IEP meetings can be frustrating; for both parents and teachers. However, the information acquired from school staff can be quite helpful to the parent. Parents can ask about the specifics of a child’s schedule and staffing. Parents can ask about the social dynamics of classes their child participates in.
One of the most important questions to ask is who has expertise in the child’s specific disability? Does the district have such expert on staff? Availability of that staff to work with my child? Schools that have “programs” based on disability sometimes need to be reminded that the IEP meeting is not about a “program”, but rather about “individualizing” a child’s plan. If you don’t agree with what is being offered, a parent can say so…and ask for more options.
Advocates at The IEP Center™ help parents solve IEP problems by providing information so they can advocate for the child with special needs. Don’t be bamboozled! Waiting and hoping for problems to go away allows our children to regress. Hoping the problem will go away will only delay getting the problem addressed. If you’ve had an IEP meeting and issues weren’t resolved, you need an advocate on your side!
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