What should every parent know in order to obtain ESY when it’s called for? For starters, these five secrets that I often find myself letting parents know about.
Regression is the loss of learned skills, usually after breaks in instruction such as after summer vacation. It is also known as slippage, loss of skills, failure to maintain skills or a lack of maintenance and generalization of skills.
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Wrightslaw.org addressed this issue in a blog post: My child’s IEP said she was to receive ESY services – OT, PT, and Speech Therapy. ST was provided throughout the summer. There was no OT or PT. The district stated it was not able to find therapists. They said I could find a therapist, and I did. Then, the district failed to provide information in a timely manner to the therapy agency. No services were provided during summer. The school offered to provide these services during the school year to “make up.” But my child regressed in all of her motor skills [...]
A variety of situations arise where parents, and others feel that summer services for a student would be beneficial so that they do not regress in certain skills, continue their multisensory reading program, or gain more access to the general curriculum, and perhaps perform closer to their grade level. IDEA rules require schools to provide extended school year (ESY) services when an ARD/IEP team determine they are needed for the provision of FAPE to a student. States develop standards for providing ESY. Some states, and Texas have chosen a standard that focuses on a student regressing in important or crucial skills. [...]