Top Twenty Tips for Getting the IEP your Child Needs
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- Start with data. What is your child able to do?
Accurate, data driven, present levels of performance are essential.
- Evaluations. (current and comprehensive)
- Develop an Agenda for the IEP meeting. Circulate
this in advance.
- Get organized.
- Be clear and concise in your discussions with
- Remain calm and respectful. It is easier to
dismiss an angry or emotional parent.
- Request draft goals in advance. (at least 5 days
before the meeting)
- Request (insist) on getting copies of any
evaluations prior to the meeting.
- If you have a private evaluation this also
should be shared with the school personnel (at least 5 days before the IEP meeting).
what your priorities are for the upcoming school year. Not everything can
happen in a year.
- Ask the IEP team to explain how they intend to
get where they want to go educationally with your child. Simple enough.
Oftentimes, schools have trouble answering those questions.
in advance on the length of the meeting. Avoid marathon IEP meetings.
- If the school personnel have done things that
have been helpful to your child acknowledge those along with your concerns.
- Ask for very specific information on how often
and the format for the delivery of related services. For example, will speech
therapy be in a group, how many students, when are the services delivered?
your time. If you need time to reflect after the meeting don’t be afraid to ask
for a few additional days to review the goals and other documents.
on Transition. Where do you want to end up? Transition planning should not be
an afterthought. Starting early is important.
on a to do list. Oftentimes, there are follow up tasks in an IEP meeting.
Determine who will be responsible for the tasks and the time line for getting
if any additional data is needed.
the IEP document and ask for clarification or send your own letter correcting,
clarifying or disagreeing.