Autism Speaks Individualized Education Plan (IEP) Guide

25 Aug

Autism Speaks recently published an IEP Guide for parents. It looks like a clearly written guide that includes some letter templates that parents can use when communicating with their school district. It is quite a bit of information so it may be overwhelming to parents new to the special education world. I think the best way for parents to understand the special education process is to talk to parents that have already been through the process. Our district has a Parent Support Network that connects parents of special education students for this purpose. If you are a parent new to special education, check with your school district or regional center to see if they have a similar program that will connect you with fellow parents.

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2 Responses to “Autism Speaks Individualized Education Plan (IEP) Guide”

  1. Leah Steinberg September 6, 2011 at 11:49 am #

    are parents able to dispute an autism placement as innappropriate if the class is primarily serving students with downds syndrome?

    • SLP12 September 7, 2011 at 11:28 pm #

      Parents should always have input on the type of classroom a child is placed in. I think more important than the diagnoses of the other students in the class is whether the student to teacher ratio, level of instruction, and staff training are all appropriate for the child. Sometimes it is actually beneficial to a child with autism to have children with other diagnoses such as down syndrome or language delay in their class because they may have strengths in social skills that can result in good social models for the child with autism. If your child’s IEP goals cannot be addressed in his/her classroom then you should address that with your IEP team to see whether a different classroom may be more appropriate.

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