6th grade special education child

Kimberly - posted on 02/11/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I have a son in the 6th grade who has been a special education student since preschool. His reading level is third grade. We recently moved to our first duty station and the school system here is learning on a far higher level than our last one. Although this is good in some respects it has caused a lot of stress for my son. Most nights we spend 3 hrs a night doing homework, sometimes longer. He has become very frustrated n started to completely shut down on us. Some of the subject matter is very technical and the words they give him to spell are words that he can't even sound out to read. We have a meeting with the school on Monday to discuss these things. Any suggestions on how to make the teachers understand that we still want him to learn, but the lessons need to be toned down?

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Amy - posted on 09/25/2011

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get a iep, for him, and the school needs to follow that, no matter what. Also call the disablity right center.1-800-452-1948/ www.DRCME.org. I am going through the same thing with my daughter.

Julia - posted on 02/13/2010

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It sounds like he is not appropriately placed. I would start out with that as your concern, and ask what can be done to help him get the help he needs to be successful. Our school district has some "pull out" classes that let kids stay with their peers for nonacademic subjects, but to learn at their achievement level for reading, writing, math, etc. You might ask if there are options like that for your son. I don't know if your state has IEPs (Individual Education Plans) but there should be something that says what accommodations he needs to make school successful for him.

Deanna - posted on 02/13/2010

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My son was tested in Grade 4 and he was reading at a Grade 1 level and just as far behind in Math. You just need to fight for your child. Demand an Individualized Program Plan (IPP) for your child. This will allow you and the teacher to plan what are your goals for the year. They don't necessarilly need to be the same at the grade he is in. Here we have coding. They get help according to their code. Check and see what you need to do to qualify him for a teacher's aide and additional help. My son is in a Strategies class where they work with him on an individual basis to meet their goals. You can also ask for a part time aide where they help him in the classes he struggles with. Work with your teachers. And be his advicate. Set the timer for one hour of homework and anything over that you write him a note or talk to the teacher. We let the teacher know that is all we would allow him to do. We also made arrangement that on homework that we would only do every second question, etc. Let your teacher know that you are in charge ultimately and they are causing too much stress on your son. If the teacher does not listen go to the principal. We had to fight for three years to get him coded. You may have to too. Be diligent.

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