Throughout the IEP process it is likely there will be a number of consultations within the team. The most critical of these, is that where family members and educational personnel meet as equal participants to jointly decide learning priorities. This consultation is referred to as the IEP meeting.
In order to ensure the IEP meeting is productive careful preparation is needed both by the family and the staff.
Before attending the meeting families need to review the information previously gathered and consider learning priorities. When appropriate, active participation by the student in the IEP meeting should be encouraged. Adequate preparation for this is essential. Families may like to invite an advocate, friend or relative to accompany them to the IEP meeting.
In preparation, educational personnel should also consider learning priorities for the student and appoint representatives who will attend the IEP meeting. Quality interactions are more likely when the number of educational personnel at this meeting is kept to a minimum.
The IEP meeting will be facilitated by:
Outcomes of the meeting should include:
Notes of the meeting should be written by the team coordinator and distributed to all relevant personnel.
When family members are unable to attend the IEP meeting, consultation, preferably by teleconference, will be necessary.