How Can Parents Prepare for an IEP Meeting? (Part 2)
Part 2: We’re talking about actually attending an IEP meeting; what types of questions to ask at the IEP meeting, and should you bring (or NOT bring) cookies to the IEP meeting (plus a whole lot more important information).
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If your child is part of the special education system, you know that at some point during the year, you’re going to have to attend an IEP meeting on behalf of your child.
Why then is it that every year I, like many of you, feel overwhelmed when the time approaches and feel like I am reacting versus being proactive? I wanted and needed help. I figured it might be helpful and valuable for ALL OF YOU, too, so I reached out to Amanda Morin.
Amanda is an author (The Everything Parent’s Guide to Special Education), and she is also the in-house expert for Understood.org, former early childhood educator and parent advocate.
In case you missed Part 1 of our interview with Amanda, you may want to go back and have a listen to part. We discussed information regarding “How can parents prepare for an IEP meeting?”
What does being prepared actually mean or even look like? Amanda also shares tips on ways to organize your IEP binder (yes, you will need a binder).
Biggest Takeaways You Don’t Want to Miss:
What types of questions should you ask during the IEP meeting?
Make sure you know everyone attending the meeting and how they work with your child.
Ask, “Who is present at the meeting that can make decisions on the behalf of the school?”
Feel competent and confident in your child’s IEP meeting.
A quick bonus for listening:
You’ll want to check out Amanda’s tips on organizing your child’s IEP Binder. (watch the video, it will be worth it.)
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The new part 3 of the interview is out now! Continue listening to “How Can Parents Prepare for an IEP Meeting? (Part 3).”
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