preparing for iep meeting

I’m preparing for an IEP Meeting.

The most valuable thing you are going to learn on this site–how to not stress over your annual IEP meeting. No, really, I mean it.

IEP meetings and the stress and drama surrounding them are a construct. And we can break it down, and rebuild a new one. A different one. An annual IEP meeting that is a collaboration, not a battle.



When should I receive a Draft Copy of the IEP or Evaluations?
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When should I receive a Draft Copy of the IEP or Evaluations?

By October 4, 2019 0
Draft IEP Timelines “Well, Mrs. Lightner, we are not going to be making any changes to this IEP today.” Oh
Requesting an IEP Meeting |  Who | How | Letter Templates
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Requesting an IEP Meeting | Who | How | Letter Templates

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How to Request an IEP Meeting This one should be filed under “blog posts I never thought I’d have
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How to Prepare for an IEP Meeting | Checklist | Be a Better Advocate

By November 29, 2020 0
IEP Meetings This is a really old post that I have been meaning to update for ages. I see the
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50 Common IEP Meeting Questions

By May 1, 2019 0
IEP Meeting Questions Over the past decade, I have attended hundreds of IEP meetings and met with hundreds of families.
7 Things you Never Want to Hear at an IEP Meeting.
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7 Things you Never Want to Hear at an IEP Meeting.

By August 14, 2019 0
Be on Alert for these phrases at your IEP Meeting. You’re sitting in your IEP meeting. Things seem to
IEP Meeting Checklist for Parents | Be Prepared and Confident!
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IEP Meeting Checklist for Parents | Be Prepared and Confident!

By November 7, 2019 0
IEP Preparation Checklist As an advocate, I have attended literally hundreds of IEP meetings. I know you, Moms. You’re
These 6 Principles of IDEA must be applied at every IEP meeting.
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These 6 Principles of IDEA must be applied at every IEP meeting.

By February 28, 2019 0
6 Principles of Special Education I have to open this post with a shout out to blog reader Mike T. He
Why More Parents Should Consider Facilitated IEP Meetings.
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Why More Parents Should Consider Facilitated IEP Meetings.

By February 1, 2020 0
Facilitated IEP Meetings My very first experience with a facilitated IEP meeting was not a good one. Things were very
How to avoid IEP Meeting Negativity.
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How to avoid IEP Meeting Negativity.

By January 30, 2019 0
Avoid falling into the hole of IEP negativity. Recently there was a lively discussion in our Facebook group. A teacher
How Long should an IEP Meeting be?
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How Long should an IEP Meeting be?

By October 24, 2019 0
What is the Length of Time for an Average IEP Meeting? How long is an IEP meeting? How long should
Who is Required to attend an IEP meeting? Can I exclude people?
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Who is Required to attend an IEP meeting? Can I exclude people?

By April 26, 2020 0
Who Attends IEP Meetings I have a friend and there are 18 school staff people, and her, at her IEP meetings.
Yes, the IEP Meeting MUST be held at a time convenient for parents.
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Yes, the IEP Meeting MUST be held at a time convenient for parents.

By October 11, 2019 0
What does IDEA say about parents attending IEP meetings? Whew, can we please put this issue to bed, once and
Are You Being Gaslighted at School or IEP Meetings? {Spoiler Alert: Probably!}
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Are You Being Gaslighted at School or IEP Meetings? {Spoiler Alert: Probably!}

By October 25, 2020 0
Gaslighting at School I remember the first time I was gaslighted at an IEP meeting. It probably wasn’t the
What to Wear to a Parent Teacher Conference or IEP Meeting
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What to Wear to a Parent Teacher Conference or IEP Meeting

By October 25, 2020 0
Does it matter what you wear to an IEP meeting? Yes. “I have an IEP meeting tomorrow, should I dress
What happens after an IEP Meeting? And what to do next.
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What happens after an IEP Meeting? And what to do next.

By February 25, 2020 0
AFTER the IEP Meeting It seems that many parents anticipate and prepare for an IEP meeting and then that’s
How Long Does the School Have to Respond to an IEP Meeting Request? What about an Emergency?
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How Long Does the School Have to Respond to an IEP Meeting Request? What about an Emergency?

By October 28, 2020 0
Parent Request for IEP Meeting Timeline IDEA does not define this. Some state special education regulations have set a time
7 Real-Life Examples of Misogyny at IEP Meetings.
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7 Real-Life Examples of Misogyny at IEP Meetings.

By October 2, 2019 0
The misogyny of IEP meetings. I receive a surprising amount of criticism for catering to women on this blog. Or,
How to Not Cry at your IEP Meeting.
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How to Not Cry at your IEP Meeting.

By January 18, 2020 0
How to Not Cry at your IEP Meeting. Is it any wonder that Moms cry at IEP Meetings? Pretend I’
What does LEA stand for in Special Education? Explained by an IEP Advocate.
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What does LEA stand for in Special Education? Explained by an IEP Advocate.

By September 28, 2020 0
What does LEA stand for? LEA is one of those special education acronyms that is more complex than it needs
Why IEP Parents Should Never Agree to the “Let’s just Wait and See.”
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Why IEP Parents Should Never Agree to the “Let’s just Wait and See.”

By January 21, 2020 0
Let’s Just Wait and See. I’d be willing to be my house and my car that 99% of all
Should I Bring Food to the IEP Meeting? | Pros and Cons
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Should I Bring Food to the IEP Meeting? | Pros and Cons

By October 25, 2020 4
Should I bring donuts to the IEP meeting? I understand you want to be nice. You want to be the “
The Secret that will have you Stop Stressing over IEP Meetings. Yes, really.
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The Secret that will have you Stop Stressing over IEP Meetings. Yes, really.

By October 30, 2018 0
How to Stop Stressing over IEP Meetings. I was waiting in the lobby. Mom pulled into the parking lot, made
Dear IEP Team: Don’t Call Me Mom.
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Dear IEP Team: Don’t Call Me Mom.

By November 25, 2019 0
IEP Mom “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Eleanor Roosevelt (supposedly) History (and Google Analytics) tells
Your IEP Meeting | What to Bring | What to Expect
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Your IEP Meeting | What to Bring | What to Expect

By November 30, 2020 0
What to Expect at an IEP Meeting My first IEP meeting did not go well. Well, wait. Kevin has been
My IEP Meeting is tomorrow!
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My IEP Meeting is tomorrow!

By March 21, 2019 0
When your IEP Meeting is Tomorrow This was in an email I opened this morning: “Hi! I have my IEP
Can a Parent Record an IEP Meeting? | Recording Laws for 50 States
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Can a Parent Record an IEP Meeting? | Recording Laws for 50 States

By April 29, 2020 3
Recording School IEP Meetings Can you (audio) record your IEP meeting? It’s a question that I’ve seen parents

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