If your child exhibits attention or learning difficulties that inhibit their abilities in the classroom, you are not alone. Millions of families across the United States work to receive positive and successful learning programs for their child with special needs.

Public schools in the United States must have an Individualized Education Program (IEP). The program helps develop a document highlighting a schedule and plan for your child’s learning. Ensuring quality education that fits your child’s specific needs can help your child find their strengths and leave you with peace of mind, as they will receive the best care and attention in school.

Individualized Education Program formation

The purpose of an IEP is to effectively teach children with special learning needs and give them an opportunity to enforce focus and goals. Along with children’s learning, parents and teachers adopt practices that prove best for individual children.

Creating an IEP is a process that involves all parties. Looking at the child’s abilities, development and eligibility with the program leads to the creation of a sound document. Your IEP application will prove eligible if you, a teacher, and school system go through the following steps.

  1. An assessment is conducted, and it is determined that your child possibly needs special education.
  2. A series of tests and development evaluations occur.
  3. Your child’s eligibility for IEP is determined.
  4. The school system schedules an IEP meeting with all parties.
  5. The IEP is written.

Contents of your child’s IEP

An IEP will outline various activities that your child may participate in with regards to their development. An IEP will include:

  • Current performance notes
  • Annual goals for your child
  • Special education services provided
  • Participation with nondisabled children
  • Participation in state and district-wide tests
  • Transition services if needed
  • Measurement of progress

Because each IEP depends on the needs and abilities of your specific child, you know that he or she is receiving quality education geared toward their own successes and progress. It is essential, if your child exhibits issues with learning and development due to attention problems, that you create and develop an IEP plan.