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Parent Tips for Successful IEP Meetings

1. Before the meeting
  1. Consider bringing a trusted person with you - spouse, partner, relative, neighbor, friend.
  2. Build a positive relationship with at least one person on the IEP team before the meeting.
  3. Plan ahead and put your thoughts and questions down on paper so you won't forget to mention what's important to you.
  4. Jot down a list of strengths, challenges, preferences, and what you think your son or daughter needs to succeed in school.
  5. Ask your child what is going well and what areas they would like to focus upon.
2. During the meeting
  1. There will be a discussion and review of the student’s present level of performance including data to support this decision
  2. Ask questions and seek clarification.
  3. Share your ideas about goals, services, and participation in school activities.
  4. Involve your child in the IEP meeting. When your students is 18, they will be the adult making decisions about his/her own placement, so it’s never too early to include the child in the process.
3. After the meeting
  1. Review the documents discussed at the meeting. Immediately contact the primary provider, school psychologist, or principal with questions or concerns.
  2. Create a file to keep all special education paperwork so you have it as a resource.
  3. Request another meeting if you have concerns about your child’s program, progress, or services.
  4. Continue building the relationship with school personnel.