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5 Rules for Successful IEP Meetings

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September 27, 2011

When I told the team that I was dissatisfied with Jeremy's progress, the chairman said, "What do you want us to do?" Several people laughed. I was so embarrassed! Don't they know what to do? They were trying to make me feel stupid. - Marie at parent training session.

IEP team membersEffective advocacy comes from research, planning, and preparation. When a meeting is scheduled, it is time to prepare. Remember the rules:

  1. Know what you want
  2. Do not blame or criticize
  3. Protect the parent-school relationship
  4. Seek win-win solutions to problems
  5. Understand the school's position

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will find out how to represent your child's interest as you negotiate with the IEP team. Learn the rules and the steps to prepare for a successful IEP meeting.

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Know What You Want!

If you are like many parents, you think you must use educational jargon to make requests and express concerns. Not so! Make your requests in clear simple language.

Pre-Meeting Worksheet: What do you want? What does the school want? As you prepare, complete the information on a Pre-Meeting Worksheet to answer important questions to address team concerns and fears.

Parent Agenda: An effective way to provide the school with a list of your concerns and questions before the meeting so school members of your child's team will have time to prepare and address your concerns.


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Team Spirit: Suppose I Disagree with the IEP Team?

There is nothing wrong with disagreement. Problems come from the manner in which disagreements are handled. There are better ways to obtain positive results than to roar through meetings in a Mack Truck.

Find out what to do When Disagreements Turn Into Power Struggles. Learn how to manage emotions, recognize pitfalls, and avoid mistakes at IEP meetings when you disagree with the team.

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