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Special Education Law

You can determine if an IEP is helping your child

On Behalf of | Jul 10, 2024 | IEP |

An individualized education program (IEP) should fit your child’s unique needs. A well-made one can help them make meaningful progress in school as they grow and develop.

However, it is possible that your child’s IEP is not giving them all of the tools they need to hit their specific educational goals.

Review the plan to advocate for your child

A poorly made or unfinished IEP can be detrimental to your child’s education in California. The next time you look through your child’s plan, try to assess the following:

  • Is it tailor-made to your child? As the name suggests, an IEP should be individualized to your child and their learning needs. It is important to study the program to ensure it is suited to your child’s abilities. Be wary of programs that may be duplicates of other children’s plans, such as errors in your child’s name and disability labels.
  • Can you track progress and goals? You should be able to track the progress that your child is making. You can do this by looking at their fulfillment of the plan’s goals and progress reports from the school. Furthermore, the IEP goals should be measurable and feasibly achieved depending on their abilities.
  • Are the objectives aligned? You and your child’s school should be on the same page when it comes to how a program fits your child’s needs and how they progress through an IEP.

An IEP tailored to your child is crucial to their learning and development. It is possible for you to advocate for them by making sure that the education that they receive is beneficial to them.