If your child has an IEP and is still struggling you may wish to first talk with the teacher and see how she is performing compared to age and grade peers. Also, talk with any special educators that are working with her to see if she is having difficulties that are unexpected given the goals of her IEP. They may suggest that the multi-disciplinary team reconvene. You also can make a request for this team to meet. Ask for this meeting in writing. Convey your concerns as to why you feel that your daughter may need additional help or some kind of modifications to her work assignments. Try to give examples of why you feel her work is "too advanced".
Hopefully, the team will meet and try and find a way to improve the situation.
Louise Masin Sattler
Nationally Certified School Psychologist
Thanks for this question! It is one that many parents (and educators) struggle with every day: how to address the learning needs of students whose reading skills are below grade level.
Your having identified “homework” as a particular area of concern makes me wonder how she is managing to get through her in-school assignments with reading skills that are notably delayed. Find out whether she receives some sort of accommodation (formal or informal) in school that enables her to succeed in her reading work, and try to use the same approach at home when helping her with homework tasks. If you feel that her homework is too advanced, be sure to reach out to her teachers to discover whether keeping up with in-schools assignments is also an area of concern.
The IEP is an ideal tool (remember, this serves as a contract of sorts between you and your daughters school) for detailing these types of concerns and agreeing to strategies and procedures to help her reach agreed-upon learning and behavioral goals. Most important, don’t wait! Every day that your daughter experiences frustration with learning is a missed opportunity to bolster her skills and self-confidence.
Sheldon H. Horowitz, Ed.D.
National Center for Learning Disabilities