Services Provided in the School System for Your Child with Autism
When a child with autism attends school, she will have specialized treatments and aids to succeed. The school can address the needs pertaining to the child’s autism. This will help the student to be successful. With everyone working together your child with autism will be provided the best education available.
The Law – The Individuals With Disabilities Act
Meeting the needs of all students with disabilities in a free and appropriate public education setting was ensured through the passage of the Individuals with Disabilities Act. The legislation requires that special education be provided to children who have special needs as long as they meet the stated requirements; children with autism meet the requirements.
A Right for Your Child -Free and Appropriate Education
An education that does not have a cost to the parent or caregiver and meets the needs of the child is a free and appropriate education. This education promotes learning and progress for the child.
Learning in The Environment That is Least Restrictive
When children with disabilities are in school settings where they learn and socialize with other children without disabilities, they are in a least restrictive setting. When possible, a child with autism will continue in a regular classroom as long as their educational needs are being met.
The school or the parent can request an evaluation to determine the special needs of the child. If as a parent you feel the need for an evaluation, you can make a written request to the school. The school will send a release to your home requesting your permission to so the evaluation. The evaluation will test for the full range of learning disabilities as well as behavioral and mental health issues. At the completion of the testing, a team meeting with you and the school will be held to discuss the services needed by your child.
The IEP – Your Child’s Individual Education Plan
An Individual Education Plan (IEP)is the plan developed to explain the services your child will receive through social education services. The team that develops the IEP includes the evaluators, the teachers, and the student’s family. The IEP outlines the services needed for the child to receive an appropriate education.
On the IEP, the services that the student will get are stated. If the items listed on the IEP are not providing success for the student, another IEP can be held. The finishing of assignments, ample time to complete the services or assessment of the child’s progress or assistance given to the student may be documentation the IEP. Annually or by the parents asking, the IEP will be reviewed and again completed. Parents always have the option of a new IEP being developed any time they request it.