(Des Moines) – Starting in September, the Iowa Department of Education is going to provide educators, therapist and others, training to help the parents of children who have developmental disabilities. Steve Crew, administrative consultant with the Iowa Department of Education, says the training will focus on children up to age three, and without such training, the parents can often feel lost.
Crew assures that, “It provides them with the opportunity to understand how to actually navigate through the system to get the services and supports they need.”
Crew says the gap between the math and reading scores of Iowa school-age children with disabilities and those of their peers is among the largest in the nation.
“By providing this from the early early ages, we are allowing them to stay on track, to keep moving forward as opposed to waiting until they are in kindergarten and then begin to provide those services,” points out Crew.
The program, dubbed the Distance Mentoring Model, is being used successfully in North Dakota, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania.
Iowa News Service
July 26, 2013