IAP

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Registered: 07-30-2003
IAP
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Thu, 09-18-2003 - 4:29pm
I think thats right. I would like to know how some of you got an IAP? School? Dr? If it was through the school did you have to go through the school board or did the teacher initiate it?

The reason for these questions is I want to get one for my ds. He is on medication but I never knew what an IAP was till I got on here. Anyhow at my ds old school I asked for an evaluation 3 yrs ago and never heard back from them. Well, he started doing so much better, that I let it go. Now he's in another, better school and struggling again. He needs some one on one help in math. I had a conference today with his math teacher. She said she would get it started(evaluation). Someone on this board said that I would have to write the school board, but I thought it might save time if I went through his teacher. The teacher said that it would be a lengthy process. But am I really saving time by going through the teacher? Can I trust her to really do it? She said that she probably wouldn't have anything to report till after the first of the year. What are some of your experiences?

Thanks

Mary
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Registered: 09-13-2003
In reply to: ebeth2210
Thu, 09-18-2003 - 6:35pm
what is an IAP?
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Registered: 07-30-2003
In reply to: ebeth2210
Thu, 09-18-2003 - 6:45pm
I don't know what it stands for, but its got something to do with your childs schooling. My ds teacher said that its a plan that inputs modifications into your childs classroom. It requires the teacher to help your child as he needs it. Actually, I'm not real sure of the details. I'm still learning.

Mary
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Registered: 03-28-2003
In reply to: ebeth2210
Thu, 09-18-2003 - 8:01pm
I think you are talking about an IEP (Individualized Education Plan). It falls under the federal law, IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), which requires federal schools to provide all US resident children with disabilities with a free and appropriate public education (FAPE). This must be done in the least restrictive environment (LRE).

Usually what happens is, a teacher will suggest that a child may have a disability which is causing that child to struggle academically. They will form a pre-evaluation team. This team will try to make changes in the classroom, without an IEP. If this works, and the child progresses with his/her peer group, it stops there. (Maybe that is as far as it got in your son's old school?) If not, then the team makes a referral for an IEP team evaluation.

You, as a parent should be a member of this team. Only if you refuse, can they have an IEP team without you by law. Once the referral is made the team has 60 days to determine if the child has a disability and to develop an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) to address the disability.

As a parent, you may request an evaluation for your child. Write a letter, and send it to the principal of his school (I would suggest by registerd mail and have it copied and noterized). Please keep in mind, AD/HD is not a disability. So, alone, it would not require an IEP. However, he may have a learning disability. So, in the letter I would suggest you state what areas you are concerned about and specifically ask for an evaluation, but don't mention AD/HD. Also, if he just has AD/HD, he may be eligible for a section 504 plan. (An IEP gets him more services, so an IEP is better).

If you do a search on IDEA, either on the net or just on this board, you can find a lot of web sights about IDEA and IEP's. Actually, I did a search of IDEA and NC, (because that is our state), and I got very specific state info.

I think I have the flu, so I hope I have been clear here, and helpful. I am just about to go through the IEP process with my son, so I am talking from reseach, and not experience. Hopefully some people on this board will respond who know more then I do!

Good Luck!

Sio

(who survived Isabell on the coast of NC, and lost just one tree!)

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Registered: 07-30-2003
In reply to: ebeth2210
Thu, 09-18-2003 - 8:14pm
Thanks, Sio

That was a wealth of information. When the teacher mentioned it today it sounded like IAP. Thanks again. Hope u feel better.

Mary