View Full Version : alternative curriculm with iep?

07-28-13, 12:09 AM
I was curious if I can get my son an alternative curriculum in the public school system? Mostley in reading. He is supposed to be going into third, but is entering second, and reads at kinder level.

07-28-13, 06:22 PM
Does your son have an IEP? If not, send a certified letter (return receipt requested) to the school outlining your concerns about his reading level and ask that they evaluate him for special services. Find out who is in charge of special education at your school and address it to that person. The school must respond within a certain amount of time and set up the evaluation. I'm not sure what the time period is, but you can find it at There is also an abundance of information on that site pertaining to special education and yours and your child's rights. Here is a sample letter you can adjust to your child's individual situation.

Dear Mr/Ms. [name]:
I would like to request an evaluation of my son/daughter [full name and student ID# or date of birth] for his/her eligibility for special education provisions (IDEA) and/or Section 504 accommodations. I have been concerned that he/she is not progressing well in school and that he/she may need some special help in order to learn. He/she is in the [grade level and name of current teacher].
During the last two years, both of his classroom teachers have noted that he has substantial problems completing assignments, problems with excessive motor behavior, and impulsivity. Please note that Dr. Verywell Qualified [your doctor's name] has recently evaluated and diagnosed my son/daughter as having Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Because Dr. Verywell Qualified [your doctor's name] was concerned that his/her ADHD was resulting in decreased alertness and impairment in school performance and learning, he/she requested us to pursue these school-based evaluations, in order to get my son/daughter the help he/she needs.
I understand that the evaluation is to be provided at no charge to me. My reasons for requesting the procedure are [keep this paragraph short, but give one or two reasons for your concern about your child].
I would appreciate meeting with each person who will be doing the evaluation before he/she tests my child so that I might share information about [child's name] with him/her. I will also expect a copy of the written report generated by each evaluation so that I might review it before the meeting.
It is my understanding that I have to provide written permission for these tests to be administered, and I will be happy to do so upon receipt of the proper forms and explanation of the process.
Please contact me at your earliest convenience so that we may begin the next steps in planning for an evaluation.

07-28-13, 06:42 PM
He has an IEP, but a bad one. I'm going to request a review of it when school starts again because he is just falling farther and farther behind. I want him to learn to read more than anything, but having him do the same work as the other second graders isn't going to work. And holding him back, yet again is a no. So I was curious if I could ask that he have curriculum at his level in reading preferably a different one than the one they been using because that's not working.
I'm also going to find out what the credentials are of everyone who works with my son. He needs a certified reading teacher or I will just homeschooling him.

07-28-13, 08:50 PM
it sounds like the school is doing the minimum they could get away with. They should be providing him with some type of reading resource. I would advise you to find a advocate to take to the IEP review. They are very helpful and most times they are volunteers. There is a list of organizations by State on the Wrightslaw site that provide advocacy. Or you could probably google Special Education Advocates in Texas.

Ms. Mango
07-28-13, 10:40 PM
Yeah--agree with ccom5100. They can't just tell you that there are no resources. If they can't provide the appropriate resources they are supposed to find another delivery method--even if that means sending him to another school on their dime.

The point of an IEP is to help the student catch up to his classmates, in any case he should not be regressing! Steps should have been taken at the end of the first year on the IEP when it was determined that he wasn't making progress and was in fact falling further behind. Retention is not a solution--he's been retained and is now even further behind!

Here's my question--do they understand why your son has such difficulty learning to read? Have they done testing, or suggested you have him tested independently, or offered to pay for an outside specialist to test him? He may have a learning disability in addition to ADHD. Pulling him out of school and teaching him yourself may not work if you don't get to the root cause of his difficulties.

If you haven't had a chance to already, take a look at the Wrightslaw site--google it. I'm pretty sure they have resources there that can help you find an advocate. I agree with others--you may want to have someone like an advocate go with you to meet with the school.

Once you're there (the Wrightslaw site) I hope you get fired up--this school is either filled with incompetent baboons or they are really taking advantage of you and the fact that you don't know your (son's) rights. The site has many examples of court cases where parents have prevailed against school districts that don't follow the law. Or pretend to not know the law. Or assume parents don't know the law.

07-29-13, 09:48 PM
I took him for testing for diagnosis today. He basicly refused to do the reading, spelling and math. Then balled up and hid/cried in the corner for the rest of the visit (what he does in school when overloaded).
I won't get the results until next weds. But she kept saying she thought it was mostley a behaviour issue and he needed counseling. But she not the one that makes the diagnosis.

I had to fill out a ton of questionnaires, like the aspergers quiz and such. We shall see.

He has been tested by the school. Not dyslexic. Just say its adhd. It's like that's all they see.

I'm going to start calling advocates in the morning. Thanks everyone

Ms. Mango
07-30-13, 01:46 PM
I got the behavioral thing too when my DS was struggling with reading. I don't know if it is true in your DS's case, but doubted it with my DS. Yeah, he has his issues, but I didn't think he was deliberately choosing not to learn to read. Sometimes I find when you have a hammer everything looks like a nail. But you can't always blame ADHD for everything.

Has your son had his vision checked recently? If not, now's a good time to get it done before school starts. I took my DS to a developmental optometrist. Although he had no problems passing the quickie eye exams at school and his pediatrician (20/20 vision), DS had a vision problem that was easily corrected with glasses. After that his ability to read really took off.

Could it be ADHD and nothing more? Possibly. But I wonder if there isn't something else.

08-14-13, 03:37 PM
Too bad the school isn't stepping up!