5 Rules for Successful IEP Meetings

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ISSN: 1538-320
October 22, 2019

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image of women note saying know the rulesEffective 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!

Pre-Meeting Worksheet: What do you want? What does the school want? You will be better prepared if you complete a Pre-Meeting Worksheet.

Parent Agenda: Provide the school with a list of your concerns and questions before the meeting.

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Plan and Prepare

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

When you know a meeting is scheduled, it is time to prepare.

If you need help, use the following list as a step-by-step guide.

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Identify Problems: Propose Win-Win Solutions

Taking (and Maintaining) Control at IEP Meetings: Chapter 25 and 26 in Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2d Edition.

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Suppose I Disagree with the IEP Team?

Dont agree with the IEP team - but don't want to start WWIII?

Be polite but firm.

Tip: Think how Miss Manners handles difficult situations and use this idea to guide you.

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