Get an IEP

by Deborah Woodruff
(Austintown, ohio)

All children learn differently, If you think your daughter needs extra help you have a right to fight for it. Your school by law has to follow an IEP. Individual Education Program which you can get for her. Ask your Pediatrician or your family doctor where she can get tested, and an Iep done for her.


Your daughter has rights. She is entitled to an education, the best the school can give her and if that means they have to go above and beyond, OH WELL, that's the Law! You will have to be the one to fight for her! Start getting info, anywhere and from everyone. Just start asking and you will get some answers for what your rights are. Good Luck and God bless. You have your work cut out for you! Bubby

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Mar 12, 2011
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Wanting an IEP
by: Anonymous

Well in grade 4 they tested me for an IPE and said that I didn't have one but to put me in spical groups to help with spelling and writing. But they didn't help me at all. So now I'm in grade 10 and a sub-teacher thinks that I have an IEP. So i talked to my school about getting tested they said i couldn't because I had passed in grade 4. But i can't spell most things that a grade 8 can spell and I have worst spelling then my younger brother and he has an IPE. Can i get retested or no?

Oct 24, 2010
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I need help
by: Anonymous

Im trying to find out the qualifications for an IEP. The district is telling me a learning disability is the only way, but my son does not have a learning disability. He has ODD (oppositional defiance disorder) and ADHD and his behavior has him failing ever since the 1st grade (he is now in the 5th)I would love any advice you can give. hmwilliams@ftc-i.net

Oct 12, 2009
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Getting past IEP denial.
by: Anonymous

If you do not get qualified when the school tests your child, request and Independent Educational Evaluation. By law the school has to grant it and PAY for it, but you get to use the doctor that YOU choose. Make sure they are good, but most likely the results will be far different than what you got with the school. Good Luck.

Feb 13, 2009
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Daughter ADHD, SPD and no help from school
by: Frustrated mom38

My 4th gr daughter is ADHD, recently dx w/SPD (also has spastic bladder, cross-eyed (glasses), lazy R eye, has headaches)and yet the school is totally uninterested in anything the professionals have to say about my child's needs. As far as they are concerned, and I quote from principal and counselor, "She is fully capable, manipulating the system, failing 4th grade because she refuses to do the work, therefore its not our problem."

She qualifies for what they are calling a sufficient 504 plan (3rd yr review)but I am not signing it this year. She is flunking 4th grade, consistently in trouble for reacting in class (duh)and they will not consider another theory for her actions other than she is manipulating and a "behavioral child" Help!

Feb 11, 2009
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Actually....
by: School Employee

Actually the law (IDEA) does not indicate anywhere to go above and beyond. It behooves you to do your own research of the law before you place obligation on others. Districts want to help kids. Teachers do so for a meager salary. Please remember to be thankful to those who choose that path in life. They are the people who really care about your child, money or recognition aside.

Feb 11, 2009
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Make a difference in the world
by: Anonymous

People who go into education go into it to make a difference in the world. Meet any teacher or therapist that works in a school setting and you will learn that they ALWAYS go above and beyond. Unlike the private sector, school personnel do it for the pleasure of helping kids in need and not financial gain. The saying that you catch more flies with honey will take you and your child farther in life than "fighting."

Jan 02, 2009
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Get an IEP
by: Carolyn

I teach Special Needs students who all have IEPs. In my school district a child has to be tested and qualify for Special Education services. Once they qualify then an IEP is made up by a Special Education teacher and then implemented by either the Special Ed teacher or the Regular ed teacher depending on the type of services and/or disability the child has.

Contact your local school district administration for more information on Special Ed services. Also if the school district denies you services you have a right to disagree and if get a liason who can help you fight for your child's rights.

Dec 31, 2008
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IEP is a must!!
by: Laura

I have 8 year old twins that both have SPD. My one daughter, Hannah had her first IEP at age 4. This was done through our school districts preschool program. Do the IEP. It makes all the difference. Your child will need the resources that can only be provided when an IEP is done. Both my daughters now have IEPs. The process can be confusing so see if your PTA has a special needs liaison.

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