IEP is an abbreviated term for Individualized Education […]
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This post provided insight and suggestions for parents of children with disabilities regarding an IEP. IEP stands for individualized education plan. This document and process was created in the American with Disabilities Act (or ADA). With this, it was stated public schools must provide service in the suitable environment that meets the needs of the student with disabilities. An IEP is a written document that is composed of specific accommodations, supports, and services the school must provide for the student. An IEP is created at a meeting with a number of individuals including teachers, specialists, therapists, administrators, and a parent. A mother who now homeschools her child but had her in public school receiving speech services for a year provided the tips. In the article the mother provides four main tips: prepare for the meeting, advocate for your child, set goals for your child, and keep your own records.
Whenever I discuss IEPs as a special education major, I like to explain it as leveling the playing field. IEPs allow students to get the extra support they need to reach their full academic success. One of the most crucial aspects of an IEP is they are individualized for every student. Therefore, no two IEPs will ever look alike. This is key because this is what allows each student to succeed. I think the one thing to take away from this article is sadly parents are misinformed. Before going into meetings, as stated in the article, parents must do research and find out what the IEP is all about. For example, most parents probably don’t know they can bring another individual with them. That individual can be a relative, a neighbor, a therapist, a lawyer, just someone who will strongly advocate for your child. There are so many components to an IEP and they can be very complex and confusing (and I’m a special education major). For the child’s success, it is essential their parent’s are their advocates and paly a large role in the IEP process.