Have you considered employing a case manager to monitor the implementation of your student’s IEP? There are lots of reasons why this might be beneficial to you and your child. Most parents put a lot of weight on the actual writing of the IEP, making sure it is a compliant document and addresses the entire student’s strengths and weaknesses. The goals must be relevant to the Common Core Curriculum and must be individualized for each student including all necessary accommodations and modification.
Most parents breathe a sigh of relief once the IEP document is finished, agreed upon and signed. Often once it’s signed, the document is put in a file and ignored until the next annual meeting. But, really, once the IEP is written, it is time for it to be implemented in other words providing the student with the special education and related services listed in the IEP. This includes all supplementary aids and services as well as program modifications the IEP team has determined are necessary. This will hopefully allow the student to advance appropriately toward achieving the IEP goals, to be involved and progress in the general curriculum and to participate in other school activities.
1. Every individual involved in providing services to the student should know and understand his or her responsibilities for implementing the IEP. This means the IEP document must be available to all of the student’s teachers and service providers. Once your child is out of elementary school, it is a good idea to check with each of your student’s teachers within the first two weeks of school to make sure each one has received a copy of the IEP and understands their part in its implementation.
2. Teamwork is very important in carrying out the IEP. There may be many professionals involved in providing services and supports to the student. Sharing expertise and insights can help make everyone’s job easier and improves the results for your student.
3. Communication between home and school is essential. Many parents ask for monthly or bi-monthly meetings of their child’s “team” to share information and keep everyone “on the same page.”
4. It is helpful to have someone in charge of coordinating and monitoring the services the student receives. In addition to special education, many students receive a number of related services. Having an outside “case manager” in charge of overseeing that services are being delivered as planned can help ensure that the IEP is being carried out and carried out appropriately.
5. The law requires regular progress reports to help parents and schools to monitor the child’s progress in his/her annual goals and education. It is important to know if a child is not making progress as expected or is progressing faster than expected so changes can be made as they become evident.
An IEP is an educational plan that might need changes throughout the school year to adjust it to the student’s needs. Therefore the “case manager” and/or parent must monitor the child’s progress monthly or bi-monthly throughout the year. Without this oversight, many parents are surprised to find out at the end of the school year that their student has made little or no progress during the school year. By then it is too late to make any changes and an entire school year can be lost. Remember that your child’s IEP is only good if it is implemented, and you, the parent must monitor the implementation to ensure your student’s continued progress.
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