Q & A: Independent Evaluations

When there is reason to suspect a learning disability, the school district is required to do an evaluation to determine present levels of academic achievement and functional performance (PLAAFP). Many parents, eager to learn how to help their child, defer… Read the rest

After the IEP Meeting

Parents often leave their child’s IEP meeting feeling as if they have selected the only options available, and that they have to make the best of what was offered. In fact, the IDEA actually intended the experience to be more… Read the rest

How to Speak IEP

At a parent-teacher conference, you hope to hear about your child’s progress and the strides she is making. You may even share your insights about her strengths with the hope that she is being appreciated for all of her positive… Read the rest

IEP Meeting: Managing Conflict

It’s not unusual for differences to arise when dealing with issues related to your child’s Individual Education Program (IEP). Yet many people are uncomfortable with conflict; when faced with it, they either back down, or become overly aggressive. When that… Read the rest

Mind Your Manners

By Sheryl Knapp, A/AOGPE The annual IEP meeting offers an opportunity to establish positive relationships with your child’s teachers and special education team. That may seem obvious, but there is no shortage of parents and teachers who treat each other… Read the rest