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IEP Meeting Advice
While every child and their situation is different, here are some very common questions or issues that we see. Check and see if your issue is in here first. If not, ask in the Facebook group.
Top 25 IEP meeting questions from parents
- I have questions about ESY-Extended School Year.
- My school is not following the IEP.
- I want the school to stop calling me to come pick up my child.
- My child was suspended.
- Or my IEP child is constantly in discipline trouble at school.
- I have a manifestation hearing and I have questions.
- How do I know what evaluations to ask for in the IEP?
- They keep taking away his recess!
- How do I get an IEP?
- I just want to see all of my child’s IEP records.
- My child needs an aide or 1:1 added to his IEP.
- I need to write the school a letter and could use a template.
- I’m preparing for an IEP meeting and I need help.
- I just had an IEP meeting and am unsure about what happens next.
- Do I have to tell the school about my child’s medications?
- It’s my first IEP meeting!
- I was told that my IEP child cannot go on a field trip.
- I want to observe my child’s classroom.
- What’s the difference between a 504 and an IEP?
- I didn’t receive a draft copy of the IEP before the meeting.
- Truancy and absences, what is different with IEPs?
- Do charter schools have to provide IEPs?
- My child needs X, Y, Z but I was told that they don’t do that here.
- I want to record my IEP meeting.
- How do I check to see if a teacher/therapist is qualified?
If yours is not one of the above questions-
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Where can I find a special education/IEP advocate?
- Start with your state’s Protection and Advocacy group. Call and ask if they have Special Education Advocates.
- Call around to other advocacy groups such as the Arc, NAMI, CF Foundation, etc. Many times these groups will be able to direct you.
- Do an internet search. Some places call them parent mentors, parent partners, parent buddies and so on.
- Some professional organizations like COPAA maintain a list on their website.
- Wrightslaw has Yellow Pages.
- Pennsylvania has Right to Education Task Forces in every county. By law, these are parent-led groups and often have knowledgeable parents leading them or participating. A good resource to find advocates.
IEP advice~you don’t know what you don’t know
The whole IEP thing is so large, so many different facets, it’s impossible to keep up with it all. Many times there are things parents should know, but don’t. I often say “you don’t know what you don’t know.” This goes for me too! I learn something new about IEPs almost every day. Take a look at these in your leisure time.
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