1. Communicate with SLP
  2. Research Therapy Models
  3. Re-Read IEP
  4. Request Evaluations
  5. Review Milestones
  6. Propose Goals
  7. Support Yourself
  8. Notify

 

1. Communicate With SLP

Observe or talk your child's speech therapist about the progress that your child has made in speech therapy the past year

 

2. Research Therapy Models

Research different service models such as, "pull-out model," or "push-in model." Find out if your child is part of large group, small group or 1:1 therapy session. Brainstorm about what model or combination of models may support your child progress in the next school year

 

3. Re-Read IEP

Re-read your child's IEP's and note your child's former strengths, weakness, present levels of performance, therapist comments and service minutes. Think about what's working for your child and decide if you would like to see anything new added to the IEP.

 

4. Request Evaluations

If you are interested in your child having an updated evaluation, you may request an assessment 90 days before your meeting date. Your school district will re-asses your child once every three years unless you requests otherwise

 

5. Review Milestones

Familiarize yourself with speech and language milestones. Identify milestones your child has met or you would like your child to be introduced to in the following year

 

6. Propose Goals

Propose a list of speech and language goals and objectives that you are interested in your child working on for the next school year. Share your goals with your child's speech therapist at least 30 days before your IEP meeting date so you and your child's SLP can collaborate

 

7. Support Yourself

Decide if you would like to bring someone to your child's IEP with you. You may bring anyone you would like to bring to your meeting. You may wish to invite a family member, friend or a private educational advocate. If you do not feel comfortable asking someone you know, you can contact, CASE and they will provide you with an advocate to attend your child's IEP meeting

 

8. Notify

If you would like to audio record your child's IEP meeting notify your child's teacher. Please ask your child's teacher your school districts policies on audio recording so you can see when you need to notify them by. Most districts require at least 24 hour advanced notice for audio recording.