-Children with learning disabilities are among the most likely victims of bullying.
-Students with disabilities already have academic challenges, and when bullied it affects their education.
-Bullying a person with a disability can be considered a form of harassment and the Federal Law Disabilities Education Act requires that each child who has a disability must receive free appropriate education.
If you suspect your child has a learning disability or ADHD first you must get a proper diagnosis. To get additional information go to https://ldaamerica.org
Once your child is diagnosed it is important that the school and parents work together!
Parents need to advocate for their children and make sure they get the appropriate services--listen and observe your child in and out of school.
Attend IEP Meetings and below are list of questions to ask:
Questions to Ask During the IEP Meeting
How does everyone at the meeting know or work with my child?
Could you tell me about my child’s day so I can understand what it looks like?
Can you explain how what you’re seeing from my child is different from other kids in the classroom?
Could we walk through the current program and IEP plan piece by piece?
How is my child doing in making progress toward his IEP goals?
What changes in goals would the team recommend?
Is this a SMART goal?
How is this goal measured and my child’s progress monitored?
How will my child be assessed according to grade level?
Who will work on that with my child? How? When? Where and how often?
What training does the staff have in this specific intervention?
What does that accommodation/instructional intervention look like in the classroom?
What support will the classroom teacher have in putting these accommodations/interventions into place?
What can I do at home to support the IEP goals?
I’d like to see the final IEP before agreeing to any changes suggested at this meeting. When can I see a copy?
When will the changes to his program begin?
How will we let my child know about any program changes?
Can we make a plan for keeping in touch about how everything is going?
May I have a copy of the notes the teacher referenced during this meeting?
If I have questions about the information I’ve been given about my child’s rights, who’s the person to talk to for answers?
Who’s the person to contact if I want to call another meeting?
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