Starting the IEP process can be confusing for parents when they realize their child is struggling and they consider an IEP to help their child. That’s why many parents seek help from a special needs advocate to guide them through the process and help them get what their child needs out of special education resources.
The IEP process can be long and it can seem complicated as you consider what the best options for your child will be. Advocates can help with answering questions about the legal aspects of the IEP, preparing you for the IEP meetings, attending the IEP meetings with you, evaluating the IEP plan the team suggests, negotiating changes to specific pieces of the plan, and helping resolve disputes that may occur.
If you’re concerned that your child’s IEP isn’t helping your child make enough progress in school, there are steps you can take and resources available for parents to help work through the problems.
Children with learning disorders have difficulty learning in spite of having average intelligence and putting effort into their school work. There are different kinds of learning disorders that affect children in different ways. There may be academic difficulties that affect reading, writing, spelling, or solving math problems.
If you think that your child may have learning differences or developmental delays that impact their performance in school, then you’ve probably considered requesting an evaluation like an Individualized Education Program (IEP). To qualify for an IEP, your child will need to meet the requirements listed by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.