New Pop-Up! Special Factors in IEPs

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ISSN: 1538-320
November 22, 2011

IEP FAQs Pop-Up Special FactorsIDEA 2004 includes a section about developing IEPs for children with special factors. Your child's IEP team is required to consider special factors that affect your child's ability to learn.

What are these special factors? Did the IEP team give individualized consideration of these factors when your child's IEP was developed or revised?

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will find what special factors need to be considered by the IEP team, how the IEP must address these factors, and learn what the federal law and regulations require.

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New Pop-Up! Special Factors in IEPs

Do you have questions about IEPs? You are not alone. Can you guess what topic our readers ask about more frequently than any other? You're right - IEPs.

You will find something new in this issue. We created a Pop-Up to answer your frequently asked questions about IDEA requirements for consideration of special factors. IEP FAQs Pop-Up! Special Factors in IEPs

Just click on the box in the pop-up to see answers to the questions, federal law or regulations that support these answers, and a list of additional resources.


Special Factors: Behavior

Help! My child has autism. Sometimes, he is disruptive and his behavior interferes with other children's learning. Must the IEP team develop a plan to address these problem behaviors?

Yes. IDEA and the federal regulations include specific requirements for IEPs of children whose behavior impedes their learning or the learning of other children.

Pat Howey describes these requirements in IEPs for children with Behavior Problems.


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Special Factors: Limited English Proficiency

If your child does not speak or understand English well, the IEP team needs to ensure that your child's language needs are identified and met.

The team must consider objective data about your child's reading, writing, speaking, and understanding skills.

If your child has a disability and is eligible for special education and related services, the IEP team must Identify and Meet Your Child's Language Needs.


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