Individual Education Program

What's an IEP?

Kids with delayed skills or other disabilities might be eligible for special services that provide individualized education programs in public schools, free of charge to families. Understanding how to access these services can help parents be effective advocates for their kids.

The passage of the updated version of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004) made parents of kids with special needs even more crucial members of their child's education team.

Parents can now work with educators to develop a plan — the individualized education program (IEP) — to help kids succeed in school. The IEP describes the goals the team sets for a child during the school year, as well as any special support needed to help achieve them.

Who Needs an IEP?

A child who has difficulty learning and functioning and has been identified as a special needs student is the perfect candidate for an IEP.

Kids struggling in school may qualify for support services, allowing them to be taught in a special way, for reasons such as:

How Are Services Delivered?

In most cases, the services and goals outlined in an IEP can be provided in a standard school environment. This can be done in the regular classroom (for example, a reading teacher helping a small group of children who need extra assistance while the other kids in the class work on reading with the regular teacher) or in a special resource room in the regular school. The resource room can serve a group of kids with similar needs who are brought together for help.

However, kids who need intense intervention may be taught in a special school environment. These classes have fewer students per teacher, allowing for more individualized attention.

In addition, the teacher usually has specific training in helping kids with special educational needs. The children spend most of their day in a special classroom and join the regular classes for nonacademic activities (like music and gym) or in academic activities in which they don't need extra help.

Because the goal of IDEA is to ensure that each child is educated in the least restrictive environment possible, effort is made to help kids stay in a regular classroom. However, when needs are best met in a special class, then kids might be placed in one.

The Referral and Evaluation Process

The referral process generally begins when a teacher, parent, or doctor is concerned that a child may be having trouble in the classroom, and the teacher notifies the school counselor or psychologist.

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2008-12-15 21:08:43 by kklm

Angelaboseman, I can understand your frustration.
Have you heard of IEP? Individual Education Plan. I don't know if your meeting with your school was this or not. It doesn't sound like it, because the IEP outlines what must be done for children with disabilities.
I googled how to get an IEP and found this web site...
It outlines how to get an IEP and it has a link called: Communicating with Your Child's School Through Letter Writing,

I am in complete agreement with the OP

2010-05-22 12:15:09 by phesantfan94

Often at the Individual Education Program meetings the note taker gets tied up in presenting and not all the important points by some are included. Sometimes, there are no notes at all and this is common. The tape recorder is a bit upsetting but I believe it is within the legal rights of the parent to tape record any meeting they wish. The school needs to be notified by letter and this is to be done say two days before or more. The teacher has no choice in the matter. The young scientist is allowed to use the chemistry equipment and the beakers can be offered in plastic and ordered from a Special Education catalogue

IEP Individual Educational Plans

2010-10-11 14:16:40 by AdvocateServices

Current “Federal Law” under Individual Disability Education Act (IDEA) it mandates that Individual Education Plans (IEP) have to be written using “scientific based research for the disability area”.
Example if your child is dyslectic and the IEP committee writes:
“Using 9th grade subject reading materials Charles will learn to read”
This is not measureable and is not scientific based research on what has been proven to work in teaching dyslectic students to read or improve reading and understanding. An example of a correctly written goal for a dyslectic student with a deficient in phonic decoding/reading is:
Current reading scores through the Standford-Binet (testing score 74%) and WISC (testing score 76%)

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