Believe it or not... Parents & Teachers & Therapists all struggle with IEP meetings.
I know, Parents, you are thinking that you are the one that has 12 people around the table who all "know what they are doing", but I'm going to let you in on a little secret... not all teachers & teams feel confident at the IEP meeting.
In fact, after working with both parents and teams for over 20+ years, and having been a teacher myself AND having a brother with Down syndrome... I can confidently say that nobody feels 100% sure at the IEP table. I mean the stakes are HIGH, we all have to work together to build an awesome education for an exceptional student.
The pressure is ON at these meetings and everyone knows it. So you lose sleep, get hyped up on caffeine and then fuel yourself with determination to do what's needed for an extraordinary child to LEARN.
So what should we do?
Prioritize and Prepare - the best we can.
So before your next IEP meeting - Do these 3 things - you'll thank yourself later!
Yes, there are dozens of other steps you can take to prep for an IEP meeting, but too often, these are forgotten. When these steps above are left out - surprises happen, frustration overwhelms, communication shuts down and important details get overlooked.
There really should be NO surprises at an IEP meeting - I'm serious.
Stay tuned for your next 3 steps of IEP prep - coming up soon!
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If you sit at an IEP table, this checklist is for you! Parents, teachers, therapists and support team members... you can all use this tool for your next IEP meeting!