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By Valle Dwight
Enriquez’s daughter was offered speech therapy twice a week, and she brought her daughter to the school for the sessions for about four months, until she felt it was no longer effective. But the school never addressed her daughter’s reading issue. Ultimately, Enriquez turned to a private organization for help teaching her daughter to read.
For homeschooling parents who suspect their child has a learning disability, Jones suggests finding an expert within the school system who can tell you your rights and explain the process.
But realistically, he says, “it doesn’t always work that easily.” If that’s the case, he suggests checking with the state education department and finding its parent advocate or ombudsman to help guide you.
And don’t give up even if you’re in a state that does not mandate services for homeschoolers, Jones advises — it’s always worth asking.
“But if the first answer is no, that may well be the final answer,” he adds.
Jones has a few tips for parents of public school kids on IEPs who are thinking of homeschooling:
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