Tip #26: Parents: You have a voice and a critical decision-making role throughout the whole special education process. You know your child best–be sure to ask questions and never stop advocating for your child in a professional, productive way.
Special education advocates are available for hire to help families navigate IEP meetings and processes.
After reviewing your Prior Written Notice or other documents, call the Parents’ Place of Maryland or your Local Family Support Coordinator with any questions. Ask about language you don’t understand and discuss different options. They can help prepare you for upcoming meetings.
Review any recommendations made in the evaluation reports. This information can give you an idea of the goals and objectives to address and to spark questions. Feel free to ask questions about why a recommendation may not be incorporated into a goal or objective
A paraeducator’s role in the classroom typically involves providing extra support during a teacher’s instruction to allow students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) to participate in general education lessons.
One way a child’s teacher can help families feel more at ease and make the first IEP meeting as successful as possible is to provide families with a handout that defines IEP terminology and acronyms.
One simple word can make the IEP meeting a better one and deliver the best results for your child – respect.
Occupational therapists’ have a unique skill set to provide support and enhance your child’s participation in school. Their ideas can be applied at home to help with homework, self-care and other daily routines.
These modules integrate evidence-informed content with technology to provide an interactive experience for adult learners. Participants will learn new information, apply their learning, and finally assess their understanding through the unique features of the modules.
Dr. Karen Greeley, Physical Therapy Team Leader at Baltimore County Public Schools