School has started for most of our kids, and that means new IEP needs to be developed.
My son has been in school for almost 3 wks now, and we already got the appointment for his IEP meeting.
If some of you do not know IEP stands for Individualized Educational Plan, which is mandated by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
For years IEP meetings caused me lots of anxiety, mainly because I did not understand all the “educational jargon” they used during the meetings. Since than my son went to a school where the team explains everything the parent doesn’t understand, they make the parent understand what is her role in this process, and they listen to us what we want for the child to achieve this time.
If a child receive special education than they have to develop a new IEP at least once a year. Good thing about IEP is it can be revised as necessary. Children grow, and reach their goals sometimes much quicker than it was anticipated, or new behavioral problems arise and that needs to be addressed as well. IEP must identify the child’s learning problems accurately and define the approach of how to deal with those issues. A well-developed IEP should reduce or eliminate the problems the child have. It should provide the parent as well as the teachers an objective measurement of the child’s progress or lack of progress.
Furthermore all parents are playing a very important role in these meetings.
Here is a link that would be very helpful to read before attending the IEP meeting.