Does your child have a Individualized Education Plan? Do you attend structured meetings for your child, that outline new objectives and evaluate existing ones?
These meeting can be a little intimidating! You are seated around a table with licensed professionals and school administrators. Everything is so structured as each one talks about their experiences with your child. Some things you know and some things catch you completely off-guard.
If you are like me, you might feel inferior to some of these extensive reports and second guess what you know to be true. Let’s face it; we share our children with educators. We are sometimes surprised by what our children will do for them.
What’s Your Plan
We really need to take a proactive approach regarding these meetings and thoroughly understand what is being outlined for our child’s success. Get in there and be respected as a team player!
In perspective; you are planning your child’s future. This individualized educational plan is put in place to help them ahead, where they’ve already lost time. Don’t delay that by taking a nonchalant attitude about the process.
Getting It Right!
The next time you show up to one of these meetings; be the expert on your child!
I’m going to share one simple method that clued me in on my child’s learning capabilities and styles.
Create a physical folder entitled “Insert Your Child’s Name” Schoolwork. Place it in a area that is accessible to you and your child. Each day; have your child (but this is ultimately your responsibility) put schoolwork in this folder. Repeat this method daily for a month. Plan this method around approaching IEP Meetings, so you can have the most up to date information.
That’s it! The one simple method! Collect supporting DATA like the real pros do! Don’t be afraid to pull out an attachment or two, to wow your audience. Organize by date and or subject. Even pull out assignments your child didn’t complete and seat down with them for another go at it.
The Take A Way
Three key areas of understanding this will impact for you;
- On a daily basis; you will be viewing and sometimes analyzing the subjects/assignments that your child is struggling with. You might even catch a resourceful school event planned specifically for that problem area.
- You will not overreact when your child, who probably isn’t that great at expressing their weaknesses, comes home with a off-putting progress report or report card. Or worse; someone at your IEP meeting reports that your child is performing at a alarming low percentage and this is the first you’ve heard of it.
- You will become more in-tune with your child’s abilities, unknowingly studying their habits and becoming the best advocate for your child, no matter who you meet with!
I want to remind you that; you are in control. Give yourself time to feel emotional about the things you can not change; so you won’t feel slighted when you learn about areas your child has slow progression in. Get motivated about becoming another source of education for your child.
On the day of the meeting put on a brave confident face and be proud of your child and the journey of objectives your child has already surpassed. Insert your brilliant hypothesis and be a part of the solution.
Actually set aside time to familiarize yourself with all your child’s rights. There’s lots of paperwork for you to review and sign. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how much is relying on your input.
Focus Haven is where you will find a home for your focus.