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How to prepare for your child's IEP meeting.

Congratulations! you have survived the the beginning of the new academic year... The teachers are getting to know your child and preparing goals for them, and soon the IEP's will be sent.

it's important as a parent to also prepare your notes, concerns and goals for your child as well, you can discuss some goals with your child's Case supervisor, therapists, (Speech, OT, BCBA/IBA, ABA and your child's Learning support assistant if you have one) and share them with SENCo and Teacher.

Here are some tips on how Parents can prepare for their IEP meeting with the teacher.

Experts, advocates, and other parents agree that preparing for the IEP meeting is the key to building a plan that will ensure your child’s success. So prepare, prepare, and prepare more, using these tips to guide you:

  1. Write a list of issues that you feel are important. Try to resolve any questions or concerns before the meeting so the time you’re with the team can be used productively to agree on a plan. Prior discussion will eliminate surprises at this meeting. (Academic, Social and behavior goals)

  2. look at your previous IEP goals. it s a good starting point.

  3. Prepare your own questions and items to address.

  4. To be an informed participant in the process request that the SENCo provide you with their concerns and proposed goals, objectives, and placement recommendations prior to the meeting. (Which you should discuss with your child's therapists)

  5. Schedule your therapist for a class observation.

  6. make sure you let your child's supervisor or therapists, (LSA) about the meeting ahead of time if you would like them to join. IEP meeting may include a list of participants. s

  7. If this is your first IEP meeting, talk to other parents who have been through this to learn from their experiences. You may also find it useful to connect with support groups online or through social media or whatsapp group like Autism Support Dubai group on facebook .

  8. Know your child. Prepare a sample parent vision statement that describes your child. Provide a list of her strengths, challenges, preferences, learning styles, and what your child needs to succeed across curricula and environments. Offer samples of her work and recent evaluations done outside of school.

  9. (if your child is older) Consider including your child if appropriate and if they're ready.

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