“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”
― Abraham Lincoln
Honest Abe has a point. Do you really want to be figuring out what your thoughts are when all eyes are on you at the IEP meeting? That's when I tend to say "Sure?" even if I don't mean it. Proper preparation will provide a game plan for your meeting and give you the confidence you need to make sure your voice is heard.
Consider this your pre-meeting checklist:
Ask for a draft copy of the IEP in advance of the meeting. IEPs are dense legal documents. A quick scan while 5 professionals are talking at once is not enough to ensure your child is being supported appropriately. Get a copy, bring it home, mark it up, use your (forthcoming!) IEP Guru tools to evaluate it, and go in knowing that document as well as the person who wrote it.
Type up your parent concerns. You know that spot in the document for you to share your thoughts? Make sure it really captures what you...
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