10 Things You Should Do BEFORE Your Child's IEP Meeting

Written by Lisa Simmons

1. Read last year's IEP - It's important to review what came out of last year's plan. Was it successful ? Didrepparttar methods of instruction work ? Didrepparttar 109472 measurement process used really tell you if progress was being made ? Wererepparttar 109473 goals & objectives really functional for your child? Also try to think back torepparttar 109474 actual meeting -- what part ofrepparttar 109475 discussion did you feel least prepared for ? Remembering will help you prepare better this time around!

2. Update your advocacy notebook -- Hopefully you have a single book that allows you to keep all of your child's information (evaluations, old IEPs, correspondence with school & service providers, etc.) organized & easily accessible. If there is new information from Dr.'s, teachers, or related service providers that needs added to your book take care ofrepparttar 109476 filing now. You'll be glad to haverepparttar 109477 most current information ifrepparttar 109478 issue comes up duringrepparttar 109479 meeting.

3. Do your homework -- is there any new information on your child's disability, have you heard about any promising new intervention strategies that caught your attention? Now isrepparttar 109480 time to check them out. Research them onrepparttar 109481 internet or contact a local resource person who can tell you more or provide you with information to review.

4. Come prepared to "grow" your team -- If you've found anything interesting during your research,repparttar 109482 IEP meeting is an excellent time to share this information. Rather than contacting everyone individually or relying on 1 person to pass on your information, you can share it with everyone at once. Ifrepparttar 109483 information describe an intervention strategy you would like used in this year's IEP then be sure to bring copies so everyone can look overrepparttar 109484 information at once duringrepparttar 109485 meeting. Few professional team members are going to be willing to sign off on something they don't understand or feel comfortable with. By helping them learn, you maximize your chances of getting what you want.

5. Make your list -- Once you're organized & your research is complete is time to make your list. What arerepparttar 109486 issues you feel like really need to be addressed in your child's IEP. Remember other team members may want to add additional items during your discussion, but you don't want to be thinking afterwards, "Oh I really wanted to discuss X & forgot to bring it up." Right now, while you're calm & not under time pressure isrepparttar 109487 time to decide whatrepparttar 109488 issues are from your perspective.

6. Prioritize -- Because IEPs are a team process they by their very nature demand compromise. So once you've developed you list, you'll need to go back through & divide it into 2 categories.

A)repparttar 109489 issues that are non-negotiable to me -- they must be addressed for me to give my consent for this IEP and B)repparttar 109490 issues that I am concerned about, but I'm not sure how I want them addressed or whatrepparttar 109491 critical components are. On these issues I'm willing to compromise or settle for minimal supports while we gather more information.

"My First Experience In A Faraway Land"

Written by Jane Fulton

~~My First Experience in A Faraway Land~~ by: Jane Fulton

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I decided that I wanted a website done my way. Everyone was telling me how easy it was! I didn't need to know HTML. I didn't realize how difficult it would be until I got started. I had picked up some ofrepparttar 109479 'lingo', so I felt that I could handle this! WRONG! There were days I emailed question after question to my host. I was sure that he was getting sick of me asking so many questions. There were days I cried and said "Why can't I get this?" There were even days I did nothing. I took a break!

I would ask questions andrepparttar 109480 answer I got was no clearer thanrepparttar 109481 wizards (you know those little box things that's suppose to guide you through what you're doing step by step?). I soon found out thatrepparttar 109482 wizards speak that foreign language too! I had to read and search out every tutitoral I could find. Sometimes they didn't help. I would go to a quite place and think it through. Sometimes my conclusions were right, sometimes they weren't, but I was determined not to give up!

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