How can parents prepare for an IEP Meeting? (Part 1)
What does being prepared mean or look like?
[Listen to Podcast]
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, parent advocate.
Biggest Takeaways You Don’t Want to Miss:
- What does being prepared for an IEP mean?
- More importantly what should being prepared look like?
- How can you get organized when it comes to your child’s IEP? How can you prepare for the meeting?
- IEP binder organization (you’ll need a binder!), is there one best way to do it?
A quick bonus for listening:
You’ll want to check out Amanda’s tips on organizing your child’s IEP Binder. (watch it, it will be worth it.)
Check out these podcast highlights:
- Avoid becoming overwhelmed; your child isn’t necessarily what they look like “on paper.” [03:30]
- Make sure you have copies of all the information that’s going to be discussed at the meeting. By law, you have rights that you should know in advance.[03:52]
- Understand the paperwork in front of you; what does this look like practically speaking? [04:47]
- Should you have a support person attend the meeting with you?[05:35]
- How to organize an IEP binder and how Amanda uses hers and keeps it updated. [08:34]
Links mentioned in this episode:
>> Part 2 My Interview with Amanda conitnues (podcast): We’re talking about actually attending an IEP meeting and what types of questions to ask.
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