My daughter is an 18 year old junior who misses school because of migraines. She has an IEP for reading problems. The Special Ed teacher doesn’t believe she has headaches, interferes in everything, and tries to control everything my daughter does.
My daughter says she gets nothing from special ed. She wants to quit. Can we discontinue services?
You ask a good question, one that many parents struggle with.
You need more information before making any decisions about discontinuing services and the IEP.
Get an Evaluation
It would be a good idea to have your daughter evaluated by a psychologist in the private sector.
A comprehensive evaluation will give you invaluable information about:
- where your daughter is functioning
- how much progress she’s made in the special ed program
The evaluator can also help you decide if it’s time to cut the cord to special ed.
Finding a Qualified Evaluator
Since your daughter’s problems are related to reading and/or language, look for an evaluator who has expertise in that area.
Start your search for a qualified evaluator at the website of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA).
The IDA has provider lists by state.
If you do cut the IEP cord, you would be wise to keep your daughter on a Section 504 plan.
Read this article to help you understand the benefits of transitioning from an IEP to a 504 plan.
Your daughter is a junior in high school and may want to continue her education after high school.
A current evaluation will be helpful in getting accommodations for college or continuing education.