A Few Things I have learned to bring to every IEP meeting:
- Type out your "parent concerns" statement paragraph ahead of time and make them copy it word for word into the IEP.
- Type out a list of things you want to address in the meeting, i.e.: goals, concerns (your outside therapists can help with this too). Try to fit it on one page and make a copies for everyone ahead of time.
- Make sure you bring a very adorable large picture of your kiddo for everyone to see or put it on the copies of your parent list.
- No matter what someone might say, Don't bring doughnuts! Theres never time to eat doughnuts! Bring your own caffeine and get down to business! revision:(Along came the bird suggested chocolate! What a simple yet effective peace offering! Love that idea!)
- IEP folder with your past few years IEP's. You can google/pinterest IEP folders to help you organize one. I'll blog about that someday:)
- A support person. I bring Hubby. We have a good cop bad cop routine (just kidding.....kind of)
- Bring copies of your "10 things you need to know about...."
- Look put together. Most people know I'm a frazzled mess most days but I don't want to look like it when I need to feel confident and fight for my kiddo.
- Wear a smile and don't bring out the fangs until you need to. Even when you when you have the urge to lunge across the table at someone- Smile and try really hard to be polite. Sometimes it's hard but as soon as you become nasty you loose control of the situation. Smiles, Preparation and Knowledge are your best tools in an IEP:)