Here is some timely advice I got today that I thought I’d share with you:
During the first week or two of school, the Related Services people (Speech, OT, PT, etc.) set up their schedules. - They need to be able to meet all the students' IEP's, so it can be difficult for them to fit everyone in appropriately. They usually also have to work around classroom schedules, specials, lunch time, and recess.
If you have not done so already, I suggest writing a note/email to either the classroom teacher or each related service provider, asking which day AND what time they will be seeing your child.
This will let them know that you are on top of things, and expect your child to receive the agreed upon service.
- It will also allow you to plan if and when you want to go in & observe the work your child does with the people providing services.
Sometimes, schools won't have hired the related service person by the start of the school year.
They do not tell the parents unless they are specifically asked.
By asking (in writing), you are forcing the school to be honest with you.
- Once you know that they have not hired a service provider, you can have them contract with qualified person outside of the school district until they do.