8:00 am meeting tomorrow. Is that even morning time?
IEP tips for parents:
- Bring your child when practical. Our girls are very good at these meetings and Ellie's presence helps keep the team focused on the child rather than the diagnosis or scores. (Before Ellie was old enough to attend I brought pictures.)
- Bring food for the whole team. It's not a bribe, but it sets a nice mood.
- Come prepared with thoughts and questions about things like how the child did against her current goals, what sorts of goals are practical for the next year, and what are typical grade level expectations for the same time frame (if applicable).
- Don't be reluctant to share any concern you have. Often you're not the first to have a particular question, complaint, or worry.
- Relax. It can be fun! These meetings are rarely adversarial . . . or at least they don't need to be . . .
- But at the same time be firm when you need to be. You are your child's advocate and while you're not at school with your child all day (probably) you do know your child best.
IEP for people who have no idea what I mean: Individualized Education Plan.