IEP info (first timers)

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Registered: 01-26-2011
IEP info (first timers)
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Wed, 02-16-2011 - 5:41pm

We have our first IEP meeting for our son who will be starting Kindergarten next year. I find myself really nervous, emotional, and apprehensive about it. What can I expect from the meeting, and is there anything, without knowing him specifically, that I should be asking for? I don't entirely know what his needs will be yet so have a hard time really advocating for him at this point.

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Registered: 10-03-2004
Thu, 02-17-2011 - 7:35am
Welcome to the world of IEPs, the experience of which can be as varied as our children are and as each school and their staff is. It is a good idea to talk to parents of older children, especially if they are on the spectrum, in gleaning how well your school district does in serving children with disabilities. You want to build a good working relationship with your team. Has your child been in preschool, been evaluated? In an IEP meeting, there should be discussion of your child's strengths and weaknesses and the beginning stages of discussing what supports will be needed. This should be an ongoing process and should always have the education of your individual child at the heart of every decision. Good luck! It may be that he will start kindegarten without a well crafted IEP, but you should know that you can change the IEP as needed.
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Registered: 11-13-2008
Thu, 02-17-2011 - 3:56pm

You've gotten some good feedback already, it is important to remember that you can make changes to it as it's needed.

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Registered: 01-26-2011
Thu, 02-17-2011 - 4:54pm
Very good to know, thank you both so much! :)