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At a Glance: Who Might Be at Your Child’s IEP Meeting

By Kristin Stanberry

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Who will be at your child’s IEP meetings? Knowing who will be at table—and who you’re allowed to invite—can help you prepare with confidence.

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At a Glance: Who Might Be at Your Child’s IEP Meeting

Find out who will be at the table, and who else you can invite.

The IEP team meeting must include...
• You, the parent(s)—you can opt to call in to the meeting
• At least one of your child’s general education teachers (if your child takes classes in a general education classroom)
• At least one of your child’s special education teachers
• A school district representative who can approve resources (this could be the special education teacher)
• A school psychologist or specialist who can interpret evaluation results (this also could be the special education teacher)
• Your child for transition planning (transition planning begins before age 16)

You can invite...
• A professional who knows your child, such as a tutor or therapist
• A friend to be an “extra pair of ears” or to take notes
• A parent advocate
• Relatives or caregivers who have insight into your child
• An attorney (if necessary)
Notify the school in writing if any of these people will be attending. Also keep in mind that you may need to pay some of these people for their time.

You can ask the school district to provide...
• A translator if you’re hearing impaired or don’t speak or read English
• Video or conference call access for someone who can’t attend in person

Can anyone be excused?
• Team members may be excused if you and the school approve. If their area will be discussed, they need to submit written input to the rest of the team in advance.
• Service providers, such as speech therapists, who aren’t on the IEP team, don’t need to get approval to miss a meeting.
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You’re a full and equal member of the team—and the best possible advocate for your child! Check out tips on how to prepare for your child’s IEP meeting.

About the Author

Kristin Stanberry

Kristin Stanberry

Kristin Stanberry is a writer and editor specializing in parenting, education and consumer health/wellness.

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Reviewed by Whitney Hollins Jan 18, 2014 Jan 18, 2014

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