IEP: Short for Individualized Education Program, an IEP is the legal document that defines a child's special education program. An IEP includes the disability under which the child qualifies for Special Education Services, the services the team has determined the school will provide, his yearly goals and objectives and any accommodations that must be made to assist his learning. (copied & pasted from about.com)
See those words I made larger and bolder? LEGAL DOCUMENT.
I'm at my wits end once again and September isn't even over.
I've been sitting on this for a little bit because I wanted to talk to people. Get other side of the story. See what my rights are.
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My child has ON HIS IEP one-on-one support for every minute he is at school. And I'm pretty sure that some of those other kids have the same.
These are kids that are prone to eloping, tantrums, and self-injurious behaviors. How is my child, and the other boys, safe in that environment with only one adult?
All because it was someone's bright idea to give the ed techs that are assigned to my son and other children like him "duties"- you know monitoring lunch, recesses, etc. And I know FOR A FACT that this has been asked about by parents AND teachers to have this changed because of safety concerns and it has NOT happened.
This ON TOP of already concerns about his educational goals being met. About the training the ed techs are getting on giving ABA instruction. This is after me going in two weeks ago to go over his program and ME having to explain to the person doing his instruction what the difference was between him knowing his sight words expressively and receptively.
If the person giving him his instruction didn't know the difference, how the heck am I suppose to put faith into the data she is taking? The data that shapes his programming and his IEP?
I feel like I have to be in school ALL the time to make sure things are going the way they are suppose to. It's like a full-time job. I can't do it. I have a full-time job already! I shouldn't have to do it. I should have a school and professionals that I can put my trust and faith in that my son receives the top-notch education he deserves. And that he's freaking safe in his school environment. Is that too much to ask?!?
This is our third year now in school and I keep trying to be optimistic that this time they've got it figured out. But they don't. I'm done. Done, done, done.