If your child needs an IEP (Individualized Education Program), you are probably very concerned about distance learning. The benefit of an IEP is that it has been developed specifically for your child to address their special education needs. It’s a relief to know that your child can receive the help that he or she needs. However, with distance learning being implemented in some districts, you may need to amend, or modify your current IEP. You want to make sure that you still have the confidence that a team of specialists is working with your child to ensure they receive the best education possible.
What happens when distance learning comes into play? How will the team become accessible? Who will monitor your child’s behaviors, skill growth, and social structure?
The school should definitely work with you to come up with a plan that will work for you and your child. In a perfect world that would happen with little to no prompting, however on occasion, or especially during a health crisis, you may need some assistance.
An educational advocate is often necessary to make sure that your child’s school is getting the appropriate services in place. Especially in the time of distance learning, you will need to make sure that the school is prepared to virtually afford your child the care they need for their special needs.
An educational advocate will help facilitate that for you, and will understand the services available to you. You can use an educational advocate to negotiate on your behalf to get the plan into place as necessary. Educational advocates can work with the Board of Education, the providers in your child’s individual school, and even their teachers to ensure that you are all set up to start your distanced school year.
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