If your child receives special education and related services, it is required that he/she have an Individualized Education Program (IEP). The IEP will address your child’s unique abilities and needs and describe how he/she will access the general curriculum.
The group of people who will make decisions concerning your child’s educational program for the next year is called the IEP Team. Included are individuals with expertise in different areas and a common goal to see the student reach their goals.
During the IEP meeting, team members (including the parent) share their thoughts and concerns about the child and his/her strengths and needs.
Every IEP must contain specific information required by the special education law, IDEA.
If a student with disabilities has behaviors that impede their learning or the learning of others, the IEP team must consider strategies and supports to address that behavior.
Preparation for the IEP meeting can make a big difference in getting the services for your child that are needed.
should be actively involved in all aspects of the IEP, as their age and
ability allow. To be successful in their life after high school, middle
and high schoolers especially benefit from developing an understanding
of their strengths and needs and how to share that information.