Managing Challenging IEP Meetings

Parents and caregivers are often nervous about IEP meetings to check on their child’s progress and challenges. And now that IEPs are being conducted on digital platforms. School-based speech-language pathologists attend numerous IEP meetings each year, while a parent or caregiver only attends one or two. This can result in different perspectives for parents and providers.

Holding these meetings online instead of in person—now common practice during the COVID-19 pandemic—might heighten unease for some parents/caregivers.

How can we make parents feel like an integral part of the IEP team?

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