Has your child been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder or intellectual disabilities?
What is an IEP?
An IEP is basically a documented Individualized Education Program that describes the specialized learning needs of children based on an assessment of their overall skills related to the areas of disability. IEP helps parents, teachers and special educators understand the shortcomings of the child and develop personalized learning modules.
We understand your fight against autism doesn’t just stop at ensuring a proper special needs curriculum for your child. Under the school system in the US, it can be somewhat difficult to persuade school–based special needs teachers to follow an IEP–driven program. Moreover, inviting parents to IEP development sessions from start to finish is not in the purview of some school districts’ policy. Such restrictions often result in parents expressing doubt over the utility of the education their child is receiving in schools. Needless to say, it is the child who ultimately bears the brunt of these unfavorable developments.
Do you know your rights?
As parents, you are legally entitled to:
– Request an IEP meeting any time, should you feel your child’s learning needs are remaining unmet
– Be present in IEP meetings
– Discard the recommendations made by the school system
– Ask an outside expert/professional to represent/accompany you in IEP meetings
– Look for an alternative special education program that you believe will help your child become independent and develop cognitive and social skills
– A free or low–cost legal settlement if you fail to arrive at a mutually agreeable solution with the school
Are you getting the data?
Getting the IEP done is an important first step toward making sure your child is on the right track. But it does not automatically guarantee that the education he/she will be receiving based on the learning goals set will contribute to his/her progress. So the question is: how do you know if your child is making constant improvements while learning new skills? What if you come to know after a year from the first IEP meeting that your child has picked up very little from whatever he was taught in the previous year?
To find answers to these critical questions, look no further than DATA. In evidence-based autism management, getting the right data on a regular basis is more important than the abstractness of long-term planning. As a concerned parent, won’t you love to know what your child is learning on a day-to-day basis? Where will you get that data from? We have the solution.
ColorsKit – Where data speaks
Equipped with a built–in tracking system that can record data pertaining to a child’s progress, ColorsKit can be an empowering teaching tool for those parenting children on the autism spectrum. With our digital resources for parents of children with autism, you can have a fair amount of control over your child’s education simply because you can always check back whether the child is meeting the learning goals on a day-to-day basis. Moreover, the data you will get from ColorsKit apps will let you know which activities your child needs to work on and which ones he/she has already mastered. Significantly, the data will allow all parties involved in the child’s education to work congruently across the classroom, home and therapy center so the child does not get confused.
– The apps can be conveniently downloaded and run on the iPad, iPhone, Windows and Android devices
– The instructions are simple to understand and easy for a child to follow
– ColorsKit can be synchronized with school curriculum to make training and education consistent and repetitive
– Intervention apps in ColorsKit offer supplemental intervention, meaning that they help intensify your own preferred method
– Best of all, the gaming and learning environment is colorful, vibrant and fresh to hold the attention of infants and adults with developmental challenges like autism spectrum disorder