Jennifer Bolduc

Tel: 617-797-4250

Fax: 781-948-4576

specialorganizer@gmail.com

Getting Organized for Your IEP Meeting

February 18, 2016

How many times have you walked into your child’s IEP meeting stressed, anxious and wary?  The Special Organizer can help you go

 

into your next meeting feeling empowered and ready to effectively advocate for your child.  

 

Having an organized master file will give you a chance to read your child’s records like a story.  You will be able to see what areas of needs are not being addressed and request that the school complete assessments in those areas. 

 

Using past progress reports, data, or evaluations will allow you to make a case for increased or different services.  For example, when the school district proposed eliminating OT services, the organized parent was able to show the IEP team a grid of her child’s progress, using the school’s own reports, and convince the team not only to keep the services but to increase them by one additional session a week.  Another parent was able to use her digital files to compare goals and realized the IEP team was proposing the same speech goal that was used in 3rd grade for her 6th grade child. Imagine the educational opportunity that would have been lost had the parents not been organized!

 

Many parents want to get their child’s documents organized but have difficulty because of the emotional reaction re-reading the paperwork creates.  However, no IEP/504/Medical Team should be making decisions about your child with incomplete  information.  The Special Organizer is able to focus on the task of organizing rather than the emotion.  

 

The Special Organizer provides other services that can also be essential in advocating for your child.  In order for you to be an active participant in your child’s IEP meeting, it is important for you to review the prior years IEP, compare the progress reports to see if your child is making progress, chart test scores from prior years and review work samples.  The Special Organizer can create tables, spreadsheets and graphs of your child’s progress for you to use at your next IEP meeting.  These tools can ensure that the IEP team has a meaningful discussion about progress, based not just on opinions but on the data from the past year and beyond.  

 

So don’t get upset, don’t fight — get organized! 

 

Ready to get started?

 

Contact The Special Organizer today!

Jennifer Bolduc

617-797-4250

specialorganizer@gmail.com

 

 

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