What to do if you think your child needs
Asking the Right Questions at the Beginning
believe your child requires special education services, it is important that
you ask the right questions from the start. Talk to your child's current
teacher to find out if there are supports available within the general
education setting at the school that he or she already attends. Those kinds of
supports might be all your child needs.
offer supports like Academic Intervention Services (AIS), reading remediation
programs, and counseling. It may also be possible to adapt your child's general
education program without special education services.
Does Your Child Need Additional Supports?
talking to your child's teacher and school, you may feel that your child needs
additional support. In that case, you may refer your
child for a special education evaluation, which is a series of evaluations to
determine if your child has a disability. You can make a referral for a special
education evaluation at any time.
Questions to Ask the Teacher:
- What do the grades on my child's report card mean? Is he/she doing the kind of work that is expected?
- How do I know if my child understands what I am reading to him
- What sorts of questions should I ask my child as we read
- How can I help my child if he/she is struggling with math
- What are some math learning activities I can do at home or in
- Does my child get along well with the other students in school?
- Does my child have any difficulty following directions or doing
what is asked of him or her?
- What do you do if that happens in class?
- What can you tell me (what have you noticed) about how my child
- Are there any additional services during school or after school
that could help my child?
- If so, how can we get that extra help for my child?
- What are some things I can do at home to help my child do
her/his best in school?