It is important for parents of deaf children and other children with special needs to understand what an individual education plan is and how to ensure that their children’s educational needs are met in their individual education program.
In this article, I will discuss:
What is IEP?
Offer tips for an effective IEP that meets your child’s educational needs
The Individualized Education Program is a document that details the services of people with special needs to students with special needs. IEP includes any adjustments required in the classroom and any additional special programs or services. In the United States of America In the USA, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act requires IEP (IDEA 2004). The Individual Education program will address your child’s educational needs and contains specific, measurable annual and short-term goals for each of these needs.
This written statement is developed by your child’s teachers, and is reviewed and approved by the Special Needs Financing Organization for your child, you, and parents. The Individual Education Program (IEP) defines the goals the team set for your child during the school year, as well as any special support required to help your child achieve his educational goals.
In our case with our deaf son, Larry, we lived in Marlboro, Massachusetts and Larry attended school at the Learning Center for Deaf Children in Framingham, Massachusetts. The city of Marlboro funded the cost of their education. So we dealt with a special education supervisor in Marlboro and Larry’s teachers in Framingham.
The IEP meeting is usually attended by the child’s classroom teacher, the child department supervisor, and private funding needs an educational supervisor, and parents.
The IEP document can be very confusing on many pages that contain a lot of official examination documents.
Here are some tips based on our experience to make sure your child has an effective IEP program that meets their educational needs:
Tip # 1: As a parent, you must be proactive and actively participate in developing your child’s IEP goals. You must have regular interactions with your child’s teachers and school supervisors to understand what is taught, how it is progressing, and what will be taught next. This will help you in two ways: First, you will understand what is stipulated in your child’s individual education program, and you can be sure of the educational needs that will receive the most attention. Second, your child’s teacher will realize that you are interested in your child’s education and will make additional efforts on behalf of your child. I firmly believe that it is always a good idea to set high expectations for the people who work with your child.