Today marked the first episode of Autism Spectrum Radio! While I have been a guest on other shows, I never imagined I would be acting as host.
Preparing for today’s show felt like preparing for a marathon. For the past several weeks I have been “stretching” my technology muscles and practicing dry runs with my new headset. I must admit, I had fun. After I hydrate and catch my breath, I look forward to preparing for next week’s show!
I am invigorated by the experience and the opportunity to have more illuminating conversations with experts in the field of autism. I know the resulting information and perspectives will be extremely valuable to families and individuals living with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
Here are a few highlights from our first show with Michael Jewell on preparing for an IEP…
Who to bring with you: You don’t need a team but you should bring SOMEONE (even if it is your grandmother or a neighbor) so you are not alone.
Remember why you are there: Bringing a photo of your child can help you and others at the meeting remember the true objectives.
Be prepared: Provide written notice that you will be attending and that you intend to record the meeting. Request all goals and assessments be sent to you in advance. Bring notes on your concerns. Know your role and stand up for your rights as part of the IEP team. Being prepared will gain you respect.
Take notes/Take action: Send a letter in a timely manner about anything that was not documented.
Know what to expect: A meaningful conversation should not be rushed and many IEPs will take more than one meeting.
How to handle disagreements: Figure out who is the leader of the meeting and deal directly with them. Contact your district’s Special Education Specialist for support. If necessary, file a compliance complaint with Department of Education. You may want to speak with an attorney about filing for a due process hearing.
When do you need an attorney: When your child needs help right away and no action is being taken. When the district has taken action against you.
For additional info print our tip sheet on Preparing for and IEP – www.autismtherapies.com/uploads/iep_tip_sheet.pdf
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