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Individualized Education Program (IEP)

Making the IEP Work for You Part One: Evaluation

When designed individually and implemented effectively, the Individualized Education Program (IEP) is an important tool that helps assure a student's success in education. PEAK is excited to launch this three-part series, Making the IEP Work for You, where we will explore key components of the IEP including: evaluation, how families can make the most of this valuable tool, and progress monitoring! Making the IEP Work for You, Part One: Evaluation: Parents Should Play an Active Role in the Team EffortRead more

High School Inclusion is Easier!

By Guest Author: Christi Kasa "Inclusion is too hard in high school." "We can include him now, but it will become too difficult in high school." Many involved in inclusive education share ideas such as these when thinking about how inclusion will proceed as students with disabilities enter high school. As a high school inclusion facilitator, researcher, and educational consultant, I have found that when designing successful inclusion for students with disabilities, it is actually easier to implement inclusive practicesRead more
We are delighted to share these interesting insights from long-time PEAK colleague Emma Van der Klift. When we first read the title, we wondered exactly how much hostage negotiators and parents/advocates really could have in common. But, in fact many of the skill sets are very much the same! Respect, listening, and relationship building are skills parents need to work successfully with school IEP teams. We hope you enjoy this great read, and that it makes you think of waysRead more

Ask A Parent Advisor: Extended School Year Services

Question: I have a son in 5th grade that has an IEP. I just got a notice from his school that we are going to have a meeting to talk about Extended School Year (ESY) services. Can you tell me more about ESY and what they are looking for to see if he qualifies for these services? Answer: Extended School Year (ESY) services can be a bit confusing. Every child who has an IEP is eligible for ESY services butRead more

Ask A Parent Advisor: Preparing for IEP Meetings

Question: "I always prepare to be positive and put my best foot forward before my child's IEP meetings, but as soon as I walk in I feel overwhelmed. The meetings tend to begin with what's wrong and what's not working, and I immediately feel the need to be defensive. Do you have any suggestions on ways I can prepare for my child's IEP meeting and also tips for being positive during the IEP meeting?" Answer: Preparing for an IEP meetingRead more

It's Not Too Early To Think About Next Year

Now that your student's teachers, paraprofessionals, and related service personnel are getting to know the learning styles and strengths of your son or daughter, it's time to move on and think about next year. Families and educators work hard in the spring creating IEPs, but often forget to tell next year's team ways the student was successful. This spring parents should urge their child's team to record what works for their student. Often, this is the last thing families andRead more
PEAK Parent Center
Mar 2012

The Individualized Education Program (IEP) process can sometimes feel like a daunting and overwhelming process.

From the age of birth up until 3 years, special education services are provided by an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP), which is governed under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Once your child turns 3, special education services are provided by an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and governed under Part B of IDEA. For more information on both Part C and Part B of IDEA, please visit the US Department of Education's website . WhatRead more