There are four important ways that you can prepare for your child's individualized education program (IEP) meeting. They are:
Families participate in the IEP process is by:
When you come to the IEP meeting with this information prepared, you can feel more confident in how you participate with the team. You can think through this information with the Strengths, Needs and Goals worksheet.
FIRST: Begin by sharing your child's strengths and the things they enjoy.
Sharing your child's strengths helps the IEP team see your child as a whole person. The team can also use this information to come up with solutions that use your child's strengths and interests.
NEXT: Use the Needs and Supports section to share times when your child struggled and how you helped them.
This information can help the IEP team to choose accommodations and modifications that support your child.
FINALLY: Describe some of the goals your family has for your child.
When IEP teams and families work together, schools can help families to support their child's independence.
Need Help Getting Started?This Child Strengths Checklist from Understood gives examples of strengths you may recognize in your child.
Your child's and objectives include:
When children have academic goals (for example, reading, math), the knowledge and skills they need to learn often come from the Ohio Learning Standards.
Children may also have goals for related services they receive. For example, a child who receives occupational therapy in school will have occupational therapy goals.
Finally, some children may have behavior goals. A behavior goal does not mean your child is a "bad kid!" These types of goals help students learn new behaviors that will support them in becoming independent community members.
As you review your child's draft IEP, consider how the goals and objectives match with what you know about your child's strengths and needs.
The IEP from A to Z
This book teaches families about the different parts of an IEP and how to write effective IEP goals and objectives.
IEP Goal Bank
While this goal bank does not match the Ohio Learning Standards, it can give families examples of IEP goals
The Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA) gives students and their parents/guardians certain rights in the special education process. These include the rights to: