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5 Tips for a Successful IEP Meeting

Attending your child’s IEP meeting can be a stressful and complex process. Whether you are new to the process or have previously attended IEP meetings, here are some helpful tips to make sure your child is getting appropriate services within the school setting: Blog-IEP-Meetings-Main-Landscape

  1. Understand what your child’s educational disability is. There are 13 different disabilities with specific criteria that must be met. Ask your IEP team members to explain what criteria your child met in order to receive their educational disability.
  2. Ask questions and state your feelings. It can be intimidating to sit around a table with educational professionals. Remember that school service providers have your child’s best interest in mind and want to ensure that you understand the paperwork involved in an IEP meeting. If you do not understand something — ask!
  3. Make sure the school service provider explains the goals for the IEP. Goals should be written based on data, and should be measurable so that you can see whether your child is meeting expected growth targets.
  4. Ask for (and understand) any accommodations listed on the IEP. There may be many accommodations provided to your child, but they should be applicable to what your child needs to succeed in the school setting.
  5. Remember that an IEP is a fluid document. It can be changed and revised as your child develops and their needs change. You can request to have an IEP meeting at any time to address concerns.

Receiving the appropriate services and accommodations can increase your child’s opportunity for your child’s success at school. However, some children need additional support outside the school setting. Mental health professionals can provide services that help your child understand and develop skills to use in all areas of their life — at home, in school, and in the community.

NSPT offers services in Bucktown, Evanston, Deerfield, Lincolnwood, Glenview, Lake Bluff, Des Plaines, Hinsdale and Mequon! If you have any questions or concerns about your child, we would love to help! Give us a call at (877) 486-4140!

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Melissa Joshel

Melissa Joshel

Melissa Joshel is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (L.C.S.W.) and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (L.C.P.C.) with over 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and families. She earned her Masters of Education degree in Community Counseling from Loyola University in Chicago. In addition, she earned her Masters of Social Work degree from Jane Addams School of Social Work. Melissa spent 10 years working in a residential treatment center and therapeutic day school for children and adolescents with severe emotional and behavior disorders, including children with Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder and Anxiety Disorders. She has over 10 years of experience working in public elementary schools providing therapy for children with Emotional Disabilities, Intellectual Delays, and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Melissa has assisted families in accessing educational and community services. Throughout her career she has worked passionately with families to help their children reach their full potential.

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