Meeting Your Child's Unique Needs (Part 2)
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ISSN: 1538-320
June 18, 2013

dad and boy do school workWhen you develop, review, or revise your child's Individualized Education Program (IEP), re-read the Purpose of IDEA.

  • Is the IEP designed to meet your child's unique needs?
  • Will the goals in the IEP prepare your child "for further education, employment and independent living?"

The answers to these questions will help determine if your child has an appropriate IEP that provides him with a free, appropriate public education.

This issue of the Special Ed Advocate is Part 2 about IDEA requirements for meeting your child's unique needs. Use the checklist to make sure your child's IEP is individualized.

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Checklist: Is Your Child's IEP Meeting His Unique Needs?

In developing IEPs, use the “IDEA mission statement” as your long-term goal. - Pete Wright.

Purposes is the most important statute because it is the mission statement of IDEA. 20 U. S. C. §1400(d)

When you answer the questions on this IEP Checklist, you will know if your child's IEP is individualized to meet his unique needs, as the law requires.


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Does Your Child Have Social Skills Needs?

My daughter who has autism needs help with social skills. Her peers avoid and tease her, so she has stopped trying to approach them. All she gets is 90 minutes of social skills counseling a month. Would this be considered a related service?

Do you know the answer... Is the school required to provide social skills training?


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Kids with Behavior Problems

My child has behavior issues. The school says this has nothing to do with his IEP, he's just a discipline problem. Is this right?

The law, federal regulations and commentary describe what IEP teams must do to meet the needs of children with behavior problems.


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