5 Ways To Tell If Your Child Needs More Support
Navigating the world of Special Education can be a daunting task for parents and families, especially as you’re working hard to understand the best ways to support your child. A big part of your child’s education might be their IEP (Individualized Education Plan) and as you learn more about that part of their academic support, it’s crucial to be able to see where that plan might be falling short – or where your child may need more support.
At Beyond Speech Therapy Specialists, we see children as the whole picture, not separate pieces, and this is why we want you as the parent or caregiver to feel empowered, educated and supported in making informed decisions for your child’s education. In this information-packed blog post, we’ll discuss five key indicators that may suggest your child needs more support in their educational journey.
Indicator 1: There is limited progress on IEP goals
Your child’s IEP sets specific, measurable goals for your child’s progress.
If you notice that your child consistently struggles to achieve these goals, it may be a sign that their current IEP is not providing the necessary support.
As their best advocate it’s important that you know what your child’s goals are, how they are being measured and how best to review them with their IEP team. If you aren’t seeing the progress that’s expected, reach out to their academic team.
Indicator 2: You notice persistent academic or behavioral challenges
Your child’s IEP may address both academic and behavioral challenges. If you notice persistent difficulties in these areas, it may indicate that their current support isn’t quite enough.
For example, if your child continues to struggle with reading despite receiving reading intervention services outlined in the IEP, it’s essential to explore why they are falling short of their goals and whether additional specialized help, such as one-on-one tutoring, may be needed.
Indicator 3: There is a lack of individualized services
By law, every child with an IEP is entitled to an individualized education tailored to their unique learning needs.
If you feel that your child is not receiving services that align with their specific challenges and strengths, it’s a red flag. As the parent or caregiver, you have the right to know how their IEP goals and accommodations are being met throughout the school day.
Your child’s IEP should address their unique learning profile. If it appears too generic or does ont meet your child’s needs, reach out to their IEP team and advocate for more personalized services.
Indicator 4: Your child is frequently frustration or anxious
Sometimes the emotional well-being of our children is the best indicator of academic success.
If you are noticing frequent frustration, anxiety, or avoidance behaviors related to school, it may indicate that your child’s current support is not addressing their academic or emotional needs.
Speak with your child regularly about the services they are getting throughout the day and make note of where they may be feeling frustrated. Maybe they aren’t receiving the extended work time their IEP indicates. Or they could be missing resource time with support staff.
Be sure to contact your child’s teacher if you are seeing these patterns of frustration.
Indicator 5: There is conversation about working with outside support
While your child’s IEP is an important piece of their academic journey, there may be times when they need more support than the school or staff can provide within the school day.
Additional support from professionals outside the school system can be the extra step to your child meeting goals and working through challenges.
Therapists at Beyond Speech Therapy Specialists, for example, can provide specialized assessments and therapies that complement your child’s IEP services. Collaborating with our experts can provide a more holistic approach to addressing your child’s needs, both inside and outside the classroom.
What to Do Next:
- Request a Review: If you notice any of these indicators, request an IEP review meeting with your child’s support team. Discuss your concerns with the IEP team, including teachers, special educators, and school administrators. Share your observations and insights about your child’s needs and challenges.
- Explore Additional Services: Consider exploring additional services or evaluations that may provide more insight into your child’s strengths and weaknesses. This could include seeking an Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE) or consulting with specialists outside of the school district.
- Advocate for Your Child: As the parent or caregiver, you are your child’s most significant advocate. Be persistent in seeking the best support for your child’s unique needs. Ensure that the IEP is individualized, comprehensive, and regularly reviewed to address their progress and challenges effectively.
- Collaborate with Professionals: Collaborate with professionals who have expertise in special education and can provide guidance and support in navigating the complex world of educational services.
- Work with Outside Support: Consider involving therapists or specialists from Beyond Speech Therapy Specialists to provide additional support and therapies that complement your child’s IEP. These experts can offer a well-rounded approach to addressing your child’s specific needs.
Recognizing when your child needs additional support beyond their IEP is a crucial step in ensuring their educational success and overall well-being. Keep a watchful eye on your child’s progress, communicate openly with the school, and be an active advocate for their needs.
By staying informed and proactive, you can help your child receive the support they require to thrive on their educational journey!
If you do need any help, support or resources, please reach out to us at (779) 435-0724 or click here to send us a message. Beyond Speech is here to help!