Yesterday I was reading a blog post that essentially was claiming that parents are the best advocates and experts of our own children. Right! Of course! Perhaps this is why school is so incredibly difficult for our ADHD and FASD children, we don't rely enough on information from the parents about their own children!
In Ontario schools, parents are involved in the IPRC process and get input into the development of their child's IEP. Check, yep, we do that. But, do we really allow the parents to be the experts? I mean truly. Or, perhaps, for the most part do teachers and administrators listen politely and nod and smile at the parents advice and then carry on with the standard, cookie cutter IEP drop box suggestions? I dare say in most cases it's the latter.
Please hear me loud and clear, I am NOT saying this is true in all cases!!! I have had amazing teachers that thought of accommodations for my children that I would have never come up with. Alternatively, as a teacher I have come across parents that have not taken the time to educate themselves about their child's relative issues. Then throw in the fact that, as teachers, we have to teach about 15 neuro-typical children (who still all progress at different rates) and about 5 more neuro-atypical children who probably all have different needs from each other. Getting it exactly right everytime is an impossible task.
I am NOT blaming teachers for not getting it right. I am NOT blaming parents for being uneducated. I am saying that the current school system on the whole is inherently flawed, especially for our atypical children!!!
Parents you are the most accurate experts where your own children are concerned. What would be the most ideal school setting for your ADHD or FASD child? Shoot for the moon, I'm asking for pie in the sky wishes. I'd love to hear the wish list!!!