|This interview was conducted to help inform others about the way parents see the special education system. All names have been change for confidentiality.|
|1. What is the special need of your child?
One of my children, Gabriel, has speech difficulties and motor skills difficulties. Another one of my children,Caleb, has ADHD.
|2. What are you personal goals for the education
of your child?
I would love for Gabriel to get out of speech and move beyond what is expected of him right now. I would also like him to not get pulled out of the regular classroom at all. I would also like to see Caleb get pulled out of the classroom more because he needs more one-on-one to keep on task and get his work done.
|3. What is your current relationship with the
school, special education, and administration?
Good, there is very open lines of communication.
|4. How can it be improved?
It could be improved by making the people who come into the school for speech and physical therapy more available for communication. About the only way I can communicate with the person who comes in to do physical therapy is to leave a note in the office for him to pick up.
|5. What form of communication is used and how
often? Is this best?
I can leave a note in the office, email, or go to the classroom and meet face to face.
|6. How often do you communicate with school?
About every other week. I also check on things at home from other resources.
|7. How effective is the special education
The program is very effective! But I am not a big fan of the reading series that is used. My kids come home with more homework in reading than any other subject.
|8. How flexible is the program to meet the needs
to your child?
Very flexible! I want Gabriel in the classroom so the speech teacher comes before school and meets with him then so he can spend that time in the regular classroom.
|9. What problems have you had with the school?
Teachers not using the resource room.
|10. Are you part of any parent group?
|11. What communication do you have with other
Not much, my boss has a child with ADHD but I don't agree with her philosophy so we don't talk about that much.
|12. What community involvement does your child
Church, Wednesday night church, 4-H, shooting sports, Christmas musicals.
|13. Are you satisfied with your communication
with your child?
With Gabriel yes I am, but with Caleb it is a teeter totter some days are good and some are not.