(DETROIT FREE PRESS) – Your child has just been diagnosed with a special education need and now you have to sit down with school officials for an IEP meeting. As a parent, your mind is still processing the diagnosis. Now you have to figure out what to do next.
What's an IEP? What services does my child need? We've culled together tips from a variety of sources, including Understood, the National Center for Learning Disabilities, Psychology Today and Wrightslaw. Because in a state that recently was deemed in need of intervention because of the poor performance of special education students, parents and their advocacy for their children's education could be a key part of turning that around.
An IEP, by the way, is an individualized education program. It spells out what kind of education a child will receive, and what services the school will provide. The IEP also establishes goals for the child. Every child who receives special education services should have an IEP, and parents are a key part of the development of the IEP.
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