IEP Meeting: TEACHER WALKS OUT OF AN IEP MEETING – WHAT CAN I DO?

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Maribel:  Last week we had an IEP meeting my son is 5 -kindergarten …in LRE – diagnosis of autism … at the IEP he was to receive RSP, SPEECH, OT.  He had a Behavior plan  in place but the teacher changed it without informing me or putting it on the IEP. The week prior was the parent conference meeting, in which she was told not to speak about anything until the iep. My husband asked how she can teach 24 students with no aid and manage to put all negative data on what my son does during class in a weekly table. When we got to the teacher and the Behavior plan at the IEP meeting, she got upset and walked out. Principal, rsp specialist ,ot specialist, my therapist, regional rep, school phyc. were all there.  She signed the IEP and left.  I do not want my son in her class. is there something I can do. Can someone help… WORRIED MOM ;( !!

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Sharon L.

I have requested my son have a different teacher & the school has complied but as long as the teacher is willing to follow the IEP it does not matter what the relationship emotionally is with you. It is the student that matters & if she complies that is good enough.

Susan S

The teacher is a member of the team and can only be excused if everyone agrees. Check the state laws about how many sped kids a teacher can have in a gen ed class without an aide. If it was a formal behavior plan – a BIP (Behavior Improvement Plan) it can only be changed through the IEP process. Is your son in the best placement for him to be able to access the curriculum. LRE means the least restrict environment your son can be successful in. It does not mean the least restrictive environment the school has. Does he have the appropriate level of support he needs? You can always ask to reconvene the team.

Sharon L.

No one can legally change the IEP without the team meeting and agreeing. You can always formally disagree with the change. You don’t have to sign the IEP if you don’t agree. I had a teacher start crying in the IEP team meeting because I asked a simple question. Some of the teachers are so overwhelmed that it is difficult for them to do what they need to do. YOu mentioned that he has no aid in the class. THat would be something to request. Perhaps it is not all of the teacher’s fault. If you do your best with no improvement I believe you can request a new teacher. We have done that and it works out ok.