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School Not Doing Enough for Son with IEP
Q: My second-grader has ADHD and learning disabilities. He is receiving special education for reading and language. His IEP meeting is coming up and even though I feel he has made progress in some area, I think that the school could do more. They're covering the material too slow and I think my son could learn at a faster pace. I don't know what to ask for and the teachers don't make any recommendations.
A: Your son's teachers should be monitoring his progress regularly in all academic areas. You should see concrete reporting of that progress on his IEP updates. Look at Lawrence M. Siegels' book, The Complete IEP Guide: How to Advocate for Your Special Ed Child.
You might want to consider an independent, private evaluation of your child. Sometimes an objective evaluation from professionals who are not invested in the school system can give you a fresh look at a child's potential as well as make more meaningful suggestions for instruction.
You can call the Coordinated Campaign for Learning Disabilities at 1-888-GR8-MIND or go to their website at http://www.ldonline.org to find out about resources in your community.
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For more than 20 years, Eileen Marzola has worked with children and adults with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders, and with their parents and teachers. She has been a regular education classroom teacher, a consultant teacher/resource teacher, an educational evaluator/diagnostician, and has also taught graduate students at the university level. Marzola is an adjunct assistant professor of education at Teachers College, Columbia University, and Hunter College of the City University of New York. She also maintains a private practice in the evaluation and teaching of children with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders.