Is my child only allowed an IEP that addresses his academic needs?

Not all districts believe this. Your district may. This is a public document available now from the Pa Department of Education regarding core 'learning behaviors' that are so crucial they are a focus of the very beginning of a child's education; Kindergarten. Ask them to explain to you in the next few days how and under what 'properly promulgated policy' your child is prevented from having an IEP address his/her non-academic needs, because you can't seem to find it.

Pennsylvania’s Standards for Kindergarten
August, 2006
Pennsylvania Department of Education - Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is committed to establishing high academic standards for all students pre-K through grade 12....Research-based standards are the key to laying a strong academic foundation that will provide children with skills necessary to succeed in every phase of their lives. (page 8)

• listening
• participation
• task persistence
• self-regulation
• making choices
• exhibiting self-control
• organization
• cooperation
• respecting the rights, feelings and property of others

This is just one example of where publicly available information or a law demonstrates special education is not just about academics, but includes there are crucial skills for engagement in learning.


Learn more about learning and you will be better at:

(1) understanding evaluation reports and better able
(2) describing how your child's learning needs are different from non-disabled children's needs.
(3) advocating for your child in any meeting
(4) show your children that reading is important, a crucial life skill

This is one book I highly recommend:


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