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Is there a downside to IEP


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rgb123 March 9, 2011


I just got back from a neuro/psych eval. for my 9 year old, 3rd grader. She has had speech & language issues before but now has a diagnosis of mixed receptive-expressive language disorder, math disorder, visual perceptual issues & developmental motor coordination. moderate to severe.

A 504 isn't enough she will need an IEP. What are the downside to an IEP?

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TeacherParent March 11, 2011


There are no real downsides to an IEP. It's longer than a 504 - I'm generalizing but if you think of it that way it can help to not be worried about it.
IEPs are often filled with educational terms and written in very stilted language. Your concern is that your daughter get all they can give her.

Her new diagnosis to me would suggest that she should be getting some physical and/or occupational therapy for her motor coordination. There are also activities and exercises you can do at home to help her develop her motor coordination. Don't leave it entirely to the school - talk to your family doctor or pediatrician about that. Your health insurance might cover it. Do an Internet search and you'll find 'can't hurt and could only help' exercises for motor coordination.

Have her vision tested by an eye doctor - if she doesn't need glasses, then her IEP should mandate that she get a seat in the front of the classroom - always.

I don't know what they mean by 'math disorder' - that's too general and says nothing - all I could suggest there is that someone help her with math. Maybe the school will offer that she work in their Resource Room for math.

Mixed receptive-expressive language disorder is little different from 'speech and language issues' - that's not new. But for a child with those issues, every night someone should reading outloud to her for a good 15 minutes in books she enjoys. Every night if possible - her learning centers for language in her brain need to be exposed to language and reading as much as possible. It can only help and not hurt. Listen to books on tape in the car.
And she should be reading herself - every night - for another 15-20 minutes in books that are VERY easy for her to read. That will help her to build her reading skills. Practice like that is crucial.
Even if her IEP doesn't say so. Schools - sadly - can only do so much but there's a Lot that can be done at home to help her with these issues.



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