Every child is unique, and these unique differences are sometimes a reflection of how some students process information. For this reason, some children require different types of support in order to learn and function in the classroom. The intent of the California special education system is to provide students with the chance to obtain the help and support they require for a reasonably full educational experience. As a parent, you may have questions regarding how to get your child this type of assistance.
The ways that the special education system can help your child depend on the specific needs he or she has. An evaluation of your child’s needs can determine how the school system can provide him or her with the specific types of support needed to succeed in the classroom. It may be helpful for you to learn how you can secure a proper evaluation for your child and what you can expect from the school and educators.
Provisions from the special education system
Special education provides a range of support for students who have unique learning needs. All students have the right to a free public education, which means that qualifying students could be eligible for the following types of support in the classroom:
- Occupational therapy to assist with daily activities in the classroom
- Speech therapy to help with with communication and social skills
- Supplemental services, like the provision of an aide for that student in class
- Counseling support to address social-emotional struggles
As a parent, you have the right to advocate for your child if you believe that he or she requires special education services. Obtaining the necessary supports for students often starts with an assessment, and you may be entitled to ask for this if your child has a known or suspected disability that requires special education.
Fighting for educational rights
Special education students have important rights and protections. If you believe that your child is not getting the help they need, you may benefit from seeking legal advice in order to understand if legal action is appropriate.