Your child is struggling in school. You’ve noticed it and most likely your child’s teachers have noticed the struggles. It could be in behavior, reading, math, sensory, etc. You’ve brought up your concerns with your child’s teacher and the two of you have talked about possible ways you can help him/her at school as well as at home. Yet, the struggles continue and your child is falling behind. This seems like something that is beyond what common classroom modifications can help alone.
If your child is in a public school, it is common for him/her to then go through the RTI or MTSS process. RTI stands for Response To Intervention and MTSS stands for multi-tiered system of supports. RTI is a multi tiered system that identifies specific struggles within a student and collects data on how the interventions have helped or not helped your child. The overall method is a common one, however, it may look a little different depending on what county you live in and if your child attends a public school or a charter school. If you would like to learn more about RTI and MTSS you can ask your school for further details and/or check out the following links: www.learnnc.org/lp/pages/6880 and http://mtss.ncdpi.wikispaces.net
The RTI method can be lengthy but it is intended to gather good information on how your child learns, what interventions have worked and what specific struggles your child continues to have. If your child has worked through this tier system and continues to need specialized help, he/she is typically then referred to the exceptional children’s department (special education).
Wendy and Christina