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You may be wondering if there’s a procedure for IEP meetings. There’s no set way the meeting must be run. But IEP meetings do have to cover certain bases.
To begin with, the school must give you advance notice of the time and place of the IEP meeting. They should also try to schedule it at a time when you can attend.
At the meeting, participants will review the draft of the IEP together. It’s a draft because discussion during the meeting may result in changes.
Everyone will share their ideas and suggestions. Much of the focus will be on mapping your child’s needs with the goals, services and supports in the IEP. If it’s your child’s first IEP, the team may go over and explain the evaluation results.
Be prepared to point out your child’s strengths at the meeting. This can help the team understand your child’s talents and abilities and weave them into IEP goals. Strengths-based goals can help kids make progress by leveraging what they’re good at.
The team leader will note changes to the draft that the whole team has agreed to. That includes you. You’ll be asked to sign the IEP document to show you approve of it. There are certain things you should double-check before signing.
You don’t need to sign it right then and there either. You can ask to take it home and review it. And if you don’t agree with the draft, it’s OK to decline to sign.