Common IEP Misconceptions and How to Support Your Child
Certain children all over the world have what is known as an IEP. In short, this document is used to outline the needs of students who struggle with learning disabilities. It usually contains the various accommodations and services that schools should provide these students.
Even though these documents are so important, they can sometimes be different to fully understand. Also, many teachers and parents have the wrong idea when it comes to IEPs. For this reason, we will be discussing three of the most common misconceptions.
Every Child Who Struggles Is Guaranteed an IEP
To qualify for an IEP, students must meet various criteria. For example, they must be formally diagnosed with whatever condition they claim to have.
In other words, they should present the school with formal documents that state precisely what disability they have and how severe it is. This document can be obtained after the child undergoes an evaluation.
On top of this, the school must determine that the student needs special resources and help to make progress through their education. If they cannot do this, it would be seen as unfair to other school students.
If Something Is In the IEP, the School Will Provide It For Your Child
It is important to remember that all teachers are only human. For this reason, they may forget about certain services and accommodations from time to time. To prevent this from happening too often, parents should monitor their child’s progress and help out wherever they can.
Also, parents need to remember that schools are very busy and have hundreds (sometimes thousands) of students to look after. Thus, they can overlook specific services now and then.
An IEP Supports Your Child After High School
Contrary to popular belief, an IEP will stop supporting your child once they have completed high school. Also, special education does not extend into college or the workplace.
For this reason, students must receive the necessary help and support while still in school. That way, they will learn and develop the different skills that will help them succeed in the future.
IEPs can sometimes be challenging to understand. For this reason, many parents and teachers have incorrect ideas when it comes to the purpose and use of IEPs. For example, they may believe that every child who struggles to study will receive an IEP. Also, some parents believe that every service listed in the IEP will be provided to their child all the time.