Your child’s IEP or 504 plan is what gets her the support she needs at school—and you’ll want her to get it from day one. Even if your IEP or 504 team meeting is set for later in the year, it’s important to review documents and learn as much as you can now. This can help your child get the best support possible, as early as possible. “RTI meeting was yesterday, and we all agreed that further evaluation for special education services needs to occur. My child’s teacher is great, and has already been using many innovative accommodations and interventions in the classroom. She has gone above and beyond, in my opinion, and I’m grateful.” —A parent from the Understood Community This last week of Start School Strong, we’re focusing on school supports and services. Discover tips on getting your child’s IEP or 504 plan going at the start of the year and preparing for team meetings. We also have information on RTI, and how to get an IEP or a 504 plan for your child. Here’s what’s in store for this week: Monday What to Read: How Do I Get My Child’s IEP Going at the Beginning of the School Year? What to Do: Join our Facebook chat to get answers to your questions about IEPs and 504 plans. Tuesday What to Read: 6 Tips to Make Sure Your Child’s 504 Plan Is Being Followed What to Do: Jump into a community conversation about school services. Wednesday What to Read: 3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Your Next IEP Meeting What to Do: Download our IEP goal tracker. Thursday What to Read: 10 Myths About Special Education What to Do: Download our checklist of questions to ask the school about RTI. Friday What to Read: How to Tell If Your Child’s IEP Goals Are SMART What to Do: Download our IEP binder checklist—and a parent-school communication log to keep in your binder. Saturday What to Read: Does My Child’s 504 Plan Have to Be Reviewed at the Beginning of the School Year? What to Do: Download our checklist of questions to ask before and during your child’s IEP meeting. Sunday What to Read: Informal Supports: What They Are and How to Get Them What to Do: Watch our video on how to get an IEP or a 504 plan for your child. This is the last week of Start School Strong, which means school has either started for your child or will soon. Keep in mind that we have tons of tools and tips that you can access now, or any time. Explore more back-to-school resources, and go to Parenting Coach for age-specific ideas on how to help your child manage transitions and other challenges. If you have more questions about the back-to-school transition—or just want to share words of encouragement with other parents—visit us on Facebook or join a community group. Here’s to new opportunities for success in the new school year!