My first IEP meeting was when my oldest son was getting ready to transition to elementary school. I remember seeing a room full of people, mostly people I didn’t know. I don’t remember what we talked about. I didn’t feel part of the decision-making. I was overwhelmed.
I left there knowing that Ryan would receive a better education if I learned everything I could about the process. Over time, I became more comfortable with these meetings.
Here are some tips for making your child's education more successful:
Don’t forget that you are the biggest expert on your child, and you are an important member of the education team.
Be an effective member of your child’s educational team. The Education and Schools section offers lots of information.
Critical thinking and problem-solving skills go beyond academics. Everyday life provides opportunities to apply these skills. During my son’s educational career, a lack of critical thinking and problem-solving skills was often noted in his Individualized Education Plan paperwork. While he may struggle with these skills academically, he solves problems all the time in his daily life.