meeting and hold it as soon after school starts as possible. This will give the teachers the ability to prepare for the needs of your child. You need to have all teachers attend including elective teachers because they’ll need to make sure they use the tips to help your child learn and succeed in their class.

Having a special needs child can be difficult, but when you have the right tools, they can have a successful school career and not struggle. Make sure you stay in contact with the teachers and check the grades often. If your child’s grades start to slip you need to get in contact with that teacher immediately. If you let it go too long, it may be nearly impossible for them to catch up and have a passing grade. Also make sure the teachers know they can contact you at any time if they feel there is a problem. When you have all of these things in place your child will have the best school years possible.

Corrie Petersen runs a successful Virtual Assistant business. She has a wonderful family and a child with special needs. While it’s been a difficult and trying journey, she and her husband have found ways to help him reach success. You can read what she’s up to with her family when you read her mommy blog here.

About Corrie


My name is Corrie and I'm from Wyoming. I've been married to Kevin since 1993 and we have two wonderful boys.

I'm a Virtual Assistant and a Ghostwriter. I love what I do and I enjoy spending time with my family.

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