If your child is struggling in school and does not have an IEP, you should immediately ask your child’s school to evaluate your child for all suspected disabilities.  A comprehensive evaluation can reveal if your child has cognitive, academic, behavioral, or emotional impairments that may be impeding your child’s access to the learning environment.  Once you have all evaluations needed, the school should be able to advise you as to whether your child has a disability that may be impeding their access to the learning environment.

If the evaluations reflect that your child does have a learning or emotional disability, then an IEP that is tailored to the unique needs of your child should be crafted so that your child can access the learning environment.  The IEP must have a statement of the child’s present levels of academic achievement and functional performance.  Your child’s IEP must also include a statement of measurable annual goals to address the child’s present levels of academic achievement and functional performance.

Once the IEP has been crafted in a way that is narrowly tailored to meet the needs of your child, your child should be better suited to access the learning environment.  If, however, your child continues to struggle in school, then it would be wise to call a special education attorney.  An experienced special education attorney can help you client determine if your child’s school deprived your child of special education services that your child is entitled to.  Moreover, an experienced special education attorney can ensure that the school district is held responsible for appropriately educating the student and compensating the student for previously denied services. Aziz Jewell & Mendoza represents parents in a variety of educational matters, including special education. If your child is not receiving the services they are entitled to we can help.

The information contained in this article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to constitute legal advice or create an attorney-client relationship.  Further, the materials in this article are general in nature and may not apply to your particular circumstances.  Every case is different and prior results do not guarantee future success.