It can be difficult for Parents of unique learners to understand what their student needs for success in the classroom. Parents of California special education students often feel overwhelmed by the school system and the steps they need to take to ensure their child has appropriate support. Regardless, parents are often the most effective and the most important advocates that special education students have.
The expert on children
The most effective expert for a child is usually the parent. No one is more qualified to speak on their behalf, advocate for interventions and more. Parents have the right to know exactly what is in their child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) and understand how the school intends to accomplish the IEP goals. During meetings regarding a child’s IEP, it may be helpful to have the student present as well.
The parents of a special education student will also benefit from understanding that there is no perfect, one-size-fits-all solution for developing an IEP. The plan should be custom-tailored to the unique needs of the individual student. An IEP should also be adjusted as needed as the child’s needs change.
Legal assistance for students and parents
Fighting for the needs of a special education student is not easy. It may be helpful to work with an experienced attorney while seeking insight on legal options and IEP assistance. In some cases, it may be necessary to take legal steps to ensure a student’s rights are protected.