Whether it’s Your First IEP or You’re a Pro: 10 things to Cover at the Meeting
6. What does this mean for my child’s graduation path?
Your child’s team will discuss how he will participate on statewide tests. That’s a good time to make sure you understand whether his program puts him on a path to a regular diploma or a certificate of completion. If you’re not comfortable with the answer, be sure to bring up your concerns and ask the team to work toward a solution.
7. What other supports and training should we consider?
This is a crucial question, especially if your child’s disability and needs are complex. This conversation can cover things like assistive technology and classroom aides. However, it also is the time to talk about what support the staff working with your child may need. If you think the staff needs training to learn more about your child’s specific disability or how to handle medical needs, ask that to be included in his IEP.
8. Will my child need Extended School Year (ESY) services?
If your child is at risk for losing skills over school breaks, the team should talk about providing services during vacations. Having good progress reporting and data tracking in place can help make this decision easier. If you’re able to see a pattern of regression, then it’s easier to determine the need for ESY. Keep in mind, too, that if your child’s IEP services haven’t been provided consistently, you can request ESY to make it up.
9. Does my child need a Behavior Intervention Plan?
A behavior intervention plan is a plan that outlines ways to help your child learn coping strategies and maintain appropriate behavior. If your child is having difficulty, it’s important to talk about creating a positive and proactive plan that all the staff can follow. If your child has not had a functional behavior assessment, ask for one and follow that up with a written request. The assessment examines your child’s behavior to identify causes. It helps provide information to create appropriate interventions.
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10. Do we need to create a transition plan?
If your child is 14 years or older, his IEP needs to include goals and planning for post-high school life. This is called a transition plan. If it’s not on the agenda, you may need to schedule another meeting to discuss it in depth.
Of course, if you have other questions or concerns, those should be addressed at the IEP meeting, too. You don’t have to limit yourself to answering these ten questions, but making sure they are covered is a good start.