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What's the process for creating an IEP for my child?

Nothing should stop your child from receiving an education. An Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is a great tool that sets up children with disabilities for success in a classroom. An IEP provides measurable goals for your child as well as describes which special education and other services the school will provide to meet those goals.

This is a great way for you to collaborate with your child's school. You will meet with a special education and traditional education teacher as well as an authorized school district representative. You will work alongside your child's teachers so that their education meets their special education needs as well as their general education needs like math, reading, and science.

You play a significant role in the planning process. No one knows your child like you do. While school faculty and administration can do their best to create a suitable IEP for your child, you're able to provide unique insights into things like your child's learning style, personality and strengths.

What's in an IEP?

General contents of an IEP include your child's current school performance as well as goals for the school year. These goals can apply to the student's academic work, social interaction, behavior and more. The school and district will add the services that they can contribute to help your child meet the goals that are set.

IEPs factor in the school's general education curriculum and your child's personal interests with extra-curricular activities such as sports or other after-school programs. This is also a great opportunity to establish guidelines for social interaction with non-disabled students.

Most importantly, IEPs provide a timeline for your child's school year. A good IEP will describe when, how often and how long, where and who will provide services to your child. The IEP describes how the school will measure and evaluate your child's progress and how you the school will inform you of that progress.

An IEP gives your child a support system

By creating an IEP, you place the focus on your child and equip them with the tools necessary for success. Having a plan takes stress off you because you don't have to wonder if your child is having their educational, behavioral and social needs met.

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