Frequently Asked Questions By Parent(s)/Guardian(s)
Q: How will my child feel about special education assessment or service?
A: It has been our experience that students like to go to the resource room. They like the rewards and success they experience in individual or small group settings. Many children leave their classrooms for a variety of reasons throughout the school day.
Q: What are typical classroom adaptations that can help my child?
A: The following is a list of commonly used classroom adaptations for a variety of needs:
- Extended time to complete assignments
- Extended time for tests
- Preferential seating
- Tests read aloud
- Responses recorded for the student
- Token reinforcement system in the classroom
- Use of a calculator when appropriate
- Shortened assignments (quality is stressed, not quantity)
- Alternative grading system
- Accommodations for state and district testing
Q: If my child receives special education, what will be missed if he/she leaves the classroom?
A: What the student misses from the classroom is determined on an individual basis by the IEP team. If a certain subject area is a very positive experience, we try not to pull the student during that time. If the total reading or math program is provided in the special education resource room, we serve the student during their classroom reading or math time.
Q: Can you predict how long my child will be in special education?
A: It is not possible to predict how long a child will need special education services. What we do know is that most children need some direct instruction to increase their skills. They need to learn how to compensate for their disability and capitalize on their strengths. The ultimate goal of special education is for students to eventually be dismissed from services. However, if needed, special education services are available through high school (and in some cases until the student turns 21). Students who receive special education are re-evaluated every three years to determine if there is a continuing need for service.
Q: Can my child be "cured?"
A: If a child is diagnosed with a disability, it is not something that can be "cured." Students can become very successful if they acquire the skills they need, capitalize on their strengths, and advocate for themselves to get necessary adaptations.