Starting the IEP process can be confusing for parents when they realize their child is struggling and they consider an IEP to help their child. That’s why many parents seek help from a special needs advocate to guide them through the process and help them get what their child needs out of special education resources.
The IEP process can be long and it can seem complicated as you consider what the best options for your child will be. Advocates can help with answering questions about the legal aspects of the IEP, preparing you for the IEP meetings, attending the IEP meetings with you, evaluating the IEP plan the team suggests, negotiating changes to specific pieces of the plan, and helping resolve disputes that may occur.
If you’re concerned that your child’s IEP isn’t helping your child make enough progress in school, there are steps you can take and resources available for parents to help work through the problems.
If you think that your child may have learning differences or developmental delays that impact their performance in school, then you’ve probably considered requesting an evaluation like an Individualized Education Program (IEP). To qualify for an IEP, your child will need to meet the requirements listed by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
Getting an IEP evaluation can feel like a really big step to take and even overwhelming at times, but it doesn’t need to be with the right help. Understanding what the IEP is and how to effectively navigate the IEP process will help set you up for success as you start on this new journey.
An Independent Educational Evaluation can be a helpful tool for parents to use when the original evaluation done by the school doesn’t meet the expectations you have for your child’s level of progress. If you are seeking additional resources to support your concerns, acquiring an IEE is typically the next step that parents take – at no extra cost to you.
If your child has an IEP and you disagree with it, it can be a frustrating and stressful problem to tackle as a parent. Knowing more about the IEP process can help you determine what actions to take and what you can do if you don’t agree with your child’s plan.