If your child is deemed to be a child with a disability under the law, the school district must then develop an IEP (Individualized Education Program) within 30 days of determining eligibility. The IEP has been described as the “centerpiece” of the IDEA system. This key document “sets out the child’s present educational performance, establishes annual and short-term objectives for improvements in that performance and describes the specially designed instruction and [related] services (OT, PT, Speech, Counseling, etc.) that will enable the child to meet those objectives.” D.D. ex. rel. V.D. v. NYC Bd. of Educ., 465 F.3d 503, 507-08 (2nd. Cir. 2006).
The IEP offered by the school district must be appropriately ambitious in light of your child’s unique circumstances and must enable him or her to make progress academically, emotionally, behaviorally, socially, and physically. The instruction must be specially designed for your child’s unique profile and the programs must be based upon peer-reviewed or scientifically-based research to the maximum extent possible.
If you haven’t seen growth in your child, if your child’s goals and objectives are simply repeated year after year, if your child’s behavior is getting worse instead of better, call us today to review your child’s IEP and to help you to create an appropriate, comprehensive program for your child.