AARC Tip of the Month - January 2017
Tips for IEP Meetings
Here are some tips to consider before attending an IEP meeting:
  1. Write a list of issues or questions you have, and try to resolve/answer them before the meeting. This way, time with the team can be dedicated to putting an action plan in place for your child.
  2. Request a blank copy of the IEP to familiarize yourself with the elements of the form. If you have questions about the form, write them down on a list and bring it the meeting. 
  3. "In order to be an informed participant in the process, request that the school provide you with the evaluations and proposed goals, objectives and placement recommendations" so you can review them  prior to the meeting.
  4. "The written notice of the PPT meeting will include a list of attendees." 
    Make sure all of the necessary team members will be present. If you would like to bring an attendee from outside of the school (such as a parent advocate or a private therapist), make sure the school district is made aware of their attendance.
  5. "Prepare a sample parent vision statement that describes your child; provide a list of your child's strengths, challenges, preferences and learning styles. Bring samples of your child's work and any helpful recent evaluations done outside of school. Consider bringing your child, if appropriate."
Adapted from Bringing Knowledge to the Table: How to Be an Effective Advocate for Your Child, page 26. Published by SPED*NET Wilton (CT) and available free online at http://www.spednetwilton.org/handbook/

Books of the Month:
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The Complete IEP Guide: How to advocate for your special ed child
By: Lawrence M. Siegel
NOLO Press, 1999, c1998
ISBN:   0873374088

Description: "Federal law guarantees every child a free, appropriate education, and the goal of the Individual Education Program (IEP) is to assure that every child with special needs receives what the law promises. But if you have a special ed child, you know that your family must make sure the school follows through. This powerful book covers:
  • eligibility rules and assessments
  • working with outside experts
  • developing your child's ideal educational program
  • preparing for and attending IEP meetings
  • develop a blueprint of program and services
  • resolving disputes with school districts
Whether you're new to the IEP process or entering it once again, this user-friendly, plain English guide is your outline for an effective educational experience for your child.

The 8th edition of The Complete IEP Guide provides key forms, sample letters and resources you need at every stage of the IEP process. With it, you can make sure your child gets a good education-the education he or she deserves." - publisher's website
Creating a "Win-Win IEP" for Students with Autism: A how-to manual for parents and educators
By: Beth Fouse
Horizons, c1999
ISBN:  1885477288
"This book is a must-read for every parent or educator who participates in the IEP process. Dr. Fouse takes readers through the entire range of a "child-centered" educational process, from the initial stages of identification and diagnosis to full implementation and monitoring of the individualized education program. She walks you through the process of setting goals and objectives, getting the most out of IEP meetings, determining proper placement, requesting assistive technology, and much more. She explains laws that you will need to know inside and out, such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Section 504, Americans with Disabilities Act, and FERPA. Finally, she lists some common mistakes that schools and parents often make, and gives great advice on how to avoid conflicts." - publisher's website
Embedding IEP Goals in the Daily Schedule
By: Christine Urich
Control Number: 4570

"This presentation provides a rationale for embedding IEP goals and reviews naturalistic teaching interventions and strategies. Examples of how to embed goals into the schedule are provided as well." - publisher's website.
The Everyday Advocate: Standing up for your child with autism
By: Areva Martin
New American Library, 2010
ISBN:  9780451230218
Description: A nationally recognized autism advocate provides step-by-step instructions to parents raising and advocating for a child with autism, and explains how to safeguard the rights of their special-needs children both in and out of school.
A Guide to Special Education Advocacy: What parents, clinicians, and advocates need to know
By: Matt Cohen
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2009
ISBN: 9781843108931
Description: "This book gives strategies for advocating for better provision of special education in schools. Cohen's insightful manual gives a practical vision of how a parent or a professional can become an advocate to achieve a more inclusive and rewarding education for the child with a disability. " - publisher's website
How to Compromise with Your School District without Compromising Your Child: A practical field guide for parents of children with developmental disorders and learning disabilities
By: Gary Mayerson
DRL Books, c2004
ISBN:  9780966526684

Description: "From a lawyer who has dedicated his practice to helping families get an appropriate education for their child with autism, comes the guide that every parent needs. Helping parents navigate the confusing and complex world of educational bureaucracies for children with special needs, this field guide expertly takes you through how to advocate for your child's education. By providing inside information on how to prepare for an IEP meeting, what to do when your child doesn't get the services their therapist recommends, and how to avoid due process, parents will feel reassured that they are being empowered with all of the tools they need to get their child the education and services they need and deserve. The practical and straighforward approaches presented in this ... guide are not only applicable to children with autism spectrum disorders, but to children with any disability. " - publisher's website
I Need Help with School!: [a guide for parents of children with autism & Asperger's syndrome]
By: Rebecca A. Moyes
Future Horizons, c2003
ISBN:  9781885477989

Description: "As an educational advocate, Rebecca Moyes knows that many parents struggle with designing an individualized education program (IEP) that addresses the special needs of their child. This book demystifies special education laws so parents can understand their legal rights and the rights of their children, including the development of 504 Service Agreements, getting the most out of IEPs, and more. Written especially for those dealing with autism and Asperger's Syndrome, this book also tackles important issues that will come up during your child's early school experience, such as developing social skills, addressing challenging behaviors, encouraging self-esteem, and dealing with teasing and bullying. Make school a positive experience for your child." - publisher's website
The IEP from A to Z: How to create meaningful and measurable goals and objectives
By: Diane Twachtman-Cullen and Jennifer Twachtman-Bassett
Jossey-Bass, c2011
ISBN:  9780470562345

Description: ... a step-by-step guide to help educators, parents, and clinicians get the right education plan in place for students with Autism/Asperger's, ADHD, Emotional/Behavioral Disturbance, and related conditions. From autism expert and best-selling author Diane Twachtman-Cullen and noted speech-language pathologist Jennifer Twachtman-Reilly, this book guides readers through the process of writing thoughtful, intelligent Individualized Education Plans that deliver high-quality, need-based educational programming to students with ASDs. The book is split into two Parts. Part I provides a brief overview of special education law and outlines the crucial building blocks of IEP development: Present Levels of Performance (PLPs); Underlying Conditions; Methodology; Criteria for Performance/Prompt Levels; Generalization; Goals/Objectives; Evaluation/Data Collection; and an IEP "potpourri" (Least Restrictive Environment, Accommodations, Modifications). Part II presents a collection of helpful sample IEPs so that readers can see how the specifications outlined in Part I lead to comprehensive, clearly defined IEP goals and objectives."-- Provided by publisher.
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