I am sure many of you have heard that it takes a village to raise a child, well that is even more prevalent when you have a child that has a disability. Whether the child has Autism, Down Syndrome or some other Developmental Delay, if the entire team is not doing what they are suppose to do e.g. parents, teachers, family, friends, caretakers, then the child will not achieve to their ability.
I have seen both sides of the coin, where you have one family who doesn't really care about the IEP goals or helping the student outside of school. Now the parents still love their child, but they are not reinforcing what is happening at school. These parents will provide no help to the student with homework or projects, thus putting everything on the school and the school trying to play catch up, because nothing is being done at home.
Then you have the parents that do everything they can to help their child succeed. These parents know what they are working on in their speech sessions, they know what subject they are having the most trouble in. This child continues to grow and become more intelligent because they have an entire team with one objective for the child and that objective is to improve.
I say team a lot in this post because it takes a team to help a child with a disability to become successful, with out that team the child will not reach very high academic achievement. Everyone must be on the same page.