My problem is that the middle school told me that we needed an IEP to get the study skills class next year.
To support his opinion, the principal pointed out that my son is performing well under the 504 plan. I then shared that he’s currently receiving a D in math and almost all homework struggles are around math assignments. I explained that bipolar kids can have learning deficits in the areas of executive function and working memory making math with multiple-steps difficult. I told him that I wanted him tested in these areas to see if that’s why his homework is such a struggle and why he’s now even failing math tests on purpose just to get the exams over with.
The teacher felt that it’s just a lack of motivation on my son’s part. But when I read about the executive function and working memory problems in my resources, it explained that most bipolar kids will do good in english and spelling but struggle in math, even having a hard time keeping math facts memorized. It also pointed out that often teachers and parents assume that the kids are lazy and not trying hard enough, when in fact they can’t tackle what appears to be an undoable task.
I was wondering, have you had your child tested for an IEP?
Do you regret having an IEP, wishing you stuck with a 504 plan?
Did the IEP testing reveal any learning disabilities? If so, what kind?
I would greatly appreciate it if you could share your experience as I try and navigate these uncharted waters with our school.