Blog

        • icon of teacher

          Private Tutoring

          We provide one-on-one tutoring in a quiet and comfortable environment, allowing students grades to progress at their own pace with maximal attention given by a qualified instructor, ensuring improvement in the subject area as well as overall confidence.

          spaceship pencil icon personalized tutoring

          Personalized Tutoring

          Individualized learning for students in grades K-8 seeking enhancement or remediation in Math and ELA

          school bag icon

          Homework Help

          Our Homework Booster program is offered to help students K-12 with their daily homework assignments, and is available Monday through Saturday in the following subjects: Math, ELA, Science, Social Studies.

          book icon with pencil

          Essay Writing Help

          Writing is a skill that takes years to perfect, so let our tutors guide you through your toughest school assignments, papers, and personal statements. Whether it is a deadline you need to meet, ideas you need to put together, or just a quick proofread, our “Essay Drop-Off” service is just what you need!

  • Test Prep Courses
  • STEAM Camp
  • Clubs
        • About Us

          Here at Tip-Top Brain, we believe that every student has the natural ability to learn if given the opportunity to receive a quality education. With a safe, supportive, and positive classroom environment and upbeat, intelligent, and compassionate instructors to guide students throughout their educational journeys, we believe that all students can discover and unlock their fullest potential.

          contact us envelope

          Contact Us

          We're very friendly and responsive!. Visit our contact us page to fill out a contact form, get directions, or even find answers to questions students or parents like have asked us!

          experienced teachers at blackboard tip-top brain

          Meet Our Tutors

          Where should we start? There is so much we could say about our talented tutors. Read all about their unique personalities and academic backgrounds here!

          blog icon

          Our Blog

          There's so much to learn these days, don't you agree? Check out our blog here!

          NOW HIRING

          Love Teaching?

          Tip-Top Brain is growing and looking for talented individuals to help us on our mission to help students discover and unlock their fullest potentials.

Blog

IEP 101: What’s an IEP, and Does My Child Need One?

What have you heard about IEPs? Individualized education programs are known for providing certain students with additional classroom resources. Many parents wonder whether or no their student would benefit from an IEP, but here are the basics they should know.

Share This Post

Share on facebook
Share on linkedin
Share on twitter
Share on email

Perhaps you’ve heard the term “IEP,” short for an individualized education program. You may even be vaguely aware of support services some students with IEPs receive like special education or speech therapy. Few of us ever learn much more than this about the educational support certain students may qualify for. Luckily, there are plenty of digital resources and forums for diving deep into IEP accommodations. Below, we’ll cover some fundamentals you may be wondering about here.

What is an IEP?

An IEP, or “Individualized Education Program,” is a resource bank for certain students with delayed skills or learning disabilities. The services are provided to eligible students at no cost to families. Access to individualized education programs was made a facet of the Individuals with Disabilities Act, in an effort to increase parental involvement in developing plans for their child’s success. The IEP outlines goals for a student throughout the academic year, and specifies any support they’ll need to reach them. The IEP is developed by a team of professionals, but is designed to include the parents’ input as well.  Great as these services may be, who is eligible to access them?

Does my child need an IEP?

As having a diagnosed disability is a requirement for an IEP, whether or not your child needs an IEP is likely dependent on their disability status. So, how do you know if your child’s academic struggles are being caused by a disability?

There’s a History Here

A long-standing history of difficulty in school or a specific classroom subject could be indicative of a learning disability. Sudden or recent trouble in school is certainly worth addressing but doesn’t suggest a continual and consistent obstacle. That said, sometimes children receive a learning disability diagnosis later in their educational journey, as the curriculum becomes more demanding.

The Teacher is Out of Tricks

Teachers work diligently to provide the opportunity for growth and learning for their students. Further, teachers acknowledge that students’ needs vary greatly, and for some students, teachers will run through bags full of tricks before they find an instructional method that clicks. If you know that the teacher has tried different interventions and nothing seems to help, that could be an indication of an underlying disability.

Processed By Elimination

There are no shortages of potential roadblocks for young students. Between social happenings, familial life, and academic work, there’s plenty of room for conflict and distraction for students. Any slew of issues could be impacting your child’s motivation, concentration, or confidence. Once you feel as though you’ve eliminated all the most common suspects for the difficulty in class, you might want to consider whether a learning disability could be the underlying reason.

Unfortunately, the IEP process can be rather complex, and initially timely. However, if your student is struggling with keeping up academically due to their disability, an IEP can be a lifeline. That said, an IEP isn’t necessarily sufficient support, and seeking additional support, like the tutors at Tip-Top Brain who are experienced in meeting the needs of students with IEPs, is always beneficial. If you think a disability may be the cause of your child’s school challenges, talk with your child’s teacher about your concerns. You can make a request in writing to the school for a special education evaluation to begin the process towards testing.

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Get updates and learn from the best

More To Explore

Unleashing the Book Worm Inside Your High Schooler

So often we remember the fads and phases we fell into during High School. Less often, do we think about the hobbies and passions we had before then. For so many high school students, recreational reading sounds like pure fiction. So how we do reignite the passion our teens have for reading?

The “COVID Slide,” A Slippery Slope

For better or worse, school has changed— a lot. Many students report having experienced a disruption to their education as a result of the pandemic. For some students, that disruption came as schools initially closing last year, for others, it was the struggle of keeping up online. There’s no shortage of reasons why students may have struggled this past year, but if the effects continue to linger you may have a case of the “COVID Slide” on your hands. So, how can we diagnose the COVID Slide? More importantly, how do we treat it?

Please complete this form and our program coordinator will reach out to you shortly.

Our response time is within 24 hours
glowing arrow

We're committed to your privacy. Tip-Top Brain uses the information you provide to us to contact you about our relevant content and services. You may unsubscribe from these communications at any time.