You’ve been to IEP meetings for years and some things just never change!
Parents who have been there and done that know exactly what to expect at meetings and could do without these 3 habits at their annual IEP meeting:
- Walking into the office and spotting the entire team already in the conference room. They are VERY settled in. Their scripts have been set by the boss. You take a deep sigh and know that your negotiations and ideas will have to be brought to the team outside of the IEP meeting in the near future.
- The one staff member you really need at the IEP meeting suddenly has a family emergency or a more important meeting than yours. Again, sigh. We will get this missing person’s absence in writing and move on, but now you will dedicate several hours of your time in follow up with the admin and this staff member.
- The team never fails to waste the first 15 minutes of the IEP meeting telling you how cute and wonderful your child is…as if you don’t already know! You can put a stop to this crazy last minute attempt to build a bridge over your daughter’s latest adorable classroom habits and arrive with your IEP agenda to assure the team knows you mean business!
What can you expect at your next IEP meeting that you’d rather leave behind?