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IEP goals for able hearing impaired child

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minimisa Tue 18-Mar-14 09:31:16

Hi, Does anyone know if the goal of an IEP is for a child to reach an acceptable level or to reach their potential? My son is doing well in reception but his Teacher of the Deaf sessions have been stopped as he is not 'behind'. His teacher has said his phonics is behind his ability and I think he would benefit from extra help. Has anyone experienced a similar situation?

Flappingandflying Tue 18-Mar-14 17:20:14

No but it sounds like you need to become tiger mum and start roaring. Ieps are going come September and the lea will have to publish A Locl Offer saying what they provide. The provision should be on a provision map. Given that the reception teacher will have no specialist training in teaching deaf children I think it not unreasonable that he gets specalit help. The iEP is the end of the road. You need to go to the source and root.

uggerthebugger Wed 19-Mar-14 20:49:19

Narrowly speaking, an IEP is supposed to provide a practical pathway for school to meet your child's special educational needs, no more, no less. The problem you're facing here is that different people mean different things when they are talking about whether your DS's needs are being met.

As your child has SEN, he has a legal right to an "adequate" education. People interpret "adequate" in different ways, but unfortunately, what "adequate" doesn't stretch to here is a legal right for your DS to get support that allows him to reach his full educational potential.

So many almost all LAs and school senior leadership teams will look to pull support from children with SEN who are achieving at an age-appropriate level - regardless of whether that child could do better with the support, and even regardless of whether that child will fall behind once that support's gone. If your DS's teacher is willing to take a stand against this, that's awesome, but bear in mind it'll be an uphill struggle against his/her own management.

Basically, you'll have to convince the LA or school management that your DS depends on the ToD sessions to maintain adequate progress, and that he will fall behind without them. If you don't have a statement, now is a good time to start making noises about applying for one. It might make the LA think twice about withdrawing the support - and if they still won't budge, then I'd strongly recommend applying for one anyway.

You might be thinking that this setup amounts to little more than codified, legally sanctioned disability discrimination - a system carefully crafted to place a glass ceiling over the attainment of kids with SEN. A system crafted by sociopaths, administered by knaves and enforced by people who would never dream of applying such constraints to the future of their own precious offspring.

You might be thinking all that. And you'd be fucking right to. But parents can still fight, and plenty of us end up securing the support our kids need. Your local NDCS regional officer is also a good person to talk to in situations like this.

Best of luck!

minimisa Thu 20-Mar-14 09:02:51

Thanks so much for your replies. I could do without a fight on this but I guess life's not that easy. I am waiting for the NDCS to get back to me, but their initial feedback was that if my son's not behind he won't be entitled to any help. I've also been told that the hearing support service wouldn't back a statement application as he's too 'able'. And you look at the stats for deaf school leavers......It is infuriating and maybe a worthwhile future campaign for the NDCS?

BackforGood Thu 20-Mar-14 09:07:47

A different 'tack' might be to get the school to set up a 'Care Plan', so the plan is there, accessible for all who enter the room (PPA cover, supply cover, dinner supervisors, students, volunteers, visitors) have it in front of their noses before they start any work - with all the strategies that will help him, set out, before anyone says anything to him,his group, or his class. It's not so much about a "target" for him to reach as an instruction to all who are interacting with him, to make reasonable adjustments so that he can access everything.

beamme Tue 08-Apr-14 15:15:21

Hi, I don't understand how the Teacher of the Deaf sessions can be stopped? It's my understanding that the sessions have nothing to do with the school, it's a completely separate service. What has your Teacher of the Deaf said exactly?
Once a child has reached their targets on the IEP then the class teacher and SENCO have to make new targets.
It shouldn't matter if your DS is behind or not behind his peers, if he is capable of more then his needs need to be met.
My DD is profoundly deaf with bilateral implants and in Year 1. We have an ongoing battle with her class teacher because DD is doing fine. She's met all age related targets and it's just her speech that's roughly 18months behind her hearing peers. However both her Teacher of the Deaf and Speech Therapist all feel she's capable of more and needs more from the school.

MissBetseyTrotwood Wed 09-Apr-14 21:33:55

Contact the Teacher of the Deaf directly and start asking some questions. Afaik the SENCO has no jurisdiction over how often they attend the child and the choice to step down his visits will most likely have been made by the teacher themselves.

They need to be heading trouble off at the pass and pushing for your DS' education to be delivered in a way that is best for him. So for his phonics, making sure they are delivered in a quiet, acoustically advantageous space for eg.

All the best. TBH, despite being lovely, our ToD was a bit ineffectual in the school context and so thinly spread over the borough she didn't really know us well enough to help. She did attend a lot of DS' appointments with me though, which was v helpful.

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