Questions to ask at IEP meeting
1. First thing I ask/request days/weeks before the meeting is to get copies of all documents, data and assessments considered to make any determinations for his draft IEP, this is your legal right. 2. Have your Parent Report that contains your "Portrait of... your child's name" describing him, strengths, passions and struggles (so he is less of a number and more of a person to the school, your Parent Concerns (which can include anything your concerned with- classroom, behavioral, school, goals- anything), your Parent Requests (which can include anything you want for your child- more speech, one on one support to how they approach their meltdowns-anything you want.), and finally your Vision Statement for your child( as simple as a sentence or two to a paragraph of what vision you see for your child that upcoming year all the way up to adulthood if you want). Ask for the Parent Report to be added to the IEP VERBATIM. It is your right. 3. If you are requesting more services or accommodations ask not just for the service, but an EVALUATION to see if they need more time or a new service. This way they cannot just deny or ignore you, the evaluation requires them to show proof of their decision. For two years they gave my son 20 minutes OT time per month and I kept asking for more. After I requested an evaluation he now gets 20 minutes per week. 4. And if your child has sensory issues ask for a Sensory Diet which includes what strategies or techniques they will employ when he has sensory issues. My son gets to wear a beanie hat as part of his diet when he has noise issues or needs the deep pressure. 5. If your child is an eloper, ask for a FBA Functional Behavior Assessment and BIP Behavior Intervention Plan for the issue. The school didn't take concerns about him getting out of the school seriously until the FBA, now he has to have someone with him every time he is out of the classroom and they can be held accountable for his eloping. Which is good because some schools call the police when a child elopes and reports them as a runaway. 6. And if they say they cannot do something because it's against the rules or policy or stonewall you some other way, ask where you can see that in writing so they have to prove it and not just say that.
How is he doing on the goals we set. Are there new goals. What is his strengths and weakness. Can you replete that how much speech is he receiving what has he learned new words sight words small book math behavior how can i help him with his goals at home how and what do you use for transitioning from one. subject to another how do you make his transition easier can i ask another question whats his favorite things to do. what do you do if he has a meltdown can we change somthing in his iep i think this might work and thank the team for listening and informing and comunication
Yes thank u so much help I have a IEP meeting in a few week's. Needed the help...
@A MyAutismTeam Member thank you for the information. My son's ARD is next month. I have an advocate, but it always help to know what to ask for yourself.