When the School Ignores Your Requests for Help
by Pat Howey
have asked and asked the school to give my child extra help. The school
never does anything."
The Parent Report
that parents always prepare for IEP meetings by writing a report to
give to the IEP team members.
Next, make a list of things that are difficult for your child. Here are some examples:
struggles in reading, science, and math
a list of what your child needs from the school. Look at your
lists of strengths and challenges. Make your list of needs fit the strengths
and challenges. Here are some examples:
needs special help in reading, science and English
Write only what is most important. Your goal is to get the IEP team to focus on the important areas. You can also write goals in your report.
Make enough copies of your report so everyone who attends the IEP meeting has a copy. After you think you've made enough copies, make a few more. You want to be sure you have enough copies of your report to go around.
tips about how to prepare for meetings, how to use a Parent Agenda and
an IEP Meeting Worksheet in From
Emotions to Advocacy (Chapters 25 and 26).
Howey is an advocate who has helped parents obtain special education services
and resolve special education disputes. Read more of Pat's answers to questions submitted by people just like you in Ask the Advocate.