Everyone knows that Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meetings determine the type of support and accommodations required for the student to achieve their educational goals. At these meetings, your child’s team of professionals (educators and clinicians from school), you, and your child, work together to develop an IEP that outlines your child's educational needs, goals, and services.
Parents play a crucial role in IEP meetings, as you know your child best and can provide valuable insights, into your child's motivations, strengths, weaknesses, and learning style.
Advocates must remember that by asking questions, parents can gain a better understanding of their child's educational needs and how the IEP can be tailored to meet those needs.
As a parent you must ask questions during IEP meetings, so that it will lead to a more comprehensive and effective IEP that better addresses your child's UNIQUE needs. These questions ensure that the team is aware of all the relevant information and perspectives required when making decisions about your child’s education.
The more you as a parent are involved and engaged in the IEP process, the more it will have a positive impact on your child’s academic outcomes.
Research has shown that students whose parents are actively involved in their education tend to have better academic performance, improved behavior, higher attendance rates, and a greater likelihood of graduating.
As a parent attending an Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting, you want to make sure that your child is getting the best possible support for their education. Here are the top 10 general questions that everyone asks during the meeting:
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Marie Lewis is an author, consultant, and national speaker on best practices in education advocacy. She is a parent of 3 children and a Disability Case Manager, Board Certified Education Advocate, and Behavior Specialist Consultant. She has assisted in the development of thousands of IEPs nationally and consults on developing appropriately individualized IEPs that are outcome-based vs legally sufficient. She brings a great depth of expertise, practical experience, and compassion to her work as well as expert insight, vision, and systemic thinking. She is passionate and funny and she always inspires and informs.
MJ Gore has an MEd in counseling and a degree in elementary education and natural sciences. She worked as a life-skills and learning support teacher She has been honored with the receipt of the Presidential Volunteer Service Award. She is the Director and on the faculty at the National Special Education Advocacy Institute. Her passion is social justice, especially in the area of education. She is a Board Certified Education Advocate who teaches professional advocates, educators, and clinicians the best practices in education advocacy.
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