Presentation on theme: "Participating in Your Child’s IEP Meeting"— Presentation transcript:
1 Participating in Your Child’s IEP Meeting ◊ Dreams Make the Impossible Possible ◊
2 The IEP Process: What’s Involved in Developing My Child’s IEP? Process involves two main things:The IEP meetingThe IEP Document
3 What Is An IEP?The IEP meeting serves as a communication vehicle between parents and school personnel, and enables them as equal participants, to make joint, informed decisions regarding:The child’s needs and appropriate goals.The extent to which the child will be involved in the general curriculum and participate in the regular education environment and State and District-wide assessments, andThe services needed to support that involvement and participation and to achieve agreed-upon goals.The law requires that every child receiving special education services have an IEP.State and Federal Law require that a written IEP be developed and reviewed annually to meet your child’s unique education needs.
4 The IEP Team Student IEP Team Special Education Teacher or Provider (As Appropriate)A person who can interpret Evaluation resultsRegular Education TeacherStudentIEPTeamOthers with knowledge or special expertise about the childSchool System RepresentativeParentsTransition Services Agency
5 Before the IEP MeetingKnow your rights as a parent regarding special education.Obtain a copy of the State and Federal Rules and Regulations on Special Education.Review your child’s records.Prepare a written statement of your input for the IEP meeting.Invite others to attend who will be helpful.
6 Before the IEP Meeting Confirm the date, time and location. Get a copy of the school’s agenda.Make your own agenda.Prepare your IEP organizer.Give the school a copy of:Individual assessmentsDocuments such as formal reports and work samplesfrom othersNames and titles of people attendingNotice of intent to record the IEP if desired
7 Ten Helpful Hints for Parents Attending an IEP Meeting Holding your breath and praying the meeting will end soon doesn’t work. If you pass out they’ll just reschedule the meeting!Extra ears always help. Never go to a meeting alone. Bring someone with you to take notes, listen, and be your support. Some parents even ask to tape the meetings just to be sure they understand everything.Moms and Dads don’t always agree, and kicking each other under the table can be distracting. Talk things over before the meeting. If issues arise that cause disagreement, develop that ‘secret signal’ to tell the other one ‘we need to talk.’ Ask for a short break.
8 Ten Helpful Hints for Parents Attending an IEP Meeting 4. If you have had any additional testing done and want the team to review it, make sure copies are given to your district at least one week before the meeting.5. This is not the time to ‘spill your guts’! Having a spouse or family member that is irritating at times is normal. Keep the meeting student focused.6. Special Education jargon is confusing and terms and methods are constantly changing. Write a list of questions you want answered and points you want to share. This list will help you participate, and prevent those accidental moments of tears!7. Children with disabilities don’t come with instructions! At times programs and methods may not be working. Focus on problem solving rather than blaming.
9 Ten Helpful Hints for Parents Attending an IEP Meeting 8. Labels don’t explain programs. Don’t be afraid to ask to see a classroom before making decisions. “Private” doesn’t always mean better! Take a close look and ask questions.9. If you are not sure you’re in agreement, or if you just want to go home and review things before changes are made, ask for a copy of all the meeting notes.10. Remember- titles and degrees should not scare you or keep you from participating. YOU know your student better than ANYONE!
10 Ten Common Mistakes Parents Make During the IEP Meeting Believing the professionals are the only experts.Not making requests in writing.Not being familiar with prior notice of the procedural safeguards.Requesting a related service instead of an assessment that supports the need for a related service.Accepting assessment results that do not recommend the services you think your child needs.Allowing the assessment information to be presented for the first time in the IEP meeting.
11 Ten Common Mistakes Parents Make During the IEP Meeting 7. Accepting goals and objectives that are not measurable.8. Allowing placement decisions to be made before the IEP goals and objectives are written.9. Allowing your child’s IEP meeting to be rushed so that the school staff can begin the next child’s IEP meeting.10. Not asking a lot of questions.
12 IEP Meeting Basic Do’s and Don’ts Don’t interruptDon’t accuseDon’t make personal attacksDon’t raise your voiceDon’t question another’s motivesDon’t threaten
13 IEP Meeting Basic Do’s and Don’ts Do have the right mind setDo talk from the heartDo respect other opinionsDo try to include all IEP members in the processDo ask questions in a fair and direct wayDo state your position firmly, but fairlyDo explore ways of reaching consensusDo remain in control of your emotions
14 How to Involve Yourself After the Meeting Let your child’s teacher(s) and therapists know you are interested in playing an active role.Offer to explain any special equipment, medication, or medical problems which your child hasAsk that samples of class work be sent homeAsk for suggestions on how you can continue to expand and reinforce school activities at homeAsk how the team prefers that you communicateVolunteer in the classroom
15 A Final Word to the Most Special Parents It is a lonely existence to be a child with a disability which no-one can see or understand. You exasperate your teachers, you disappoint your parents, and worst of all you know that you are not just stupid.~ Susan HampshireTroubles are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things.~ Henry Ward Beecher