If your child is having difficulty in school, the first step is to talk with your child’s teacher.
When a student shows signs of difficulty in school, your child’s educator team will observe the student in the classroom or other areas of the school to see if changes might be made that will help the student do better. Sometimes students will do much better simply by changing seats in the classroom, or by having the teacher discuss the daily schedule each morning.
Sometimes the school may suggest that a vision or hearing screening may be helpful. Other changes may include trying new ways to teach your child or finding different ways your child can express what has been learned. The teacher may change the way the classroom is set up or may arrange for extra help from other school professionals.
These supports or changes in the classroom are part of the Response to Intervention (RTI) Program that is mandated by the federal government. Each school has a Response to Intervention (RTI) Team.
If, based on data and tracking, the interventions do not seem to be helping, a parent or teacher or other professional may refer a student for evaluation.