The IEP Meeting...What Parents Should Know

Parents, you're invited!

 

The IEP meeting represents a chance to build a positive relationship among team members for the benefit of the child.  As a parent, it is your opportunity to meet with the school staff and discuss your child's strengths and needs as a communicator.

What is an IEP?

IEP stands for Individualized Education Plan. Students with an IEP have been tested and found to be eligible for speech-language or other special education services. The IEP is a written document that gives information about these services.

What is an IEP meeting?

The IEP meeting is typically held once a year and is designed to help all the team members find ways to help your child achieve success. Team members at Jenny Lind include parents, the classroom teacher, the school social worker as a district representative, and special education staff. A speech-language pathologist will attend this meeting if the child has a need for communication services.

Is it imporant that parents attend the meeting?

Yes! Parental involvement is the key to your child's success at school. The information that only you can provide at these meetings is very important.

What will be discussed at the meeting?

If this is your first IEP meeting regarding communication services, you can expect to hear the results of testing by the speech-language pathologist. All team members will share ideas about your child's strengths and needs as a communicator. As a parent, you can contribute your perspective by describing your child's language development and your concerns.  A plan will be developed which includes a goal and objectives. These represent the direction and steps the speech-language pathologist will take to help your child improve his articulation, language, fluency or voice skills.

What should I do before the meeting?

.      Talk with your child about school and his/her ideas about his/her communication.
.      Write down goals for your child and questions you may have for other team members.

What should I do during the meeting

.      We'd like to hear from you!  This is our chance to get to know your child from your perspective.  Share your ideas with your team members.
.      Ask questions if you don't understand something.     
.      Be sure to find out how you can help your child to practice his/her new communication skills at home. 

What should I do after the meeting?

.     The proposed IEP will be sent home within 10 days. Review the plan. If you agree, sign the Notice of Proposed Services and return it to the school. If you don't agree with the plan, discuss changes with the speech-language pathologist (or other special education teacher).
.     Continue the plan at home by practicing the objectives.
.     Find activities that reflect your child's progress.
.     Enjoy his/her improved self-confidence!