It is important for parents of deaf and other special needs children to understand what an Individual Education Plan is and how to ensure your child’s education needs are being met in his or her IEP.In this article, I will discuss:What is an IEPGive tips for having an effective IEP that meets your child’s educational needsAn IEP is a document that details the special needs services for special needs students. The IEP includes any modifications that are required in the classroom and any additional special programs or services. In the USA an IEP is mandated by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004). The IEP will address your child’s educational needs, and contain specific, measurable short term and annual goals for each of those needs.This written statement is developed by your child’s teachers, and is reviewed and agreed to by your child’s special needs education funding organization and you, the parents. The IEP describes the goals the team sets for your child during the school year, as well as any special support needed to help your child achieve his or her educational goals.In our case with our deaf son, Larry, we lived in Marlboro, MA and Larry attended school at The Learning Center for Deaf Children in Framingham, MA. The town of Marlboro funded the cost of his education. So we dealt with the special needs education supervisor in Marlboro and Larry’s teachers in Framingham.The IEP meeting is usually attended by the child’s classroom teacher, the child’s department supervisor, the funding special needs education supervisor and the parents.The IEP document can be very daunting lots of pages with a lot of official sounding documentation.Here are tips based on our experience on ensuring your child has an effective IEP that meets his or her educational needs:Tip#1: You as parents need to be proactive and take an active role in developing the goals for your child’s IEP. You need to have regular interactions with your child’s teachers and school supervisors to understand what your child is being taught, how your child is progressing and what your child will be taught next. This will help you in 2 ways: firstly you will be able to understand what is being stated in your child’s IEP and you can make sure which educational needs will receive the most attention. Secondly your child’s teacher will realize that you are interested in your child’s education and they will make extra efforts on behalf of your child. I firmly believe that it is always good to set high expectations for the people working with your child.Tip#2: Usually your child’s special needs education funding organization will have meetings a few times a year to discuss their plans etc. Attend as many of these meetings as possible and develop a relationship with the supervisor for your child’s special needs education. This relationship will allow you to discuss and make requests suited to your child’s educational requirements.Tip#3: We requested a copy of Larry’s IEP 2 days before the IEP meeting so my wife and I could review the IEP. Your child’s teacher is usually very busy developing IEPs so you need to give the teacher early notice that you need the IEP for review. Having a relationship with your child’s teacher and the funding special education supervisor will really help here because you will already know what level of education your child is at and what is the next level of education and services to be addressed in the IEP.Tip#4: You need to remember that you as parents can bring with you to the IEP meeting others involved with your child that you feel are important for the IEP team to hear, such as, your child’s psychologist or tutor. I would recommend keeping surprises for the IEP team to a minimum and again your working relationship with your child’s education team should help you resolve issues and have agreements on your child’s educational needs before the IEP meeting.Tip#5: Parents should remember that IEPs can be updated any time during the year. For Larry, he was very good at mathematics and we had the IEP amended during the school year to provide Mathematics tutoring during the summer for the next level of Mathematics. Since we had a good relationship with our town’s special needs education supervisor, this was easily done and Larry had his Mathematics teacher as a tutor during the summer.Tip#6: Here are a couple of things I wished we would have done differently. In middle school Larry was struggling with Reading and English. He had a literature class where the reading material was Shakespeare. We knew he was struggling with Reading and English and this class was frustrating him a lot. We should have had a discussion with this teacher and the Middle School supervisor and find a solution that met Larry’s needs and have his IEP amended. In addition, we should have requested a tutor for Reading and English where the tutoring was done in American Sign Language
Nowadays, hospitalization costs for serious accidents or critical illness involve huge dollars particularly for those without health insurance. The expense for medical care has increased a lot, which denies most people to visit a doctor even when they are ill. Others may not see the doctor if they still have minor sickness, instead they wait until such time that they seriously suffer pain before deciding to see the doctor. For this reason a lot of people now are seeing reputable alternative health care center for their health maintenance as it is more affordable compared to hospital expenses.The advantages of alternative health care have already been recognized since the early days. Perhaps even some doctors suggest alternative medicines to patients who prefer non-invasive ways of treatment. However, it is important to know that there are different procedures to alternative health care based on your health condition.Oftentimes they offer a variety of methods like massage, rehab, nutrition, and stress management. They have also therapies for health maintenance, recovery from trauma and lifestyle changes. For children, they also have unique approach for children with special needs. They are well-trained professionals in a range of massage and therapy methods.They offer Swedish massage, Rehab massage, visceral manipulation, myofascial release, zero balancing, cranio-sacral therapy and many more. A swedish massage is good for your general well-being and relaxation. If you need a specific treatment for an accident recovery, trauma, surgery or stroke they have a rehab massage that will help you get back into your normal lifestyle.Visceral Manipulation is their method in boosting the flexibility and tissue of the body organs inside the visceral system. The soothing massage can strengthen the structure of the organs and even the whole body system. They will also provide myofascial release for people who want to have treatment for their whole body structure. It focuses on the facial system that aligns the connective tissues for a balanced body.Zero balancing is a method done over clothing. It is simply easy but a powerful approach of managing body energy through your body structure. Their Cranio-sacral therapy is undoubtedly examining and improving cranial-sacral system. It is the system where the brain and spinal cord operates.These treatment methods have no negative effects and it is professionally done by a licensed specialist. All these modalities are excellent and effective that definitely supports you until you get well. It is more affordable compared to a mainstream medicine. They are proven safe and keep you away from taking dosed medicines. They also provide discounts especially for regular patients.For more information about a reputable alternative health care center you can visit the web and find it online. They can provide you a lot of information, contact details and location.
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