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How to Write an IEP That Meets Your Needs

As an IEP writer, it may be daunting to create an IEP tailored specifically to your needs; however, some key steps can help ease this process and provide you with peace of mind.

Once eligibility has been determined, an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) team must convene. This group includes parents, teachers and other school staff–along with any appropriate members of the child’s immediate family–that collaborate to develop an educational program which helps the student participate and progress within the general education curriculum.

At an Individual Education Plan (IEP) meeting, the team should discuss the present level of academic achievement and functional performance for the student. This will give an accurate picture of what their current level is like and whether there are any discrepancies between current performance levels and desired goals.

It’s essential that IEPs contain measurable goals. These should be tailored specifically to each child and address their unique needs, while being achievable within a set timeline. An example goal could include “By the end of this 9-week period, Sara will demonstrate her ability to independently solve word problems involving fractions by partitioning wholes into equal parts with 90% accuracy on 4 out of 5 trials.”

This section of an IEP details what services or accommodations will be made available to a student, from help with reading and writing to behavioral supports. Indicated here should also be whether these are direct or consultative services and their frequency as well as who will provide these services; last but not least it must include contact details of anyone providing these services or accommodations.

At last, an IEP must specify where and in what learning environment the student will receive these services and/or use this learning environment; for instance this could include regular classroom, special education classroom or another setting (and will be detailed at the top of this section).

IEPs are legally binding documents. When signed, school systems must provide their agreed upon services to your child. Therefore it’s vital that parents understand what’s contained within an IEP so they can ask questions and give consent at any time; though parents have the option of withdrawing consent at any time without incurring legal ramifications if doing so.

At an IEP meeting, it can be beneficial for parents to bring someone along as an extra support system and translator if you do not speak the same language as other members of the team. While students aren’t required to attend these meetings, having them there provides them an opportunity to voice their own concerns; should one refuses attendance then schools should inquire as to why and discuss rearranging meeting dates accordingly.

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