11. Arrange for someone to attend the meeting with you, ifyou like.12. You are allowed to tape the meeting. Many parentsfind this helpful for future reference. If you plan to tapethe meeting, it can be helpful to politely notify the schoolin advance that you are going to do so.DURING THE IEP MEETING1.Remember that you are an equal member of the IEPteam.2.Ask to review the current IEP (if there is one). Talkabout which teaching methods and materials worked andwhich did not. Discuss what approaches you feel will assistyour child in learning.3.Be sure you understand the words used in the IEP andin the meeting, all the test results, and any new goals thatare suggested. Compare the school’s goals with your goals.Ask for clarification if you need to, and ask about the impli-cations of what is said in the meeting. Take notes, and readback your notes to other members of the IEP team on anycritical issues to ensure mutual understanding.4.Be prepared to listen to others’ points of view, and besure your views are heard. Be assertive, but stay calm.5.Remember that services are based on individual need,not availability. If needed services are not available, be surethat this is stated on the IEP form, as well as when theservices will be made available. Services and assistive tech-nology must be provided even if not currently available inyour child’s school. Remember that services must be pro-vided in the least restrictive setting appropriate for yourchild. 6.Discuss the amount of special education and regulareducation your child requires.7.Write the IEP with goals that you understand and thata teacher and other staff can use to measure progress. Howprogress will be measured should be clearly stated in theIEP.8.The IEP should include any accommodations andchanges to your child’s regular education classes that maybe needed, including both physical and academic accom-modations (e.g., assistive technology, homework and test-ing accommodations).AT THE END OF THE IEP MEETING1.Make sure that all blanks and spaces in the IEP formare filled in.
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