At Your IEP Meeting
Have an open mind. An education lawyer, from Ohio, explains that parents must have faith in the system. “Parents may get stuck on a specific reading program that they feel their child can benefit from. But there may be another program that would better suit your child’s needs. Your goal is to explain that Johnny can’t read, and to ask for the ‘best’ program the school can recommend.”
Parrish was surprised to learn, before her IEP meeting, that the school had assigned her son a teacher she thought might be problematic. Instead of entering the meeting defensively, she asked why the school thought this would be a good match. Nida agreed with the school’s assessment.
Designate a go-to person. At the meeting, determine which participant you feel most comfortable with, and ask him or her to be your contact when questions arise. Select someone who interacts frequently with your child.
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