Hey everybody, I know the time has almost past for the IEP season and summer is upon us, but now is the time to be thinking about your next IEP or just meeting to improve the IEP, here are a few tips that I practice always:
- As your with your kids this summer take the opportunity to observe your kids doing anything that they do, start a journal and keep it close, write down all the wonderful things your child is doing and not so wonderful. I think when a parent goes to an IEP meeting they don’t feel armed enough to participate, your journal will do just that.
- Keeping in touch with past, present and future teachers that you have built relationships with, email them fun and interesting things, maybe a photo of your vacation.
- Always remember you know your child best, you are his first and last teacher, you model the way you want your children to behave and learn, share that information with all teachers and providers.
We all know there is so much more to an IEP then these 3 tips, but these 3 tips will get you started in the right and positive direction, believe me I have been to more IEP meeting in the last 20 years for families all across the state of Wyoming and these tips are the corner stone.
The Parent Information Center has Outreach Parent liaison all across this state that can help with any IEP questions that you might have, we have great resources to help walk you though a great IEP.