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individualized education plans

Individualized Education Plans

Spirit Lake Consulting, Inc.


“Stop right there! How am I supposed to see what he needs is on an IEP when I don\'t even know what I can ask for? Why don\'t you start with what should be on an IEP and what a good IEP looks like, so I can even know if my son has a good one or not?"-Spirit Lake mother

at spirit lake consulting iep workshop you receive
At Spirit Lake Consulting IEP Workshop you receive:
  • Information on special education rights
  • Step-by-step instruction on preparing for: evaluation, access to student records, IEP meetings, due process hearings, and other special education meetings
  • Basic training on how to get the services you need from school districts
  • Free special education materials on CD-ROM
  • And much more
how this workshop helps
How this workshop helps
  • Does Someone You Know Have Special Education Needs? Do They Know Their Rights?
do they need help in
Do they need help in ...
  • Understanding their rights under federal special education laws (IDEA - Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Section 504 of the Rehab Act)?
  • Obtaining appropriate special education services for a student?
  • Accessing and understanding students’ evaluations?
  • Preparing for meetings on students’ Individual Education Plans?
  • Accessing students’ records?
  • Preparing for hearings when they disagree with school decisions?
definition of iep

Definition of IEP

A written statement of what the student with a disability should be taught, who will teach it, and how much time the child will spend with children who do not have disabilities.

an iep contains
An IEP contains …
  • What the student will learn this year, (educational goals)
  • Where he/she will learn this (alternative school, regular or special classroom
  • Services the school will provide (speech therapy, physical therapy, counseling
an iep also contains
An IEP also contains …
  • Whether the student will start services year-round or during the school year
  • When services will start, how often the student will receive services and how long they will last
  • Whether the student will have the same high school graduation requirements as other students
help with the iep meeting
Help with the IEP meeting
  • Parent can bring anyone they want to the meeting
  • If you don’t feel comfortable asking for what you need, bring someone else to ask for you
  • Discuss with your student what you want decided in the meeting
what can a student parent do at an iep meeting
What can a student/parent do at an IEP meeting?
  • Ask for what the student needs!!
  • Ask for different goals, extra services, anything you feel is necessary
  • Encourage the student to go to their own IEP meeting
quick tips involving parents
Quick Tips - Involving Parents
  • Make sure the parents know there is a meeting do not assume they are just uninterested
  • Use non-traditional means of communication, such as sending notes home with the bus driver
  • Provide transportation
  • Provide child care
  • Provide refreshments
tips for students involved in iep meetings
Tips for students involved in IEP meetings
  • Think ahead of time about what you want to learn this year
  • Think about what you want to do when you get out of school
  • Talk about your ideas with other people
  • Practice speaking in front of a mirror or talking into a tape recorder
more tips for students
More tips for students
  • Talk to your parents about what you want decided at the meeting
  • Talk to your teachers about what you want
  • Write a note if you do not want to go, or have someone help you write it
  • Bring someone to the meeting to back you up
examples of what should be in an iep
Examples of what should be in an IEP
  • Statement of how the student is doing
  • Details about how often the parents will be notified about the student’s progress
  • Proof that the team addressed parent concerns
  • Results of recent tests and details about upcoming tests
  • Transition planning
facts about the iep process
Facts about the IEP process
  • Every student in special education is required to have an IEP
  • The IEP should be completed before services are provided to the student
  • The parents should get a free copy of the IEP or other other information
  • If neither parent can attend the meeting, the school must ensure parent participation by phone calls, etc.
suspending or expelling students with disabilities
Suspending or expelling students with disabilities
  • Notify parents on the same day the decision is made
  • Give the parents a copy of their rights
  • Hold an IEP meeting w/in 10 days to decide if the behavior was due to the student’s disability
  • Write up a plan to correct the student’s behavior