Meeting the Challenge of the IEP Process
"How To" Tips for Parent Input

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ISSN: 1538-320
October 17, 2017

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When you learn that an IEP meeting is scheduled, it's time to get ready.

The keys to successful IEP meetings are planning and preparing, organizing information, and knowing how to present your requests.

Create a pre-meeting worksheet. As you prepare, you will be able to answer more of these questions:

  • What do you want?
  • What does the school want?
  • What action do you want the school to take?
  • How motivated are they to give you what you want?
  • What will prevent them from giving you what you want?
  • How can you address their concerns and fears?

This week in our IEP series - you'll find advocacy "how to" tips from the experts.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will learn about powerful and effective tools to help you take control at IEP meetings and strategies to help you control the outcome.

We hope you will forward this issue to other friends, families, or colleagues.

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How To Use a Parent IEP Attachment

Here's a simple tool you can use to document your requests, decisions made on your requests, and the reasons provided for these decisions.

A powerful little tool to make the IEP process a little more "parent friendly" and help keep the IEP Team on track.


The Power of Your Written Follow-Up Letter

A follow-up letter is more important than the notes you keep.

Use a follow-up letter to document any disagreements, procedural errors, untruths, misstatements -- all the things that never make it into the summary of the meeting.

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Parent Input at IEP Meetings

Parent Agenda, IEP Meeting Worksheet, Post Meeting Strategies - Chapters 25 and 26 in Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition.

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IEP Tips for Parents & Teachers

School has started. Your first IEP meeting is approaching.  Both parents and teachers are anxious about what this year will bring.  What will happen at the first IEP meeting?

What can you do to ensure a productive meeting?

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