Many children in Florida have special needs and require extra help in school. If you believe your child needs special education, you can get them help so they can excel.
What is special education?
By law, special education is available to students who need extra assistance in school. Children who have learning disabilities, cognitive impairment or physical or behavioral disorders are eligible to obtain that extra help in the form of special education. There are various services available such as occupational and speech therapy, individualized education programs (IEPs) and additional services. Some kids are even able to have the help of a classroom aide.
What are the laws regarding special education?
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act gives young people up to age 21 who have disabilities the ability to receive free education that is appropriate for their needs. When they qualify for special education, they are entitled to any extra help they need. Their classes can be modified so that it’s easier for them to do well.
Children with disabilities can be enrolled in a special program that offers services and accommodations to help them learn. Therapy might be included depending on the child’s needs. IEPs are evaluated quarterly and annually to check the child’s progress.
What can you do to get help for your child?
If your child is still a toddler and you believe they have special needs, you may want to first discuss things with your doctor. Your child can be evaluated to determine whether they have an unseen disability by checking for regular milestones. An early intervention program can help.
If your child is older and already in school but having trouble, meet with the principal, teachers, school psychologist or guidance counselor to discuss your child being tested.
Special education is your child’s right if they struggle to keep up in school and have a disability. You can get them the help they need.