1. Review your child’s IEP
Read through your child’s IEP to familiarize yourself with the program, related services, accommodations and modifications that they should be receiving. Review your child’s program so you understand where your child is to receive his or her special education services and what goals should be addressed. Next, familiarize yourself with the type, frequency and location of the related services (speech therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, counseling, etc.) listed on the IEP. Finally, review the modifications and accommodations section to see what the district should be doing to support your child.
2. Verify that your child is receiving the mandated special education services
Once you understand what your child should be receiving under his or her IEP, the next step is to find out if they are actually receiving the program, related services and modifications and accommodations they are entitled to under their IEP. You can review the type of work that is coming home to be sure it aligns with your child’s goals, accommodations and modifications. You may also want to call or email the teachers, therapists and other staff members that work with your child. This initial conversation can help establish good communication for the rest of the school year. It provides you with the opportunity to informally ask how your child is doing and what they are working on. You can also use this time to explain a little bit about your child’s disability and ask how you can reinforce skills they are learning at home. Through these conversations, you should be able to verify that your child is receiving his or her mandated special education services.
3. Contact the school
If the school is not providing your child with his or her program, related services, modifications or accommodations, you can call a meeting with your child’s team. You always have the right to request a Committee on Special Education (“CSE”) meeting to review your child’s program but you may only need an informal meeting at this point. By meeting with your child’s teachers, therapists, psychologist or administration, you hopefully will be able to resolve any issues relating to the implementation of the IEP. If implementation is still an issue or if changes need to be made to the IEP itself, you should call a CSE meeting immediately.
If you need assistance reviewing your child’s IEP or preparing for your meeting, please contact the Law Office of Colleen E. Parker, P.C. at (516) 252-1731. We offer advocacy services to prepare you to advocate to ensure that your child receives the special education that they deserve.