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What is an IEP?

The IEP, Individualized Education Program, is a written document that’s developed for each public school child who is eligible for special education. The IEP is created through a team effort and reviewed at least once a year.

How can you help in the development of the IEP?    

The purpose of the IEP meeting is to develop your child's Individualized Education Program. You can prepare for this meeting by: 

  • making a list of your child's strengths and weaknesses  

  • talking to teachers and/or therapists about your child 

  • visiting your child's class and perhaps other classes that may be helpful  

  • talking to your child about his or her feelings toward school 

It is a good idea to write down what you think your child can accomplish during the school year. It also helps to make notes about what you would like to say during the meeting.