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What is an IEP (Individual Education Plan)?

An IEP is a specialized educational plan designed specifically for your child to help them receive personalized learning assistance, free of charge, in areas where they are not meeting age-specific standards. Each plan is unique to each child and outlines the individual services and support that the child will receive throughout each school day for the duration of the school year.

For instance, many Early Intervention LLC students have IEPs that dictate they receive one hour of tutoring each school day for the duration of the school year from a teacher who specializes in the area where they are challenged. Some of our students have IEPs that provide them with tutoring throughout the summer when school is not in session to help them catch up on a particular subject before the following school year begins.

How Can I Determine if My Child Needs an IEP (Individual Education Plan)?

There are many different reasons why your child may be recommended for an IEP, but in general, an IEP can be established for a child that is having difficulty learning a particular subject or functioning within the typical classroom environment.

By definition, if your child does not achieve adequately for their age or are not meeting state-approved grade-level standards in one or more of the following areas, when provided with learning experiences and instruction appropriate for their age, they may qualify for an IEP:

Oral expression
Listening comprehension
Written expression
Basic reading skills
Reading fluency skills
Reading comprehension
Mathematics calculation
Mathematics problem solving
If your child is struggling with a subject and is not able to keep up with the rest of the class, experiencing excessive anxiety over poor academic performance, or is unable to learn when receiving the same instruction as their peers, he or she may be a strong candidate for an IEP.

Often children who have been identified as having a special need or a specific diagnosis like ADHD have an IEP. Some of the typical classifications that usually qualify a child for an IEP are:

A learning disability
An ADD or ADHD diagnosis
An autism spectrum diagnosis
An emotional disorder
Some form of mental retardation
Visual or hearing impairment
Speech or language impairment
Some type of developmental delay

Who Develops an IEP (Individual Education Plan)?

Determining the details of an IEP is a collaborative effort by a group of people who know your child’s skills and weaknesses best: you, the parents; his teachers; qualified therapists or counselors; other involved school staff; and your child, who the IEP is written for. The IEP will describe in writing the goals the team sets up for your child during the school year, as well as any special support needed to help him achieve his goals and get the best education possible. Parents, teachers, and counselors consider what the child’s needs are and how they can be most effectively met and supported. They outline goals and expectations for your child to meet throughout the school year.

Part 2 of this series will outline How to Get an IEP for Your Child

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