Be on Alert for these phrases at your IEP Meeting.

Well, after having attended hundreds of IEP meetings, I can tell you that there are common themes. There are often things that are said and are, in most cases, well-intended.

And, since IEP meetings are stressful and often fast-moving, it can be difficult to pinpoint a specific issue in real time.

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Text on a blue gradient background that reads, “well, we never see him/her do this at school...”.
Text on a blue gradient background that reads, “well, we never see him/her do this at school…”.

Just one example: After school Meltdowns

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Text on a blue gradient background stating "he's doing fine! he doesn’t need….
Text on a blue gradient background stating “he’s doing fine! he doesn’t need….

What to do next, when you’re told “He’s doing fine!”

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Gradient blue background with white text that reads, "well we can't because...
Gradient blue background with white text that reads, “well we can’t because…

Yes, they can. Won’t is probably more accurate. Here’s what to do– Read: Things you Never Want to Hear at an IEP Meeting.

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Text on a blue gradient background reads "i'm going to have to get back to you on that...
Text on a blue gradient background reads “i’m going to have to get back to you on that…

If a person at the IEP meeting says they are not authorized to make a decision, then there was no LEA representative at your meeting. And therefore, no IEP meeting because the necessary IEP team members weren’t there.

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Gradient blue background with white text saying "we don't do that here....
Gradient blue background with white text saying “we don’t do that here….

To learn more: What to Do When Your IEP Team Says, “We Don’t Do That Here.”

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Blue gradient background with white text that reads "we have to because....
Blue gradient background with white text that reads “we have to because….

No, one of the main principles of IEPs is individualization.

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Gradient blue background with white text that reads: "let’s just wait and see….
Gradient blue background with white text that reads: “let’s just wait and see….

To learn more: Why IEP Parents Should Never Agree to the “Let’s just Wait and See”

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White text on a blue background reads, "if i do that for your child, i have to do it for all of them....
White text on a blue background reads, “if i do that for your child, i have to do it for all of them….

No, one of the main principles of IEPs is individualization.

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Gradient blue background with white text that reads "his grades are fine!.
Gradient blue background with white text that reads “his grades are fine!.

Here is what to do when you’re told “His grades are fine!”

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Gradient blue background with white text saying "we don't do that here....
Gradient blue background with white text saying “we don’t do that here….

Read: What to Do When Your IEP Team Says, “We Don’t Do That Here.”

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