IEPs?

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Registered: 05-05-2007
IEPs?
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Sat, 08-22-2009 - 9:50pm
Can those of you that have IEPs for your kids-can you tell me the process you had to go through for it? Can you also let me know what your decision was to actually get an IEP? My son was diagnosed with ADHD in 2nd grade and I've just worked with his teachers so far. He's going into 4th grade and I think things liked timed tests (there were some from last year and needless to say he does not respond well) and harder material might be enough to warrant an IEP. He tests in the "exceeds expectations" for math and reading, but his actual report card does not coincide with this.

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Registered: 06-10-2007
In reply to: ormomto1
Sun, 08-23-2009 - 12:57am

HI


You will have to request an educational evaluation, in writing. Send it return receipt requested to the Sp. Ed director of the school district, I also, copied to the Principal, and superintendent. I fought a long hard battle to get DD's IEp, hopefully you won't have to.


I used this form letter, and tailored it to my needs.


Today's date (month, day, year)

Your name
Address
City, State, zip code
Daytime telephone number
Email address

Name of Special Education Administrator, or Principal if your school doesn't have a Special Education Administrator
Name of school
Address
City, State, zip code

Dear ______ (administrator or principal's name):

I am writing to request that my child, ____ (name), be evaluated for special education services. I am worried that ____ (name) is not doing well in school and believe s/he may need special services in order to learn. (Child's name) is in the __ grade at ____ school. (Teacher's name) __ is his/her teacher.

I am worried because _____ (give a few examples of your child's problems at school).

We have tried ___ to help ___ (name), but s/he is still having difficulties.

I understand that I have to give written permission to have my child evaluated. (If you have questions about the evaluation process, include the next sentence.) Before the evaluation begins, I have some questions about the process: (list questions here, in bullet format). I would be happy to talk with you about (name). You can send me information or call me at (daytime phone number). Thank you for your prompt attention to my request. My hope is that together, we can help ___ (name) be successful in school.

Sincerely,
(your name)
cc ____ (your child's teacher)
____ (your child's principal)



  • Step 2

  • A child may HAVE ADHD, but it is not what they ARE. Never tell a child they ARE ADHD.

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    Registered: 11-10-2003
    In reply to: ormomto1
    Mon, 08-24-2009 - 8:38am
    Does your son currently have a 504 plan? Accommodations such as untimed testing can be written into a 504 plan. For an IEP you would be asking for special education and related services and have to show a need for that. What exactly do you think he needs? I too have had a very difficult time getting an IEP for my son whose performance is now suffering because of a combo of ADHD, dysgraphia and an LD.
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    Registered: 05-05-2007
    In reply to: ormomto1
    Mon, 08-24-2009 - 11:14pm
    Wow-thank you so much for sharing that. I will be making an appt to talk to the principal and his new teacher before schools starts and I want to be prepared. :)
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    Registered: 06-04-2003
    In reply to: ormomto1
    Mon, 08-24-2009 - 11:14pm

    After reading these posts I know I am truly very lucky!

    Kathy

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    Registered: 05-05-2007
    In reply to: ormomto1
    Mon, 08-24-2009 - 11:20pm

    He currently has nothing formal with the school. I didn't even know these things existed as I have never been told about them at school. My issue is that he tests high-in the exceeds expectations area. But he doesn't always score well in things like behavior and anything that involves being timed. He also had a very hard time concentration while writing because he can't tune out the noise. So far I have worked with the teachers, but last year I heard repeated complaints about him-specific to ADHD. I told his teacher that although he is on medication, he still has ADHD and it's not going to magically go away because he's medicated.

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    Registered: 05-05-2007
    In reply to: ormomto1
    Mon, 08-24-2009 - 11:29pm
    See-that's the thing-I never knew these things existed. It was only talking to another parent who told me about her son having an IEP. So far my son has been in the highest reading class and is getting good marks in math. He is not behind at all. I have worked with the teachers so far because I was told that he didn't need an IEP unless he needed extra help or was behind-which he's not. He needs a push forward if anything and I think he'd do better if he were in a gifted program as he would have to actually work. School doesn't start here until after Labor Day so hopefully I will be able to talk to someone about it in the next week. I requested a teacher who I was told could handle issues such as his and keep a sense of humor, which he needs. I really don't think he needs anything rigid, but understanding that things like timed tests and writing are hard to him to concentrate for.
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    Registered: 11-10-2003
    In reply to: ormomto1
    Tue, 08-25-2009 - 8:46am
    It really sounds like a 504 plan is what you need right now. You can get things like extended time an alternate work area, seating close to the teacher etc. It is really important to have the extended time documented in a plan such as a 504 plan so that he can get extended time on standardized tests also. He will also need this documentation down the line when applying to take the SAT's and ACT's. If you google 504 plan and ADHD you will find lots of examples of accommodations that are often used. Good luck!
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    Registered: 06-04-2003
    In reply to: ormomto1
    Tue, 08-25-2009 - 4:10pm

    I agree with other posts; sounds like your son needs an 504 NOT an IEP.

    Kathy

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    Registered: 09-04-2009
    In reply to: ormomto1
    Fri, 09-04-2009 - 3:12pm

    Hi, my son is 6, and has not been diagnosed with

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    Registered: 06-10-2007
    In reply to: ormomto1
    Fri, 09-04-2009 - 3:41pm

    A child may HAVE ADHD, but it is not what they ARE. Never tell a child they ARE ADHD.

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