Special Education and Regional Center Blog
Helping Parents Navigate the Special Education, the Regional Center, and IHSS program.
This is a good article from The Washington Post that discusses how to make the most of your child's IEP: https://goo.gl/tdstUe
The Five Recommendations in the article are:
1. Know your child's rights. Check out my Resources page for good information on parent's rights, especially Special Education Rights and Responsibilities (SERR) by Disability Rights California.
2. Don't let concerns simmer. I am going to add on to this and say that you should request an IEP team meeting anytime you have concerns regarding how your child is doing academically, socially, behaviorally, or how the child is progressing towards her goals.
3. Take a team approach. Most IEP teams do want to help the child. It is important to go into the meeting with a team approach, especially since the team members are the professionals that will be working with your child.
4. Do your homework. One of the most important ways to have a good IEP meeting is by doing your homework. See my Blog post on how to prepare for an IEP.
5. Don't back down. First it is important to think about What to Do When an IEP team says No, see my Blog post. Sometimes legal action is warranted and sometimes not.
Please contact me to discuss your next IEP.