How to Best Prepare for Your Child’s IEP Meeting
Attending Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings is one of the important ways that you help guide and monitor your child’s progress in school. The more you know about IEPs, the more you can contribute to a positive, constructive conversation with your child’s team at school. Being prepared can help you go into the meeting feeling confident and capable of advocating for your child.
What is an IEP?
An IEP (individualized education program) is a legal document covered by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) that lays out the program of special education instruction, supports, and services your child is entitled to at school. Each program is individually designed to meet the student’s unique needs.
The purpose of the annual IEP meeting is to review and update your child’s plan for services and support for the next year. That involves looking at how much progress your child made over the last year, and how the goals, services, and supports should be adjusted for the next year.
Here are some suggestions to help you participate as a full member of the team that plans and provides the right help to meet your child’s present needs:
All of these tips and recommendations are geared to make your IEP meetings constructive, positive, and clear to all attending. Together as a team, everyone is looking out for the best interest of your child.
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