Q&A Section – Can I put organizational/study skills in my 9 year old son’s IEP?
This is the question as featured in Issue Number 5
Question: Can I put organizational/study skills in my sons IEP? Also, how do I find a support group?
We frequently get asked what qualifies for IEP goals. In order to answer this clearly you must have an understanding of the meaning of “school accommodations and modifications” according to IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act). Please read http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/sec504.accoms.mods.pdf.
Here is a list of just a few IEP goals from the site – www.bridges4kids.org/IEP
Objective 6 and 11 should be a priority.
“Content Strand: Classroom/School Skills Annual Goal #10 _______________ will maintain and improve appropriate school skills in the mainstream setting with _______ frequency as measured by ____________.
Objective #1 Generalize appropriate behavior to mainstream settings.
Objective #2 Utilize behavioral checklist or other communication to mainstream teachers and return to designated teacher.
Objective #3 Respect classroom rules and expectations in each mainstream setting.
Objective #4 Adapt to differences in various settings.
Objective #5 Transition to mainstream class appropriately and on time.
Objective #6 Bring necessary materials to mainstream class.
Objective #7 Maintain appropriate hall behavior with escort to rnainstream class.
Objective #8 Maintain appropriate hall behavior independently.
Objective #9 Relate appropriately to mainstream peers in classroom.
Objective #10 Function successfully in mainstream with one to one adult support.
Objective #11 Function successfully and independently in mainstream setting.”
To find a support group for your autistic child or for you as the caregiver I recommend www.meetup.com, or checking Facebook Groups. You can call or email your local Parent Advocacy Center or visit http://nichcy.org/org-gateway. I personally joined a group of moms on meetup.com that had children with sensory issues when my daughter was young.
Also, have you joined www.MyAutismTeam.com? It is an online community for people to support and share information.
I hope these are helpful. Let me know if there is anything else I can help you with. Good luck.Best Regards, Leslie Burby Editor Autism Parenting Magazine