I’VE HEARD THAT SCHOOL DISTRICTS ARE SHORT ON MONEY SO THEY WANT TO DENY AS MANY NEW IEP’S AND SERVICES AS THEY CAN. IS THIS TRUE?
Districts are in a serious economic crunch as is the entire country but money is never the driving force behind whether or not a child receives an IEP or a service is added or denied. During an IEP meeting, the team’s goal is to determine what services the child needs to make progress. Eligibility is required for certain services such as Occupational or Physical Therapy. There has to be an educational relevance to the therapy. For example, a child may seem to need speech therapy because she isn’t saying words with “r” sounds correctly. However, the therapist must look at the child’s developmental age when determining eligibility-the sound just might not be there. If you have questions about a service, speak up at the IEP meeting, call the school psychologist or the director to help you in understanding why a child isn’t in a program.