You’ve pressed your child’s school for testing and some learning issues have been uncovered. Your child’s school has put a plan, an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), in place and you’re going to the IEP meeting. What should you expect?
IEP meetings are very professional with reports that have been prepared by each of your childs teachers. Mountains of paperwork are generated at these meetings with everyone signing off on everything discussed. It can seem overwhelming and you may feel that these meetings become a them vs. us situation with the teachers and administration ganging up on you and your son or daughter. You might feel that you don’t have a say in what they’ve decided and that you have to go along with everything they’ve said or plan to do.
One word of advice as a veteran of IEP meetings is to remember that you are your child’s advocate and that no one will fight harder for your child than you will. If you feel that your child is not getting the help or services he or she needs in order to learn and meet their potential, then politely state that and ask what else can be done.
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