26 Feb Advice in how to handle an IEP meeting when advocating for your special needs child. Pitt Hopkins
Many autism parents go into Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meetings not knowing their rights, and tend to fold when met with resistance from the school. Learning the rights your child with autism is entitled to and the standards the school must follow can help give you firm ground to stand on when negotiating your child’s IEP.
Learn from autism mom Kasi as she discusses the struggle with school staff she went through when creating her daughter’s IEP.
What We Learned from this Video:
- If teachers are pulling services, you can refuse to sign the IEP and ask to reconvene later so that you have an opportunity to research the subject at hand.
- Before going into an IEP meeting, look up I.D.E.A and the 504 to have an idea of the standards they have to uphold.
- When they try to change things in ways you don’t like, hold out. Tell them no and refuse to sign it until you are satisfied with the result.
- An autistic child should be getting at least 90 minutes of uninterrupted reading intervention.
- The school staff may try to put your child on a different track, meaning that they don’t think your child will complete the same goals or milestones as other students.
- You can contact your local advocate for help understanding your rights and the standards that the school district is held to.
Being educated on Individualized Education Plan standards and child rights are crucial for success when dealing with your school. Schedule a consultation with us or browse our videos on education to make sure you are prepared and informed.