Wednesday, November 19, 2014

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5 Steps to Identify Educational Disabilities

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As a parent, when your child is born you pray that all is well and you count all of their fingers and toes to make sure they are perfect. You have done everything right during your pregnancy and you have done everything to ensure that your child has the best life you can offer. As your child gets older you start to notice they are developing educationally different from other children. They are not reaching the milestones as other children. You start to blame yourself and wonder what you could have done wrong to make your child not be where they need to be educationally.

My cousin's child recently has gotten to school age. The teacher brought to her attention that he was behind the other children in school. He was not responding to certain activities or moving as fast as the other students educationally. He also was exhibiting signs of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The first thing she did was to refuse to believe her child was the problem student. She then decided that he needed additional services to function in a regular classroom environment. As an educator. I advised her to get him tested and if it is determined that he has some deficiencies, then do what's best for him and get him the services he needs.

Denial doesn't help your child

Too often as an educator, I see parents in denial as to why their child is under-performing. The reasons they reach for often range from the laziness of the child, to the genetic makeup of the father or mother. The truth is that it could simply be that the student needs additional services in order to thrive in the classroom environment.

I understand that there is a big debate in the black community about whether to see special education services. It is a known fact that sometimes our male students receive the label of special-ed because of their behavior. Often, however, the problem is that the student is lacking in some areas and with the correct support they can thrive. One suggestion I have is if you see that your student is not thriving, have the student tested so that they can get the services to support them.

Teachers are trained to identify students with issues

Many parents wait until their child gets to high school before they decide to get them tested. Usually after they have failed a quarter in school. Teachers are trained to identify students that are having issues. I make sure that I share with parents not be ashamed to reach out and get the services that they need.

These are some steps to getting the help you need.

1. Ask the student if they are having any problems that they recognize in academics.

2. Have conferences with your child's teacher, this will give you insight to things you don't see at home. School as well as social settings.

3. Speak to the special education coordinator about your concerns, and have your student evaluated. It may be determined that they don't have severe issues but need extra support.

4. Schedule a evaluation of your student in order to determine weak areas.

5. Follow up with teachers and special education coordinator for next steps.

There are different outcomes that can arise from this, ranging from your student being placed in a program that helps support them, or something as simple as extra time given to take a test. Whatever the outcome may be, just make sure you recognize what you can do to help your student grow and thrive in their education.

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