Needs Help - Son Cannot Read
Suzanne Whitney, Research Editor, Wrightslaw
son was diagnosed with several learning disabilities and has other
issues as well. He is in a third grade regular education classroom.
He has an IEP and receives extra help for speech, reading and math.
Because the school recommended that he receive extra help for language,
I take him to a tutor twice a week. (I pay for this).
real problem is that my son cannot read. The teachers and principal
at his school are wonderful. They want my son to have an aide during
the day. The school board will not approve this. As
a single mother of three children and a college student myself, I
feel like I am being ignored. I do not know what to do or where to
need help from an advocacy group that can help me help my son. He
will be in fourth grade soon, and is running out of time. Any information
you have is greatly appreciated.
are right, your son needs to learn to read. I don't think that an
aide is the solution to his problem. Your son needs to be taught by
a teacher who has specialized training in how to teach children with
reading problems. Most aides do not have this training.
An advocate can help you work with the system, but the system you
are in is clearly broken.
think you should contact an attorney, not to initiate legal proceedings,
but to develop a strategy to educate your school district about what
is required of them under IDEA and to develop a plan to get an appropriate
education for your son.
and advocates often work together with parents to recommend strategies
that result in an appropriate education for a child. You may need
to talk to many people before you decide what to do and who to work
with. You will need to continue to be the "manager"
of your son's education plan, but you need to find people who
can help you put a good plan into place.
People involved in education know how hard it is to get effective
and timely services for children. Many will take the time to talk
with you, even if they are not exactly who you need. They may point
you to other people and resources that can help.
calling and emailing people. Ask questions until you find the help
you need to develop and implement a plan for your son's education.
If you are persistent, you will find the help you need.
Keep a log of who you talk to and your conversations. Later, you may
decide to re-contact some people you discounted at first. A record
of your calls will be a good resource for you later on.
For more ideas, read Special
Education Advocacy - Getting Started.
are links that will take you to people in your area who can help.
Start here -
Disability Law Center
2915 Classen Blvd., Suite 300
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
Phone: (405) 525-7755
Toll- Free: (800) 880-7755 outside the Oklahoma City dialing zone
Fax: (405) 525-7759
Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities
NICHCY Oklahoma State
Learning Disabilities Association (LDA) of Oklahoma
P.O. Box 1134
Jenks, OK 74037
(918) 298-1600; (800) 532-6365 (in OK)
Linda Modenbach, President
Call the IDA for a list of service providers in your area 410-296-0232
of the International Dyslexia Association serving Oklahoma
Autism Society of Central Oklahoma
PO Box 890963
Oklahoma City, OK 73159
Research Editor, Wrightslaw
Meet Sue Whitney
Sue Whitney of Merrimack, New
Hampshire, is the research editor for Wrightslaw.
Sue is the co-author of Wrightslaw: No Child Left Behind (ISBN: 978-1-892320-12-4) that is
published by Harbor House Law Press.
In Doing Your Homework, she
writes about reading, research based instruction, No Child Left Behind, and
strategies for using federal education standards to advocate for
and to improve public schools. Her articles have been reprinted by SchwabLearning.org, EducationNews.org, Bridges4Kids.org, The Beacon: Journal of Special Education Law and Practice, the Schafer Autism Report, and have been used in CLE presentations to attorneys. Sue Whitney's bio.
Sue has served on New Hampshire's Special Education State
Committee on the Education of Students/Children with Disabilities
has been a volunteer educational surrogate parent. She currently works with families as a special education advocate.
© 2002-2012 by Suzanne Whitney.
more articles by Sue:
Help for Children with Reading Problems
Exams Can Be Optional If You Plan Ahead
Parent's Guide to No Child Left Behind
Teachers, Principals & School Administrators Need to Know About