Getting your Child an IEP

  1. Your child musty be at least 3 years old.
  2. Call your School District to see if they have a IEP request for evaluation form or if you need to write your own letter.
  3. Once you turn in the form or letter, District personnel will contact you to sign a parental permission for evaluation form. You must sign to give them permission to evaluate your child. Once you sign you will receive intake paperwork asking a lot of questions regarding the specifics of your concerns. It would behoove you to have detailed observation of the behaviors that concern you so you can accurately answer the questions.
  4. NOTE: If your school has a protocol to assemble a Student Study Team (“SST”) before proceeding with assessment and the IEP process, you can participate in this, but remember that this does not take the place of the ASSESSMENT PLAN — your request for assessment stands, and should proceed in parallel to the SST, unless you formally withdraw your request for assessment.  Even upon the SST recommendation to proceed in a certain manner (with 504 accommodations, or something else), your right to have the assessments completed and the IEP held, remain in place.
  5. Once you complete and return the paperwork the staff member doing the assessment will work with you or your child’s teacher to set up a time for evaluation.
  6. When the evaluation is done an initial IEP meeting will be set up at an agreeable time to time for you and the rest of the IEP Team to discuss the findings and determine eligibility for services.
  7. At this point your IEP can go one of two ways. If you have confirmation that services are needed the initial IEP meeting can go forward and set up supports and interventions according to your students needs. However, if the evaluations determine that your child does not meet eligibility for services, but you still feel they do you may request an appeal. Upon your request, your Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) has no-cost resources to help with this.  They can do a through file review & assessment, as well as have specialists join you for your next IEP, if this seems useful, as well as many other available resources.
  8. Now it is important to note that you DO NOT have to sign the IEP on the day you receive it. You will feel pressure to sign, but unless you are 100 percent comfortable with it, don’t sign.  Take it, talk to family, support persons, other available resource persons or organizations (such as your local SELPA Resource Parent Council)
  9. You are a member of the IEP Team and have the ability and should to add to the discussion, ask for supports, evaluations and more information.
  10. After you agree to to the terms of the IEP, sign it.
  11. Once the IEP is signed the services are to start immediately. Make sure to regularly check in with your child’s teacher and services provider at school to check on progress or any concerns.
  12. If you feel that your child needs more services, or you have concerns about the current services you can call an IEP meeting at any time. IEPs are a fluid document changing based on the current needs of your child. Once goals are met you make new ones and continue on as needed.
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