How To Involve Parents In IEP

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Being special programs Individual Education Programs are often time consuming. After all, IEP is not just gathering information and getting ready to conduct and document an IEP meeting. IEP programs are designed by team of individuals including the child's parents or caregivers. The purpose behind IEP is not just developing goals and objectives but also outlining the services a child needs for years to come. No wonder, while some IEP's are only a few pages long some can be as lengthy as twenty or more pages. Although, IEP's are written annually some require revision or writing more frequently.

A model IEP team consists of Spec. Ed teacher, classroom teacher, key support personnel and the parents. Ideally, every team member should provide their input into the IEP programs to develop the IEP goals. But unfortunately, most of the team members have very little or no input into the process and just sign the document produced. Even though some team members are active than the others, the responsibility of producing and writing a correct IEP lies on the Special Education teacher. Since the Spec. Ed. teacher has a good idea as to what goals to include, in most cases, the Spec. arranges the meeting, sends the needed notices to the participants and then writes the IEP. The goals and objectives are written in course of the meeting itself. Spec.Ed teachers also write the narratives for other parts of the IEP. The challenge that most them often face is how to get the parents involved in IEP and make them become an active participant. Here are few suggestions for Special Ed teachers that would help them to achieve their goal:


The Special Ed. teacher should interview the parent prior to the IEP meeting. This will help them to gauge the concerns of the parents for their child and also the goals and objectives they would like to put into practice.
A list of possible goals and objectives should be send at home for the parent to review and make additions or corrections a week before the meeting.
Setting a convenient time for the meeting that is mutually agreeable is important. The convenience of the parents is of prime importance.
During the meeting welcome comments and concern that the parent have. Ask questions particularly addressed to them. If a parent begins to speak, allow time for them to talk.
Maintain a steady flow of communication with the parents. Keep the parent informed about the development of the child.

Realizing the importance of parent role in the Individual Education Programs, IEPgoals.net has designed smart IEP. The online portal has come up with smart IEP programs to meet the needs of the disabled children free of cost. Though it is not always possible to agree with the parent but their wishes should be considered and acknowledged. After all, the child belongs to them. But surely the tips will assist you make parents more involved in the IEP process.


IEP programs are designed by team of individuals including the child's parents or caregivers. Realizing the importance of parent role in the Individual Education Programs, IEPgoals.net has designed smart IEP.

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