Think Twice Before Holding Your Child Back

The issue of "holding students back" has been one parents have faced for years, and it remains one that is frequently recommended or that parents themselves request.

For parents of students receiving special education services in school, care must be taken - and input from independent clinicians should be secured - before agreeing to this or making this decision.

Failure to make progress in any area is not a reason to consider having your child repeat a grade. Rather, careful evaluation of your child's IEP including all goals, services, and supports would be warranted first as other decisions may be more appropriate to ensure that your child is making and sustaining measurable progress in school.