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I think we need support at home for my child who struggles with ADHD, time management, language deficits, behavior struggles, etc… Now what?

adhd dyslexia executive functioning iep testing Oct 25, 2022

You’ve had the IEP meeting, everything is agreed upon, and you feel like you finally are experiencing the collaborative IEP process you’ve been looking for, but something is missing.

You still feel like you could use more support at home or maybe you have a sneaking suspicion that something is being missed when it comes to supporting your child at school. 

You don’t even know what to look for, but your parent gut is keeping you up at night.

As a parent, I completely understand the need to feel settled in knowing that you’ve done everything possible to help your child. And when you feel unsettled, like you’re missing something, everything feels in your day feels off.

I tell parents and teachers all the time that we are limited in the school system when it comes to IEPs because the law states a child is to receive a “Free and Appropriate Public Education”, not that a child is to receive the best education.

And as parents, we always want what’s best. 

So when a parent reaches out to me and tells me that the school is doing a good job, but they feel like something is being missed or they need support at home, we go on a search.

First, we search through all the current data. Are all the deficits in the data being addressed in the IEP?

Next, we look at the last set of big evaluations. Did the school cover all the areas of concern in their testing? 

Then, we look at when testing is due again and if we should request any testing in areas sooner than the scheduled testing date. If needed, we make the request for testing (in writing), ASAP.

Finally, we discuss whether there is any testing that might benefit your child that the school is not obligated to do. And that’s where things can get complicated… what testing should we consider? Does insurance cover it? What do we do once we get the testing results?

In the past, I was limited to walking parents through finding resources in their local area. This often meant getting on a very long waitlist to get tested for concerns such as Dyslexia, ADHD, and behavior struggles. 

Fortunately, now we have options like Parallel Learning that can provide testing and services (virtually) with no waitlist and often a lower cost than local providers. 

I know how challenging it can be to get educational and therapeutic support beyond IEP services. 

Parallel offers a wide array of services, including:

  • Psycho-educational assessments
  • Executive function coaching
  • Educational tutoring (Orton Gillingham, Barton, Wilson)
  • Behavioral therapy (CBT) and counseling
  • Speech and language therapy and assessments

I reached out to Parallel and shared how I love to work with parents and teachers to build better IEPs, but sometimes families are looking for more than the school system is obligated to provide or they need support at home.

Parallel gave me a discount code for you! Use the code: IEPCOACH for $250 off a psycho-educational evaluation and 50% off your first month of educational support or therapy. 

I will always want you to get the most out of your child’s IEP, but I also know that as a parent you are always searching for what else you can do. That’s where Parallel Learning can help!

Remember, your parent instincts are strong for a reason. Follow them. You got this.

Catherine Whitcher, M.Ed
Master IEP Coach® Mentorship, Founder
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