Creating an Individualized Education Program (IEP) plan for a child is critical for students with special needs who depend on them. And considering how important they are, it makes sense that numerous parties will be involved in developing them.
This can come as a relief to parents who want to ensure all their child's needs are being met in the classroom because it means that there will be various perspectives involved in creating a comprehensive plan. In this post, we will look at the people who may attend IEP meetings and help in the creation of your child's plan.
As discussed in this Understood.org article, there are laws that dictate who is expected to be at IEP meetings. This includes:
- You, the parents
- Your child (if 16 or older)
- At least one of your child's general education teachers
- At least one special education teacher
- A representative from the school district
- A psychologist or other professional capable of evaluating results
- An interpreter or translator, if necessary
You can also choose to have a parent advocate or friend come to the meetings for further support.
These parties all provide different perspectives into what your child might need and they can all have unique insight regarding what will be required of your child in the year ahead. Certain parties will also understand the legal requirements of an IEP as well as the school's capabilities.
When all these parties work together, the result can be a comprehensive IEP that fits your child's needs and clearly identifies the way the school will support a child.
This is not to say that issues won't arise when during or following an IEP meeting. Parties can disagree or make promises they don't keep; there can be confusion regarding the implementation of various elements of the IEP or disputes over the legal elements of an IEP. In these situations, another person to have on your team might be an attorney experienced in resolving special education matters.