I’m still a pen and paper gal. Love my smartphone for somethings and my laptop for others, but I still love pen and paper. My grocery list, my calendar/planner, my to-do lists for around the house….all done the old-fashioned way.
While our home printer gets much less use than it did a few years ago, it still gets used. I’m a visual person-I need to see things, I need to look at a big picture. I need to see my “month at a glance” and not scroll through an online calendar. Also, for events such as meetings, I prefer to have papers in front of me instead of asking people to ‘hold on a sec!’ while I tap around in an app for what I need.
So hopefully you, like me, will find some of these IEP printables useful and helpful. I decided to put them all in one spot, since I am asked about them frequently.
IEP meeting printables
Parent Worksheet/Cover sheet: This is a great one to print and prepare a day or two before your meeting. It’s an overview of the items that you want to make sure get discussed so that you don’t forget anything. It also serves as a little cheat sheet reminder of the main principles of special education. Should you find yourself in a discussion where something in your gut doesn’t feel right, it should fit into one of those principles and therefore help you define it better at the meeting.
500 SDIs list: This goes without saying, but it’s a must-print for your meeting! Bringing your own SDI and accommodation suggestions will help you become a more valuable team member and help you gather more meaningful input.
Home-school communication logs: One of the reasons that schools and teachers resist some things is that they don’t feel that they have time for any more tasks–such as developing a communication medium for you and your child. Make it easier for them, which in turn makes it easier to get to yes. Bring along a few of these and find one to agree upon and help increase communication between you and your team.
Vision Statement: I firmly believe that every IEP needs a vision statement. However, if your IEP meeting is tomorrow….I’d hold off. This isn’t something that should be done within an hour or two. Print the free booklet, read it, get input from your child and work on this together. How do you know where the child is going if you have not defined the vision?
Acronym cheat sheet: Printing this and having it with you might help you learn some of those pesky acronyms! At least if this is handy, you won’t have to ask what all of them are.
IEP Organizer: I always recommend that parents spend the $5 and get this organizer. You buy the PDF so you can use it over and over and it will make the whole IEP process easier for parents to tackle.
Visual Schedules for Daily Routines: There are many options for visual schedules online, but it seems that daily routines is one that parents and teachers need the most.
25 letter templates: Need to write a letter but just cannot get started? Let these templates for common special ed letters get you started.
Hopefully this gets a good starting point and helps you feel more balanced and centered and prepared for your meeting. Remember, we expect the IEP team members to pay attention to the IEP all year long–so should we!
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