14 Feb Bonnie Yates Shares Advice on How to Handle the School System and More
There are many factors to take into account when creating an education plan for an autistic child. Selecting the right teachers and IEP are crucial to nurturing your child’s development.
Hear from Shannon Penrod of Autism Live as she interviews attorney Bonnie Yates, discussing the navigation of the education system as an autism parent.
What We Learned from this Video:
- Taking care of potty training and handling accidents can be a delicate issue, and aides may be hesitant to involve themselves. These subjects should be clearly defined in the child’s Individual Education Plan.
- If a teacher seems to dislike your child, have a meeting with them and treat them nicely. They may simply be stressed or not be used to working with an IEP.
- Meeting teachers beforehand at back-to-school nights can give you an idea of who will work best with your child.
- If a teacher proves that they just do not like your child, remove them from the class early. Teachers have an impact on a child’s self-esteem.
- If an IEP needs to be canceled, it does not necessarily need to be replaced with a 504 plan. A parent needs to give their consent for an IEP to be enacted, so simply withdrawing your consent will usually be enough to stop the IEP.
- Do not let the school force you into anything. Make sure you know what the IEP entails before you sign off on it, and ensure you are advised on any areas you do not understand.
Creating an effective Individual Education Plan and selecting the right teachers for your child are very important. Browse through our free videos on education and equip yourself with the knowledge you need to support your child with autism. Your child’s education plan is crucial to their developmental success.