April is a Wake-up Call!

2 28 IEP Cover (2)How is your student performing in school?  Did your student have a good year both academically and socially?  If not, request in writing an IEP meeting to address your concerns.  So often many parents wait for the fall and prefer to just ride the end of the year out.  Instead, request a meeting now and make adjustments to the IEP, so that the year ends on a positive note.

Make sure that your concerns are heard at the meeting. Prior to the meeting write/type your concerns and at the meeting request that your concerns be attached to the meeting notes or special factors. Bring a friend along for support and to make sure you’ve communicated your concerns and the team has responded. During the meeting share your plan and student’s needs for success. Make adjustments in the IEP now so that the fall is an easier transition for your student.

It is always best practice to communicate effectively and respectfully with teachers and providers so that the focus of your meeting stays with the student.  The relationships that you have with teachers and providers will ultimately affect your student’s school experience. Be positive and encourage the team members to be positive with you.

If you feel that your communication is broken, there are steps that you can take to improve your communication and unite the IEP team.  Contact me for further support or purchase our IEP workbook @talkcounts.com

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Diana Loiewski has been teaching special needs students for over thirty years. She not only is a classroom high school teacher, she also serves as an administrative designee in IEP meetings, and case work trainer for the military Exceptional Family Member Program. In addition, she presents on special education topics all over the country and is a co author of Individual Education Plan Workbook for Success, and Healthy Relationships a multimedia workbook for special education teens and adults. ___________________________________________________________________ Elizabeth Dominick is the parent of an 18-year-old special needs student. Elizabeth and her husband navigated the special needs odyssey from the time their son was 3 years old to the present. She and her husband have placed their son in both public and private settings and have worked with attorney advocates to get better services. Ultimately, they ended up educating themselves on special education law. Elizabeth is a past reporter and editor and currently writes parent meditations and other articles for iepsurvival.com. __________________________________________________________________ Sharon McCormick is a special education teacher and blogger. She has been in the classroom for over fifteen years. Prior to that time, she worked with emotionally disturbed youth in residential and group home settings. She is clever and creative and enjoys supporting students with special education needs. ___________________________________________________________________________ Renee Tompkins is a graduate of Illinois State University with a Master’s Degree in Speech and Language Services. She is an amazing and energetic professional with fifteen years of experience working directly with special needs students. She also serves as a board member of the Special Education Foundation and supports fundraising efforts for teachers within the Poway Unified School District. She is currently employed with the Poway Unified School District and she delivers services to both groups and individuals in the transition program working with adults eighteen-years-- twenty-two years of age. Her current responsibilities include organizing and running a healthy relationship program with both men and women with intellectual disabilities.
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