Student Education Services

As described in your ready guide, not all children are the same. Therefore, all children may not learn the same way and at the same speed. Some children need special resources to help them become successful learners. Here are some tools that can help you help your child.

 
 
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What is an IEP? 

If your child receives special education services, he must have an Individualized Education Program (IEP). That’s the law. An IEP is an important legal document. It spells out your child’s learning needs, the services the school will provide and how progress will be measured.

Several people, including parents, are involved in creating the document. The entire process can be a great way to sort out your child’s strengths and weaknesses. Working on the IEP can help you figure out ways to help him succeed in school.

Creating an effective IEP often takes time, effort and patience. We’ll walk you through the legal language and procedures so it’ll be easier for you to participate. The more you know about the process, the better you can advocate for your child.

                                                                       Information obtained from Understood.org

 
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What is Dyslexia? 

Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability. Dyslexia refers to a cluster of symptoms, which result in people having difficulties with specific language skills, particularly reading. Students with dyslexia usually experience difficulties with other language skills such as spelling, writing, and pronouncing words. Dyslexia affects individuals throughout their lives; however, its impact can change at different stages in a person’s life. It is referred to as a learning disability because dyslexia can make it very difficult for a student to succeed academically in the typical instructional environment, and in its more severe forms, will qualify a student for special education, special accommodations, or extra support services.

                                                                         Information obtained from dyslexiaida.org

 
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Mental Health Warning Signs

 According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), a child or teen might need help if they:

  • Often feel very angry or very worried
  • Have difficulty sleeping or eating
  • Are unable to enjoy pleasurable activities they used to enjoy
  • Isolate themselves and avoid social interactions
  • Feel grief for a long time after a loss or death
  • Use alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
  • Exercise, diet, and/or binge eat obsessively
  • Hurt other people or destroy property
  • Have low or no energy
  • Feel like they can’t control their emotions
  • Have thoughts of suicide
  • Harm themselves (e.g., burning or cutting their skin)
  • Think their mind is being controlled or is out of control
  • Hear voices

                              Information obtained from the US Dept of Health & Human Services