I’m a special education teacher. I am responsible for writing your child’s IEP. And then, once it’s all created and finalized, I’m responsible for making sure it gets implemented appropriately.
First, let me make it clear that I have your child’s best interest at heart.
I will never suggest anything less or anything more than your child needs. I know the struggle you must feel each day because you are a parent. A parent that wants what is best for their child, but a parent who may not know the right questions to ask or the right way to ask it.
People may not tell you this because they may not want you to know, but you should know that you are in control. You can say, “This isn’t working,” or, “I think he/she needs something different” at any time during the year and you can ask that the IEP team get together to discuss a different plan for your child. You do not have to wait for an annual meeting and you do not have to wait until someone at the school calls you to give an update.
So, let me help you.
Because, though I’ve only been teaching for five years, I’ve sat through a number of IEP meetings and I know what it must feel like to have educational lingo thrown around, data sheets shoved at you, and a panel of people telling you what you should do with your child.
Here are a few questions you can ask to ensure you’re developing a plan that’s appropriate for your child.
That last one is particularly important. There may be times when you are confused because there is a LOT of information shared at these meetings. Please do not be afraid to have the evaluator explain herself again. Please do not feel as though you are being annoying by asking the teachers the same question over and over again. It is our job is to ensure that parents understand every little bit of information discussed at their child’s IEP meeting.
And, as I always tell the parents I work with, I am available any time you may have any questions or need clarification. Just send me a message, shoot me an e-mail, or contact me through any of my social media accounts. I will be sure to get back to you.
Questions of the Day:
- Have you attended an IEP as a parent? As a teacher? As an advocate? What would you add to this list?