Parent Tips for Successful IEP Meetings
1. Before the meeting
- Consider bringing a trusted person with you - spouse, partner, relative, neighbor, friend.
- Build a positive relationship with at least one person on the IEP team before the meeting.
- Plan ahead and put your thoughts and questions down on paper so you won't forget to mention what's important to you.
- Jot down a list of strengths, challenges, preferences, and what you think your son or daughter needs to succeed in school.
- Ask your child what is going well and what areas they would like to focus upon.
2. During the meeting
- There will be a discussion and review of the student’s present level of performance including data to support this decision
- Ask questions and seek clarification.
- Share your ideas about goals, services, and participation in school activities.
- 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
- Review the documents discussed at the meeting. Immediately contact the primary provider, school psychologist, or principal with questions or concerns.
- Create a file to keep all special education paperwork so you have it as a resource.
- Request another meeting if you have concerns about your child’s program, progress, or services.
- Continue building the relationship with school personnel.