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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Are You Ready for Your IEP Meeting?

From Smart Kids with LD

March 7, 2016

Editor's Note: Readiness includes anticipating that the clinician you choose to conduct your child's independent evaluation (or 3-year re-evaluation) may have a waiting list, and scheduling the testing soon enough to allow the production of a written report, a process that generally takes around six weeks. In planning your schedule, work backward from the end of the school year to make sure that you'll have all of your materials in hand in time to arrange a meeting, before school personnel depart for the summer. Allow even more lead time if your evaluation is likely to require one or more school visits.

For most practices, the busiest time of the year is fast approaching. Make any necessary appointments NOW!

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Although it may not feel like Spring in your neck of the woods, warmer days are just around the corner. With Spring comes that annual rite of passage—and no, I’m not talking about Easter egg hunts.

I’m talking about IEP meetings: the yearly gathering of the school team (link to who’s on team) to review your child’s progress and the special education services he’s receiving.

At Smart Kids with LD we know the importance of IEP meetings, which is why we devote an entire section of our website to The ABCs of IEPs. From who’s on the team to choosing the right accommodations, we have the resources you need to be the effective advocate your child deserves.

If this is your first IEP, take a look at our Primer for Parents New to the Process. It will be helpful to scan Tips for Writing an IEP when it comes time to clarify the objectives for the coming year. If your child struggles with social issues, take our advice and Put Social Skills in the IEP—something that is too often overlooked.

And, don’t forget to check out Progress Monitoring, a worthwhile reminder of how to know if this process is working for your child.

The following is a full list of articles to help parents make the most of the IEP process:

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