Tuesday, February 18, 2014

FACTORS IN THE CONSIDERATION OF ESY

 Summer may seem far off, but it's just around the corner, and if you are interested in getting Extended School Year Services for your child, here are some things you might need to know.

When an IEP considers whether a student is eligible for ESY, they should consider more than just regression and recoupment.  Check out the considerations that should be made:


1)         Nature of child’s disability

            Due to the severity of the disability, will the school break prevent the child from   

            receiving educational benefit when the regular school year resumes?


2)         Progress on Goals/Objectives

            By evaluating the rate of progress the child is making toward meeting IEP

            objectives, will the school break prevent the child from receiving educational

            benefit when the regular school year resumes?


3)         Emerging Skills

            If the child is at a breakthrough point in learning a new skill that is crucial for

            reaching self-sufficiency and independence, will the school break prevent the

            child from receiving educational benefit when the regular school year resumes?


4)         Behavior Issues

            If a Behavior Intervention Plan is being implemented for the child on targeted

            behaviors that prevented educational benefit in the past, will discontinuing the

            programming during the school break prevent the child from receiving

            educational benefit when the regular school year resumes?


5)         Regression and Recoupment

            Will the child experience a substantial loss of a critical life skill or be unable to

            recover a loss of a critical life skill in a reasonable amount of time when the

            regular school year resumes?  Can the parent maintain the child’s level of

            performance during the break or does the complexity of the need or other factors

            mean the child can be expected to regress without ESY services?


6)         Other special circumstances

            Are there special circumstances that will mean an interruption of services will

            prevent the child from receiving educational benefit when the regular school year

            resumes?


Additional considerations:

1-physical/health issues

2-availability of alternative resources

3-vocational needs

4-social skills/peer interaction

If you would like more information about Extended School Year, please contact us at Family Matters.  Our phone number is 866-436-7842.

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