In this counseling answer:
“Unless you have developed a parent-teacher-supervisor relationship, writing a letter to someone questioning their responsibilities when they do not know you very well will make them a bit nervous.”
As salamu ‘alaykum dear father,
I am sorry to hear about the circumstances that you find yourself in pertaining to your son. Far be it for me to say, that teachers can become a bit nervous when their duties are in question. So, unless you have developed a parent-teacher-supervisor relationship, writing a letter to someone questioning their responsibilities when they do not know you very well will make them a bit nervous. What is written below is extracted from the Guide to the Individualized Education Program.
Individualized Education Program
An effective IEP is divided by the parents, teachers and other school staff all of whom will have knowledge of the child’s abilities, and some of whom will have expertise.
“Child Find” is the mechanism by which each State evaluates the disabilities of the child, and this is a must.
A parent or teacher can ask for the child to be evaluated, but if a teacher makes the request, parental consent is necessary.
The results of the evaluation of the child is looked at by the teachers and the parents together
Parents can ask for a hearing to challenge the eligibility decision
If the child is found eligible, the child is entitled to special education and related services
After 30 days of the decision, the teachers, professionals and the parents must meet to write up the IEP. This cannot be done without parental consent, and one of the regular teachers of the child must be in attendance
The school has to carry out the IEP as written
The IEP includes:
- Current performance
- Annual goals
- Special education and related services
- Participation with non-disabled children
- Participation in state and district-wide tests
- Dates and places
- Transitional services
- Measured progress
The annual goals for the child are measured, and the parents are to be kept informed regularly of the child’s progress, and progress reports are given.
There should be an annual review to which the parents are notified of and in attendance of. Parents can suggest changes
There can be additional testing, an independent evaluation, mediation, or a hearing. Even a complaint can be filed with the state education agency
The Special Education Teacher can talk about:
- How to modify the general curriculum to help the child learn
- Supplementary aids and services
- How to modify the test to show what the child has learned
- Unique needs of the child
Other specialized staff can share expertise about the needs of the child
related services include:
- Identification and assessment of disability
- Medical Services
- Occupational Therapy
- Parental counseling and training
- Physical Therapy
- Psychological Services
- School Health Services
- Social Work Services
I pray that you will find this useful.
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