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Old 02-05-2009, 08:33 AM
 
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My special needs child currently attends the assigned CMS elementary school for our area. The school is fine if you are a typically developing child. But I know my child doesn't like it there. And it is increasingly clear this school is not meeting his specific needs. He is not progressing, and I seem to be getting nowhere with the staff. What are my options here? What are the other schools he can attend? Meaning what are all my elementary school options for North Charlotte / Huntersville area. Public as well as private. Though I don't know if we can afford any private school. But would be nice to know our options. TIA.
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Old 02-05-2009, 10:50 AM
 
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Can you find out who is you child's advocate? You may need to call the district and talk to the special ed department and request one. The special ed advocates are typically not hired by the district but work in the community. You just need to find out who is assigned to your school or where you can find an independent one. There is no charge. He/she will meet with you and go over your concerns. They will attend IEP's with you and help you enforce your child's IEP (which you should help write to meet the goals you want for your child, not what the teacher want's to teach him). The advocate will also tell you your rights and should know what is available in the community that may be a better option for him.

I empathize with you. We have a special needs child in Iredell County. I will just say I am not very impressed. We are new to the area and I am just hoping things get better quickly and the problems have been due to the transition. I try to always give teachers the benefit of the doubt, but in our case if certain changes aren't made soon, let's just say I will be getting involved.

Isn't the saying true..... A Mother's happiness is only as great as her saddest child.
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