With the start of the school year, there are ways to help your student prepare and get their school year off to an exceptional start. One of the most critical components of the success of your child’s school year is their Individualized Education Program (IEP).
An IEP is a written document for students with disabilities that outlines supports and/or services that meet their individual needs. An IEP is developed once a student is found eligible for special education services following an evaluation by school staff. Following this evaluation, the team will determine 1-2 areas of eligibility that best describe the learner. Eligibility categories include but are not limited to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Cognitive Impairment (CI), and Speech & Language Impairment (SLI). Programs and services outlined in the IEP may include the following:
- Therapy from ancillary providers such as Speech and Language Pathologists (SLP), Occupational Therapists (OT), Physical Therapists (PT), or Social Workers.
- Instructional accommodations, such as preferential seating and guided notes.
- Instructional modifications, such as modified curriculums or following alternate standards apart from Common Core State standards.
- Assistive Technology.
- Special Education programs, such as Resource Room or an Autism-based classroom.
The IEP document is composed by all pertinent members of your student’s special education team, which also includes parents and guardians. An IEP team meeting is held at a minimum of one time per year; however, parents may request additional meetings as they see fit. At each IEP meeting, parents should expect a collaborative review of their student’s strengths and skill deficits. Each deficit discussed renders a support and/or goal to address this skill in order for the student to make progress.
Thank you for reading, we hope you found this blog helpful. If you are currently receiving services with us and have any questions about the IEP process, you can reach out to your child’s clinician to meet for additional information and support. Have a wonderful day!