We understand how stressful school, IEP and 504 meetings can be. We are here to help you advocate for your child(ren). Please contact us for help.
As IEP Coaches we help your family maintain a positive focus on your child and their school. We encourage collaboration between parents and schools creating win-win situations for all parties involved while keeping the focus on advocating for the child. We encourage participation and communication while building the relationship between the family and the school to allow for effective decision making for the child’s educational needs.
Who would benefit from a coaching consult?
- Parents who are looking to build their advocacy skills for their child’s education plan
- Parents who are looking to communicate more effectively with school professionals
Coaching is not the same as an advocate. Coaching will…
- Help you have a better understanding of the special education process and what the school is communicating regarding the child’s IEP/504 plan
- Help you build your personal confidence to effectively communicate to the school your child’s needs
- Help you actively participate in the IEP/504 meeting
- Help you learn to work collaboratively with the school to create an individualized IEP/504 for your child
- Help you understand the schools’ roles and your roles related to your child’s IEP/504
- Help you prioritize your child’s individual needs
- Help you feel like an equal partner in the IEP/504 process
IEP Coach will not provide legal advice
If you require legal advice please consult an attorney
***If you are already working with an attorney or advocate, Occupational Therapy Family Services, LLC will not provide IEP coaching.
What is the purpose of an IEP?
“The individuals with disabilities Education Act (IDEA) says the purpose of an IEP is to ensure that all children with disabilities have available to them a free appropriate public education that emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment and independent living.”
Back to school IEP Checklist
- Read/review your child’s IEP
- Make sure all team members have a copy of the IEP
- Ask how communication will be done this year (written, verbal, email, apps)
- Ask if all supports will start on day one.
- Help your child prepare for the first day of school by meeting their teacher and taking a tour of the school/classroom
- Ask questions about the daily schedule for the classroom
- Ask about expectations of the main classroom and the expectations of other classrooms (music, art, gym, etc.)
IEP TIPS and TRICKS
- Keep a copy of all records relating to your child’s IEP
- Keep an open communication about your child’s needs/concerns with the IEP Team – How has the school to home communication been identified – Email, phone, text, notes, letters?
- Help your child understand the rules and expectations of the classroom – Never assume that child know the rules and expectations of the classroom if they are new to it (Examples include: restroom policy, cleaning up the room, getting a drink of water, how to get the teachers attention, classroom rules/roles/jobs)
- Has assistive technology been discussed?
- Has each environment been discussed to help set the child up for success (Examples: primary classroom, special classrooms – art/music/gym, lunch)
- Get a copy of the IEP draft prior to the IEP meeting so it can be read and reviewed in order to have a productive meeting
- Have you written your parent input statement – this is what you are observing and noting concerns and goals