IEPs for 2013-2014 School Year: What else can parents do?

The long summer break has begun. Perhaps your children may be home this summer. They may be playing at a pool; they be playing on the baseball field or football field. They may be playing with their friends in your neighborhood. They may be working. They may be  participating in an extended school year programing.  What they are doing, school may be the furthest thing from their minds.   As parents, you definitely need a break this summer as well.  It may have been a tough school year or a good school year for your children.  You might already be thinking what the next school year will bring?  Teachers are also on summer break. Some may be participating in post-school semester activities at their home school or at the school board office. Some have gone on vacation. Other teachers may be home thinking about next school year too.  We all have our own thoughts about the next school year. It is just a matter of when those thoughts begin.  For some, the thoughts do not really end but ebb and flow like the tide. For others, school is placed in the far reaches of the mind like a moon revolving around a planet.  It is out of sight and out of mind.

As parents, you can thinking about the successes of your child during the past school year. Did he or she make adequate educational progress?  Did he or she have appropriate related services such as occupational, physical and speech and language therapy?  Did the school provide enough related services or not enough?  Do you think the IEP goals and objectives for your child were met?  If not, why?  Was your child placed in the least restrictive environment? Was you child placed in a class with other children with disabilities or did he or she spend most of the day with non-disabled peers?  There are many other special education issues to think about for your child.  For now, you deserve a break.  It is just June and the official season of summer is just a few weeks  ahead.

So I will take a little break too for this blog.  I will be back soon.  In the meantime, if you have any questions or would like to post, I would love to hear from you.