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10 Tips for a Successful IEP Meeting

Submitted by Leah Siuta, Family Service Department Head, & Home and Community Based Program Coordinator

The following are IEP tips and strategies designed to help you prepare for the meeting while developing a collaborative relationship with your school district. As a parent, hearing the words "IEP Meeting" might cause you to feel some anxiety. Our experience is that the school districts really do care about your child’s education and work hard to build consensus during the meeting.  It is important that parents become informed and involved in their child’s education. There are many sources of information and support in our state. However, the more skills you have and the more information you learn, the better you can advocate for your child.


1. Respond to the meeting notification and let them know you will be attending.   If you plan on bringing an outside friend, specialist or advocate, let the district know ahead of time. If you cannot attend, ask to reschedule

2. Bring all important documents to the meeting, including any new evaluations or medical reports.

3. You will receive our annual progress report, proposed goals, and any new evaluations ahead of time so you can preview them before the meeting. Please talk to your Family Service Coordinator about any concerns you have prior to the meeting.

4. Write down your questions, concerns and suggestions. IEP meetings tend to be slightly rushed so the more prepared and organized you are the better chance that all your concerns and questions will be addressed.

5. You may request to visit possible program options prior to the meeting.

6. You may tape record the meeting. Notify the chairperson at least 24 hours in advance if you plan on doing this.

7. Be an equal partner in the IEP process. Ask questions, offer suggestions and bring ideas to the table. Remember, you are the voice of your child.

8. Ask for a copy of your rights in advance so you feel comfortable signing them when asked.

9.  If you are uncomfortable with the IEP plan or do not feel you’ve had enough time, don’t be afraid to ask for a continuation meeting.  Remember, you can agree to parts of the plan without agreeing to the entire IEP. The parts you’ve agreed on will be implemented while you continue to work on the remaining issues.

10. You may want to seek out an education advocate if you believe your child’s educational rights are being denied or if you feel the school system to be unresponsive or unjust in any way.