Missouri IEP meetings where parents hear double-talk

Parents now report school staff ask  intimidating questions to redirect parents away from the topic of services that our children need. “Don’t you want your child to be independent?” is a common question parents are asked.

Within the last four years I have noticed the supports (paraprofessionals) that were a given for many students with inappropriate behaviors are no longer mentioned to parents. These districts are placing the overwhelming task on a classroom teacher of up to 30 students.  Unrealistic to all!rsz_asianteenmale-vert-199x300

Uninformed and inexperienced parents don’t realize their child is missing basic support services while at public school. This results in suspensions that are unnecessary and could usually be avoided.

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Parents: gather data for spring IEP meetings

Now is the time to organize data for the upcoming spring IEP meeting(s). It may take a few weeks to accomplish these things, so start now! the-iep-center

Some things to consider:

  1. gather and organize the work your student has brought home
  2. ask the student about the work you’ve seen
  3. if the work isn’t coming home, e-mail the teacher and ask the teacher about the whereabouts of the work samples and that it be gathered for you to look at and set a time to do so
  4. If your child receives PT, OT, speech or other services from the school, as that therapist for a time that you can go to the school to look at the data.  While there, ask for copies.
  5. Compare this year’s data with last year’s data.
  6. A parent can ask outside experts for opinions about the progress (or lack).  Invite that expert to the upcoming IEP meeting, or get the experts written recommendations.

There are many  more things parents need to know to pursue in that “annual” IEP meeting so that your child won’t miss out on services.

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