Long Island Child Psychologist – How to Recognize When Your Child Needs IEP and the Benefits of IEP?

Is your child struggling in school, has trouble paying attention, has trouble sitting still, not understanding the material or extremely disorganized? These are signs that can point to your child having a learning disability.  In New York that extra help given to child with a learning disability comes in the form of an IEP.

Parents, you have the responsibility to fulfill the basic needs of your children. If you notice signs that your child is struggling physically or mentally seek help.  There is a huge support system in place through both your school district and your county to ensure your child gets all of the help they need to be successful.

Need help navigating this new territory of IEP’s or want an advocate that understands the system to get your child all of the services they deserve? To fully understand your child’s mental and emotional development and behavior we suggest seeking private help. At Behavioral Consulting Long Island your child is our first priority. We are here to help you understand your child’s issues, help resolve them and ensure that your child receives the free services they deserve.

Healthy mental growth is is marked by a child developing the abilities to think and respond clearly, have good social behavior and is ability to learn and apply new skills. If, as a parent, you notice any problem in your child which hinders his or her abilities to learn new skills you must discuss with the school’s authorities about Individualized Education Program (IEP) for your child.

What is an IEP?

Children who have a disability, find the regular teaching system harder to understand and have alarmingly delayed learning and comprehension of basic skills. An IEP or Individualized Education Program is a state funded program used in both public schools and private schools in  which free services are provided to students with special needs. A student can need an IEP just for a year or for their entire school career. This is an individualized education plan based on what your child needs to succeed. Whether that be extra time during testing, help in one particular subject or having an aid in all of their classes with them.  IEP’s include both mental and physical disabilities. If you child needs occupational therapy to help with their hand writing and fine motor skills they may age out of the service and only need they extra help for that particular task or grade.

After the necessary assessment is done, educators in collaboration with parents and if you choose a child psychologist or IEP advocate will develop an educational plan for the children with special needs.

How to Recognize If A Child Needs IEP?

Children who are struggling at school due to certain physical or mental disabilities need an Individualized Educational Plan. Here are some of the major reasons why a child should be referred for the IEP program in your school district.

Physical or mental development delay

  • Autism
  • Emotional disorder
  • ADHD- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Cognitive Disorders
  • Hearing impairment
  • Visual impairment
  • Speech impairment
  • Physical disability
  • Developmental delays

What Are the Benefits of IEP?

The Individualized Educational Program helps in catering the special needs of each student and enables them to develop new skills and learn abilities efficiently and in better way. This plan is here to help your child learn and apply new skills in a way that they can understand, develop and maintain.