The Importance of Ongoing Communication and Review: How to Stay Involved in Your Child's IEP Process
This is the final post of the IEP Basics for parents series. Scroll to the bottom for a list of links to the first 4 parts if you missed them.
The Individualized Education Program (IEP) process doesn't end with the initial meeting. It's important for parents to stay involved and communicate with the IEP team regularly to ensure that their child's needs are being met and to make any necessary adjustments to the IEP as their child's needs evolve. Here are some tips for staying involved in the IEP process and maintaining ongoing communication and review:
Attend IEP review meetings: The IEP should be reviewed and revised at least once a year, and sometimes more frequently depending on the child's needs. It's important for parents to attend these review meetings and provide input on their child's progress and any changes to their needs.
Communicate with your child's teacher: It's important to maintain regular communication with your child's teacher to stay updated on their progress and any concerns that may arise. Consider setting up regular check-ins or meeting with the teacher to discuss your child's progress and needs.
Review the IEP document: It's a good idea to review the IEP document regularly to ensure that it is accurately reflecting your child's needs and progress. If you have any concerns or questions about the IEP, be sure to raise them with the IEP team.
Keep track of your child's progress: It's helpful to keep track of your child's progress towards meeting their goals and objectives. This can help you identify any areas of concern and provide valuable input to the IEP team during review meetings.
Advocate for your child's needs: If you have concerns about your child's progress or feel that their needs are not being met, it's important to advocate for them and communicate your concerns to the IEP team. Working together, you can ensure that your child's needs are being met and that the IEP is effective in supporting their success.
Call a meeting anytime: As a parent, you have the right to call an IEP meeting to review the document, your child's progress, and present levels of performance. Sometimes it is necessary to amend or revise the IEP document itself if the team finds that changes are needed. You may be asked to attend an amendment IEP to revise services, goals, or to request assessments.
Maintaining ongoing communication and review is an important part of the IEP process. By staying involved and advocating for your child's needs, you can ensure that they are receiving the necessary supports to succeed in school.
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