✓ How will you receive information concerning your child’s services and his or her progress: daily reports, phone calls, a weekly journal, monthly meetings, e-mails?
✓ If you do not understand something, ask that it be restated.
✓ Familiarize yourself with the IEP form. Make sure everything in the IEP document is clear, specific and accurate.
✓ Make sure your input is included in the Parent and Student Input and Concerns section of the IEP document: Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance.
✓ If you make requests that are refused, make sure they are included under the Actions Refused section of the IEP document: Prior Written Notice.
✓ When differences of opinion arise, talk them out.
✓ Use an IEP Matrix to present objectives, supports, staff and activities in a visual, easy-to-access format.
✓ If you feel pressured or overwhelmed, it is okay to take a break. Leave the room, take a walk and reconvene. If you don’t feel you can continue without time out to think about what you have heard, you may ask that the meeting be continued at a later date. In addition, if you believe that the meeting and/or IEP goals are incomplete, you may adjourn the meeting and reconvene at a later date.
✓ No signatures are required on the IEP document itself.
✓ The IEP will be implemented five days after you receive it, unless you formally disagree at the PPT meeting. So, if in doubt, speak up.