Preparing for your child's IEP can be a stressful and anxiety creating experience, with this in mind we have a prepared a brief checklist of things to keep in mind during this process:
1. Provide the District with notice in writing that you will be recording the IEP meeting
Often times the District notes included as a part of the IEP will not include the entirety of the conversations that occurred during the meeting. With this in mind, tape recording the meeting can ease some of these concerns.
2. Request in writing that you be provided with a copy of any assessments that are to be review during the IEP, prior to the meeting, so that you can have a chance to review the assessment, and subsequently actively participate in the IEP meeting.
This can be a great way of decreasing anxiety prior to the IEP meeting. If you are familiar with the assessments prior to the IEP meeting, you will be aware of what is going to be discussed and what questions you may have with regard to the assessments.
3. Do not be afraid to ask questions and voice your opinions during the IEP process
The law requires that the IEP process be one which is collaborative between both the school staff and parents, with this in mind feel free to ask questions about anything that may not make sense. Additionally, voice your opinion with regard to anything that does not seem appropriate for your child.
4. Always feel free to take a copy of the IEP document home prior to providing your consent.
The IEP document is what will drive your child's placement and program throughout the subsequent school year. With this in mind, it is never a bad idea to take time at home to review the IEP document as a whole to ensure that you believe it is appropriate for your child.
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These are just a few brief suggestions to keep in mind prior to your child's IEP meeting; navigating the road of special education law can be difficult and confusing, if you have any questions about your child's special education placement or services, Contact us by email or call us at 714-602-1498 or 866-781-7723 (toll free) for more information.
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