As the rush of the first few weeks of school ends and you begin to settle in, it’s a good time to pause and take a look at your child’s Individualized Education Plan (“IEP”). The IEP is a critically important document. It is the document that describes what your child’s needs are and what the school is doing about it. So, it is really important that it be accurate and comprehensive.
Reading the IEP may feel daunting, and many parents tell me they are so exhausted by the PPT process that they don’t actually review the IEP when it is later sent to them. But reviewing the IEP doesn’t have to feel overwhelming. Here are seven things to look for.
When parents sit with the IEP, outside of the PPT meeting, in a calm quiet environment and read through it, they often find a number of things that are not accurate, missing, or outdated. This should be corrected. Sometimes errors can be corrected by a simple amendment but sometimes you will need a new PPT meeting to address the issues of concern. If you aren’t sure what to do, contact an advocate or attorney for help.