Being the parent of a child with special needs can be tough. It can lead to a lot of questioning, even in your own abilities as a parent. But parents are not alone! And there are plenty of things parents can do to make sure your child gets the most out of their education. Here are some tips for parents dealing with special education challenges:
- Get organized! Set up a folder to keep track of your child’s special education documentation, Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and teacher communications.
- Review your child’s IEP to make sure you prioritize your support at home.
- Communicate with your school early and often — especially if you anticipate absences or medical procedures. Identify your child’s strengths. Ask about ways to encourage your child’s talents. And celebrate every accomplishment!
- Take advantage of open houses, back-to-school nights and other campus activities to connect with teachers, staﬀ and other families.
- Practice self-care. Take time for yourself each day and don’t be afraid to lean on the community of support at school.
“There’s no need to stigmatize students just because they don’t respond well to a traditional teaching style,” said Heather Stuve, director of special education. “Not all children learn in the same way. Sitting in a classroom all day is painful for many who are either lost or bored in that environment.”
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National Special Education Day earlier this month commemorates the signing of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act into law in 1975 (IDEA). IDEA granted access to children with special needs to free and quality public education. The act is the foundation for special education in the U.S. and provides flexibility with how, where and when the learning takes place.