Children who have ASD, down syndrome or ADHD have the right to proper education just as much as their neurotypical peers. Although the education they get can be parallel to that of regular students, they need a specialized educational plan that’s tailored to their specific needs, strengths and ability to adapt to their surroundings.
If you are a parent with a special needs child, you must be already aware of how important personalized education is. Given that each child with special conditions has different needs to be addressed, IEP or Individualized Educational Plans are necessary to help children achieve their full potential and fare best in real-world settings.
Today, we will be discussing just how important IEPs are and how it benefits your child with special needs.
What Is An IEP?
Individualized Educational Plans are made to ensure that children with special needs receive the education they deserve. Creating an IEP is a process that involves careful assessments and evaluation. Specialists then decide the necessary support. Several allied health professionals, such as specialists in ABA therapy or occupational therapy, will be with you along the process. Roles, especially yours as a parent will be defined and accommodations will be set to ensure your child gets the best education.
Regular IEP meetings are also conducted to check your child’s progress and if changes and adjustments can be made to further improve your child’s education. That being said, let’s go over what makes IEPs crucial to your child’s development.
IEPs Focus On Attainable And Measurable Goals
Designed with your child’s strengths in consideration, IEPs focus on achieving goals that are realistic, attainable and measurable. These are important factors that make IEPs effective. Since it is an ongoing process, changes to improve can be done along the way. A realistic time-frame is also established in achieving such goals. This way, your child is provided with the opportunity to achieve small, but significant milestones.
IEPs Are A Holistic Way To Celebrate Your Child’s Strengths
IEPs take advantage of your child’s areas of strength. By taking notes of your child’s likes, dislikes and interests, the most effective activities and the best possible academic structure are put together and shaped into a continuously evaluated learning scenario. Moreover, IEPs do not only focus on your child’s academic development but also consider their social and emotional growth. This can include activities that build their communication skills and empathy and support them in establishing relationships with people around them.
IEPs Respond To Your Child’s Challenges
It is an ongoing process of collecting data that corresponds to your child’s challenges. IEPs often progress towards adulthood and can tackle areas self-dependency and potentially employability. This helps your child grow to become an adult that can better contribute to society.
The process of getting your child’s IEP entails hard work and dedication. IEPs ensure that children with special needs reach their fullest potential. It is also meant to secure their right to education and participate in regular school culture. Inclusive classrooms exist for this reason. If you have a child who requires an IEP, you can always speak to our experts at the Pulse Therapy And Learning Center.