Why Have an IEP? – Tips for Parents on Their IEP Role

Why Have an IEP? – Tips for Parents on Their IEP Role

Are you parenting a child with special needs? Has your child been evaluated and is eligible for special education?  Most likely he will receive individualized support through his IEP? What is an IEP? The IEP, Individualized Education Program, is a written document that’s developed for each public school child who is eligible for special education.

This post will focus on the following:

◘TIPS for Parents on Their IEP Role

◘Who Develops the IEP?

◘Why Have An IEP?

◘What is the Role of the Parents on the IEP Team?

◘Who Makes Up the IEP Team?

 The IEP identifies learning expectations that are modified and/or any accommodations and special education services needed to assist the student in achieving his or her learning expectations.  It is an ongoing planning-tool that must be reviewed and revised on a regular basis.

A Parents’ Guide to Extended School Year Services: Summer Break a Teaching and Learning Opportunity

A Parents’ Guide to Extended School Year Services: Summer Break a Teaching and Learning Opportunity

A Parents’ Guide to Extended School Year Services: Summer Break an Extended Teaching and Learning Opportunity by Marie Jackson is reprinted with permission from the Autism Asperger’s Digest magazine, March/April 2008 issue.  We have added the photos and subtitles. Check out this bimonthly magazine at www.AutismDigest.com.

Some information on the  Extended School Year Services (ESY) may have changed since this post has been written but it is important for families of children with special needs to know about Extended School Year Services; therefore, I am reposting it.  You may also find information on the web site of the U.S. Department of Education – Sec. 300.106 Extended school year services and also on WrightsLaw.com 

At a Glance by Amanda Morin:

  • Not all students are eligible for extended school year (ESY) services.
  • ESY services are customized to meet each child’s specific needs.
  • Not all kids with IEPs need ESY services.
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