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TUSD describes process for children with learning differences

Posted: 8:12 AM, Jul 24, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-24 17:27:28Z

As back to school approaches teachers and school officials say this time is vital for parents to keep an eye on their kids and how they learn. 

Officials at TUSD say there is a set process within the district. 

Students' teachers are typically the first to encounter some kind of learning difference within the student.

Maura Clark-Ingles with the Tucson Unified School District said the start of the school year is the most vital when it comes to keeping an eye on students. 

"This is the most important time, we know that during the summertime students often times forget about school so there's a little bit of regression that happens," Clark-Ingles said, "So the first couple of weeks of school it takes a while for them to get back into the swing of thing but this is the time to keep up with how your student is doing keep up if maybe it's taking longer for your student to get back into the swing."

If a teacher, parent and school psychologist all come to the agreement a student does have a learning difference then that is the time they work on developing an IEP, or an individual education program for the student. 

"It really looks at every aspect of the student," said Clark-Ingles, adding that an IEP determines what the education of a student with learning difference looks like. 

Before determining whether a student does need an IEP, the Tucson Unified School District tests the students vision and hearing to make sure neither of those are impacting the students ability to learn in the classroom. 

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