First IEP meeting, what do I expect?

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  1. bookwormde

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    Sounds like you are on a path with a team that at least has good core knowlege.

    When a parent has taken the time to become informed befoer the meeting it is a big relief for the team.

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  3. mickey&minniealways

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    I live in southern NH and the rules are very similar as in MA. I have been volunteering at an educational advocacy center for years. My son was first coded at the age of 3 he is 24 now. You have ben given some good info so I will gust give you a little more because it is alot to digest. First you want to type out a list of all the questions you want covered. Hand a copy of it to all in attendance, introduce yourself and shake theirs hands. You have just put yourself in control of the meeting instead of someone else. It tells them that you know what you are doing and will not be rolled over. Even if you do not know what they you are doing you are the only one who knows that. Bring a plate of cookies or something to share. This is blatent manipulation and everyone present knows this. However it is also showing them that you want this to be a pleasant experience and to work with them not against. It puts everyone at ease. Write a letter stating that you want to record the meeting. Offer to give them a copy of the recorded meeting. They are more likely to let you record it this way. Bring a notebook to take notes. Put together a binder for all paperwork. I have a template for doing this if you need one. Feel free to mark up the proposed IEP or 504 as much as you need to. Rewrite anything you feel is not specific enough. Saying something needs to be done 80% of the time is not good enough. It should be something like 8 out of 10 times and give a specific time frame. How it is measured or tested should be stated also. Do not sign the IEPat the meeting. Tell them that you want to take it home for a few days to look it over. This way if there is anything you want to change or add this can be done. Set up a day and time you can come back to sign it. Make sure they give you a copy of the state special ed laws. They are required by law to offer this to you. Keep a phone log at home. I know this is a pain in the neck but it is worth it. Put your personel calls on it also. This way they cannot ask for a copy of it. pm me if I can answer any other questions or just listen. With 2 of my 3 kids with issues I have been through alot. I have been at this for 21 years now. There are lots of great resources out there you just have to know how to find them.
     

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