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And not only what is it, but what has your experience been with it? Has it helped your child?
IEP stands for Individualized Education Program. Parents or guardians of a child with special needs meet with a team of educators to develop a written plan to enable the child to meet specific learning goals during the year. The IEP also specifies the services the school district will provide the child.
An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is significant if your child has any diagnosed learning disability as determined by your family physician or your school district. An IEP is intended to ensure your child receives a specialized or personalized education free of barriers to learning. It is important to update your child's IEP every school year and ensure every party involved is playing an active role.
Our preschooler is on an IEP (Individualized Education Program) through our school district. At 2 years old, we started to have concerns about her speech and gross motor skills. The school district came in, did an assessment and now they come to our home once weekly through the Early Intervention program to work with her. Its amazing the gains she's made over the past couple months!
Your child has an IEP in preschool? I didn't know they did those with such young kids. If your daughter was in elementary school, are you worried this would stay on her record and label her as a slow learner for life?
Our son was put on an IEP to get him reading at grade level. I don't know if it was the plan or the fact that he had a stellar teacher who worked very hard in combination with a reading tutor that we hired. Call it what you will - it worked in our situation. I hear others are afraid of an IEP because it labels the kids and it affects their classroom assignments in future years.
My son has autism and has an IEP. It has helped a great deal in his school life. But, remember that YOU, as the parent, knows what is best for your child. It's great when the whole team is on the same page, not so much when they aren't. Stick up for yourself and your child. I had an instance a few years ago where my son had at least 2 hours of algebra homework a night. This for a boy who couldn't do basic math at the time. (With a DD dx) I had to bring out claws and fangs, but his school work is adjusted to his learning level.
Don't let the school bully you into anything that you feel isn't right for your child. YOU are the expert, not them.
An IEP is an Individualized Education Plan that is developed to help your child access the school curriculum. The information from the IEP is taken from your child's Evaluation or Re evaluation Report. Our input and other IEP team members is very important!
The plan can take on many forms. Instruction can be 'inside' the regular education class with supports or instruction maybe given 'directly' to the student in a small group setting. It all depends on your child's needs. Whatever the method determined by the team; it needs to given in the least restrict environment. However as parents we must remember to 'advocate and not to irritate' . If you need help at a meeting, don't be afraid to ask!
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