As a parent I know the confusion that comes with your first IEP. I had never even heard of an IEP before my son was diagnosed with Autism. The more you can learn about IEP’s the better you can advocate for your child. You can check out the FAQ section on our website here with any more questions – www.iepanswers.com/faq/
An IEP or Individualized Education Program is a legally protected plan or outline of the special education services the school will provide for the student. This document should be agreed upon by the team, the district, and the parent/guardian. As a parent/guardian you have the right to request additional or different accommodations for the child.
The IEP should include an overview of the student’s current academic achievement. It should also list goals for the next year. These goals must be measurable. They also should have a plan attached to the goal outlining how that goal can and will be achieved. The services provided should also be included. These services should be tied to helping the student achieve the specific goal. You have every right to be a part in developing the goals and they must be agreed upon by everyone involved.
Your role as the parent is the most important. Remember you are your child’s voice in the meeting. You do not have to just sign the IEP, you have the right to take time to review and propose additional or different goals, accommodations, and services. IEP Answers was built to help parents through this complex process. We put a state licensed special education teacher on your team. We have been there, we know your frustration. Let us help you best advocate for your child, and give them the best chance at success. We are here, reach out to us anytime to help – www.iepanswers.com