Going outside the school

February 18, 2014 § 2 Comments

Tomorrow I am bringing my daughter to see a specialist to help us with making decisions about school as we move forward. I have always tried to handle everything in my own. Only once before did I have an outside person step in. In that instance it was very beneficial and extremely eye opening.

It’s hard for a parent to step outside the school to seek answers. We know when we do this it says to the school “I’m not so sure I trust you.” If it was a medical model we would be encouraged to seek a second opinion. Or even if we were making a huge financial decision it would be acceptable to consider all options. When we do this with the school it builds a little tension. It shouldn’t but it does.

In regards to my daughter we always seek outside evaluations for IEPs for a variety of reasons. One of those reasons is that the evaluators recommendations do not have the school’s financial needs or staffing plans in mind – instead the recommendations are written based on what’s best for my daughter.

I also can say as an educator I feel the opposite way sometimes about outside evaluations or people stepping in. I wonder how well they know the child or question if they understand the current setting. I am always interested to see how a child is portrayed outside the school setting.

The process is a catch 22.

In the case if my daughter, well, she has a rare disorder. (I recently saw a sign that said only 30,000 people in the Untied States have the Williams Syndrome.) Developing her educational plan takes specialized care and planning. Getting the school to understand that requires a lot of work.

I’m willing to do whatever it takes.

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§ 2 Responses to Going outside the school

  • Olive davis says:

    I have been reading your post. You could be me. Same.

  • Olive davis says:

    We have been visiting the children’s hospital since our daughter was 2years old. They have been assessing her abilities, cognitively, physically, and psychologically ever since. She has been followed by a team who consists of speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy and the Canadian institute for the blind. Also assessed annually by a technical aids team. Every year the team so specialists would send a report to the school of the assessment and send some suggestions that would work for our daughter. I must say it helped a lot. There was only one or two that may have taken offence to this. I’ll never understand why because it was never about them, but our daughter. We did everything we possibly could to make sure she was accommodated and her needs and strengths were accommodated and enhanced or improved. We have no regrets because we did everything we possibly could that we know of. If it helps go for it. I’m quite sure it will.

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