Help for Kids and Parents struggling with learning environment - school

Due to high demand at this time and the individual attention given to each of our clients, Help for Kids and Parents is only taking cases for children ages 6-8 Grades 1-3.  We will continue to update our availability for those of you who fall out of this domain. OUR self-help downloads and links can still be of use and service to you.

Brief Phone Call – to get you on your way. (30 Minutes)

This is a time to meet and to see the child. A time to see the current education plan or to set up the steps to procure the plan from the school. A time to interview you and to see the family structure and the child’s routine throughout the day.

Action Plan:
This is when we review the current education plan in place for your child.

School Meeting:
We meet with the school to make sure the plan is actually being implemented.

Plan write up:
An easy-to-follow chart is created both for you at home and for the teachers at school.

School Write up Plan:
A more comprehendible write-up of your child’s current Individualized Education Plan (IEP) This is any service your child receives at school such as Learning Support, activity outside the classroom, accommodations in the lunchroom, or in virtual settings.

IEP Meeting:
Individual Education Plan Meeting, Student Student Team Meeting, 504 Plan Meeting – These meetings have different names and different purposes..

Meet at the School:
We actually go into the school ( or virtually join ) and make sure the plan is given to the school administration and teachers. All criteria in the plan ( Intervention Plan, 504 Plan, Individualized Education Plan, or other named plan that pertains to your child) are in an easy-to-read format with goals and accommodations in a chart. We take the time to walk any willing teacher and administrator through the chart ( the plan they created but, often, is not actually followed, is hard for parents to understand, and sometimes incomprehensible to the over-taxed teacher or teachers in the classroom)

Often Parents would like another person present who knows vernacular used when these meetings are held.   Parents often feel short changed, confused, or even given the “wait and see” message. It can be helpful to have someone else present at these meetings to push for testing, accommodations, and intervention. Each and every meeting is different and every need for every child varies. These meetings can be extremely effective with data and school-wide plans to help your child. Other times, parents get a “smoke and mirrors” game and are left feeling even more lost and confused. You can opt to have an advocate present, this is that service.

Intensive School Meeting:
Oftentimes, all the correct accommodations and intervention services are in writing, but not actually being done at the school in the school setting. This is valuable time lost. This is a time for us to go into the school (or virtually ) and see that the actual interventions are taking place.