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what happens in the first iep meeting

IEP teams are made up of individuals who bring different perspectives and expertise to the table. Pooling their knowledge, team members set out to craft an individualized response to a specific child’s needs, taking into account that same child’s strengths and talents. There’s a lot of information shared at IEP meetings, and a lot of discussion. The end product is the child’s individualized education program.

First, we’ll start with an overview of key points about IEP meetings. Then, we’ll take a longer look at specific aspects of these meetings that will help you be an active partner in this critical activity.

Many people come together to develop a child’s IEP. This group is called the IEP team and includes most of the same types of individuals who were involved in the child’s initial evaluation. Team members will include:

the child’s parents;
at least one regular education teacher, if the child is (or may be) participating in the regular education environment;
at least one of the child’s special education teachers or special education providers;
a representative of the public agency (school system) who (a) is qualified to provide or supervise the provision of special education, (b) knows about the general curriculum; and © knows about the resources the school system has available;
an individual who can interpret the evaluation results and talk about what instruction may be necessary for the child;
the child, when appropriate;
representatives from any other agencies that may be responsible for paying for or providing transition services (if the child is 16 years or, if appropriate, younger); and