2. Review your children’s IEPs
If your children qualified for individualized education plans (IEPs) under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in the US, or under the law of another country, review your children’s IEPs from the previous year. Ask yourself:
- Are their objectives or goals to change?
- What do you think are your children’s most pressing needs for the new school year?
- Does the current IEP show these needs?
Depending on your children’s age, consider involving them in the IEP process.
Prepare a list with concerns, questions, or suggestions you have about your children’s IEPs. If you want to set new goals and need some ideas, check out the IEP Goal Bank. Contact your children’s school and schedule a meeting to discuss your concerns with school staff. Do not wait for the school to contact you.
The Special Education Guide has a comprehensive and easy to read explanation of the IEP process in the US. An overview of the IEP process is on the website of the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities.