What You Need to Know About IEPs:
Answers to Your IEP FAQs

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Circulation: 79,193
ISSN: 1538-320

April 20, 2010

Do any of these questions and concerns sound familiar?

  • What happens when your child does not make any progress?
  • What about related services in the IEP?
  • Can my child's IEP be changed or revised?
  • Can I get any training so that I can help my child more?

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate,we answer your frequently asked questions about developing your child's IEP, including parent/teacher training, documenting concerns and disagreements, and how to get your child's IEP revised.

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How Can I Document My IEP Concerns?

The school is responsible for providing your child with FAPE. Often in due process cases, schools try to defend poor IEPs by claiming that the parent "fully participated" in the IEP process and agreed to these vague goals and objectives.

If you are presented with an IEP that you don't think is appropriate, say that you don’t think the IEP provides your child with enough help or the right kind of help - that your child has not made progress.

When you disagree with the IEP Team here's How to Document Your Concerns on IEPs.


Why, When, and How Can I Get the IEP Revised?

Consenting to an IEP does not mean you are stuck with it - or that it will be appropriate for an entire year. Would you ask your children to wear the same shoes year after year? Their feet grow and change. So do their needs in school.

You can request that an IEP be changed at any time. Read How Can I Get My Child's IEP Revised?


Can the IEP Include Parent & Teacher Training?

Is your child making no progress? Does his teacher think he just isn't trying? Are you concerned because you think the teacher isn't trained to provide the assistance your child needs and you don't know how to help?

Your child's IEP can and should provide training for his teacher - and for you as a parent. The IEP should contain a statement of these services and clearly designate who is responsible for the training.

Read Support For School Personnel and Parent Training: Often Overlooked Keys To Success


Can I Use Academic Standards to Develop IEP Goals?

Your child's IEP should be based on information from current evaluations (present levels of educational performance) and your state's curriculum and standards so she can meet the academic standards, high expectations, and goals established for children who are not disabled.

Do you know (or know where to find) your state academic standards that describe what your child needs to know and be able to do in each grade?

Read Your Child's IEP & Progress in the General Education Curriculum

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  • What can I do if the IEP Team wants to change my child's placement?
  • Are ESY services written into the IEP?
  • When should the IEP Team provide a technology device or service?
  • Can the IEP help with my child's behavior problems?

In the new FAQ book - Wrightslaw: All About IEPs you will find clear, concise answers to more than 200 frequently asked questions about IEPs.


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