Parents of ADHD Children
What good is an IEP if the classroom teachers can't implement?
My daughter is in the 4th grade - public school. She has a fairly detailed IEP (and, our annual review meeting is tomorrow). However, she is doing poorly in school - her test scores are low, her grades are terrible and her engagement is minimal. She rarely gets praise from her teachers, who are exasperated and express utter frustration at what we understand to be classic ADHD symptoms (making animal noises in class, doing pencil manicures, etc.). We often receive reports that she needs to be more compliant, listen better and learn to focus (in our heads we think “welcome to our world”). Despite offering up strategies and resources to the teachers, the situation is not improving. What can we expect of public school teachers? There are 9 kids on IEPs in her class, shouldn’t the classroom teachers (who all have many years experience in the system) have some basic knowledge and skill working with kids with special needs - especially in a system which uses a strategy of inclusion and has a goal of placement in the “least restrictive environment”? There is a special education person who is in the classroom - but her time is divided across a few grade levels and she doesn’t work miracles. Are we expecting too much? Are we just hitting our heads against a flawed system? We would appreciate your thoughts. Thank you, in advance.
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