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Back to School Tips for Parents of Students with IEPs


Students with disabilities are entitled to receive academic and/or emotional support resources in the academic setting. At times teachers and school staff can be overwhelmed with caseloads and struggle with meeting the needs of all students. As a parent of a student with an IEP it is important that you are fully aware of the services entitled to your student and monitor services delivery. Here are a few tips you can use to ensure your student has a successful school year.

  • Attend all meetings, formal and informal that pertain to your student.

  • Ask for a one-on-one meeting with your student's case manager to ask detailed questions and get a full understanding of your child's disability and the resources being provided to them.

  • Have an in-depth understanding of the laws in your students school district as it pertains to students with disabilities.

  • Request detailed information on the interventions being provided in the classrooms.

  • Reinforce practices and strategies that are used at school in your own home.

  • If your student receives behavior emotional support services, you have the option to request progress/session notes and a log of service hours.

  • Seek the advice of your student when advocating for their needs. Student buy-in is very important to effective service delivery.

  • Progression does not occur overnight, have patience and be understanding.





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© 2019 Timmesha A. Butler, PhD, LCSW