The VCFS and 22q11 Foundation supports families and persons affected by VCFS or Deletion 22q11.

THe VCFS 22q11 Foundation

Velo-cardio-facial syndrome (VCFS) is a genetic syndrome. It is the result of a submicroscopic deletion on the long arm of Chromosome 22 in the “q11” region- deletion 22q11. VCFS affects approx. 1 in 2000 - 3000 persons making it the second most prevalent genetic syndrome after Down syndrome VCFS is the most common genetic syndrome associated with cleft palates VCFS is the second most common genetic syndrome associated with congenital heart defects 99% of the VCFS population will have a learning difficulty or disability 30% of the VCFS population will develop a mental illness VCFS has more than 180 annomolies associated with it The name velo cardio facial syndrome comes from the Latin words "velum" meaning palate, "cardio" meaning heart and "facies" having to do with the face.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Individual Education Plans (IEP)

This morning my daughter’s school called me to a meeting about her IEP for next year. Given that we are moving to a new school as we are moving away from our hometown, I was very grateful to the special ed teacher and class teacher for this. 
Every child with special requirements should be given an IEP and should be entitled to one, no matter where you live, what school you go to or how much money you have. 

So What is an IEP ??
The Individual Education  Plan (IEP) is a written plan developed by the parents and the schools special education team that specifies the students academic goals and the method to obtain these goals. There should also be a section relating to social skill and objectives.
IEP writing is one of the most important responsibilities of a special education teacher.
Understanding the sections will help you write with more confidence.

General Information
The first part of the IEP is general information. You need to be sure that phone numbers and addresses are correct. Also prepare the signature page which should include the student if the student is 16 or older.   When a student turns 16, they need to be part of transition planning, which will be part of the IEP.

Special Consideration 
This section should discuss the specific challenges the child faces eg: communication, behaviour etc..Any special requirements the child has should be noted in this section. 

Present Achievement Levels
Present levels are one of the most important parts of the IEP, and should be attended to first. This includes some standardised evaluations and tests to determine the child’s current achievement levels.

This section ends with strengths and needs. These can be taken directly from the Evaluation Report , but each need must be addressed either in the educational goals or the specially designed instruction.

The next section is for special services a child will receive, such as speech therapy, occupational therapy or adaptive physical education and includes the frequency and duration of services.
The last section includes supports the teacher will get, which may include training, consultations with the psychologist or behavior specialist, or in the case of the general Ed teacher, regular meetings with the special education teacher. 

1 comment:

  1. I'm not sure if this thread is still active but I am hoping someone can give me some guidance. My 12 year old son was diagnosed with VCFS at the age of 3. As a high school math teacher I have been very active in supporting his educational goals and since he seems to fall very low on the spectrum of learning difficulties he was not granted an IEP but instead has a 504 Plan. He is an honor roll student but has to study 3 hours a night to maintain his grades and I'm sure he would not be doing as well as he is if it wasn't for my support at home. This is evident in the fact that he has consistently scored below the proficient level on state assessments. As he continues through school, my concern is that the processing requirements for success will be beyond his abilities. I really feel that he should have an IEP but as a teacher I'm not sure I should fight the school system for whom I work if I am not correct. Any comments or suggestions would be much appreciated. Thank you.