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A Parent Perspective. Don’t be scared just Be Prepared The IEP process should start many weeks before the meeting.

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1 A Parent Perspective

2 Don’t be scared just Be Prepared The IEP process should start many weeks before the meeting

3 Many heads = One big brain.

4 Talk to the teacher  Have ongoing communication throughout the year  Before any evaluations and the IEP planning  Find out their perspective on your child  There should be no surprises at the IEP meeting

5 Records at the ready Have some things at your fingertips  Past IEP’s  Recent evaluation reports  Diagnoses  Medication history  Behavior records  Communications with teachers or other professionals

6 Ahead of the meeting  Ask who will be attending the meeting  Ask to see and discuss evaluation results  Ask to see any IEP drafts REMEMBER The final IEP should not be written and signed until AFTER the meeting

7  Understand the scope and purpose of an IEP  Write down your goals for your child  Have a list of things you would like discuss at the meeting.  If you are hoping for answers it might be helpful to get these questions to your child’s teacher ahead of the meeting so they can have the answers ready.

8 Know your legal rights And read over ALL the pages in the IEP. There is valuable information on all the pages (not just the academic goals)

9  Bring a friend along for support

10 Other tips  Be on time  Brings snacks  Bring “open” ears and “open” minds  If you need time to think things over – say so  Remember to thank these individuals who work with your child everyday

11 Relax

12 Resources:  - IEP and inclusion tips for Parents and Teachers  - IEP tips for parents and Teachers  – Top IEP Tips for Parents  - Resources  – Questions  – National Center for Learning Disabilities  - Office of the Education Ombudsman  Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Many resources for the families of Special Education students


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