Is your Student Ready to Go Back to School? August 26, 2014

By Susan C. Stone

Your child might need some educational or behavioral support before heading back to school this September. If your child has ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, autism, social issues with peers, or learning challenges, you might require a 504 Plan or IEP Plan.

You might need a team of advocates and therapists to help you decide the best plan for your child.

Some accommodations to help your child succeed in school that can be implemented:

  • Preferential seating
  • Extended time for testing
  • Modification of test format and delivery
  • Modifications in classroom and homework assignments
  • Computer-aided instruction
  • Alternative textbooks or books on tape
  • Before or after school tutoring/homework assistance
  • Bullying and/or behavior plan
  • Reinforce self-monitoring and self-recording of behaviors
  • Use of positive behavioral management strategies
  • Providing a backpack check to keep your child’s homework and assignments organized

Susan Stone understands the intricacies and sensitivity needed to help her clients who are suddenly faced with emotionally-charged and difficult situations. Because she is familiar with the intricacies in dealing with school systems/school administrations, Ms. Stone is able to successfully navigate the protocols and bureaucracy of education law cases.

Does your child receive good grades but is constantly in trouble or struggles to make friends?

Fear not. Although your child might perform well scholastically, there are many factors, independent of educational support, which can positively contribute to your child’s overall well-being. It is simply untrue that if your child is advancing from grade to grade at a normal level, or even faster than normal, that they do not need behavioral support. The unfortunate reality, however, is that some institutions do not believe that a child that performs well or satisfactorily should be afforded additional assistance. Consequently, some schools refuse to test or examine children for behavioral issues reasoning that smart children do not deserve help. I am here to tell you that this is not only wrong, but I can help.

In Ohio, each school district must ensure that free appropriate public education is available to any child with a disability, even though that child has not failed or been retained in a course, and is advancing from grade to grade. Though most parents associate Individualized Education Plans (“IEPs”) or Section 504 Plans with learning challenges, with the right person advocating on behalf of your child, these plans can be tailored to fit your child’s behavioral needs. However, in order to create the most beneficial plan for your child, lines of communication must be established with the school; quite clearly, someone needs to ensure that your child is given the care that they deserve, and most importantly, the care that they need. Accordingly, someone familiar with education law and children’s rights needs to be the voice of reason in these sometimes unfortunate situations. Someone is needed who will not back down when school systems decide that our children are not worth the money to test.

Your child means the world to you. When your child with special needs is suffering, you suffer too.  When a school decides to remove services that help your child to progress; or is not following you child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) do you know your child’s rights?  By law, children are entitled to appropriate educational services – however, a school may make decision that you do not agree with, and by doing so, cause your child harm.  If this happens you can reach out to a special education attorney like Susan Stone.  If you feel your child is not receiving an appropriate education, let Ms. Stone help.  There is nothing more important than a good education and your child deserves the same opportunities as other children.

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