Keep these tips in mind as you go through the IEP process

The special education process is long, but it can greatly help your child succeed in school.

Take time to learn as much as you can about the process and your rights.

Here are some tips that will help you once you begin:

  • Ask Questions —During meetings, if there is something you do not understand, ask someone to explain.

  • Do Your Homework —Prepare for meetings and phone calls by reading all the information to be discussed.

  • Write Down All Your Questions and Concerns —Keep this list with all of your other IEP documents, maybe in a binder just for IEP meetings!

  • Tell Your Child’s Doctor About Special Education Decisions —They can better serve your child if they know about the evaluation, and what types of educational support are suggested.

  • Consider Using an Advocate —Advocates are professionals who help make your voice heard. Ask your Families Helping Families center for help if you want to find an advocate.

  • Join a Parent Group —Other parents are great resources because they've been through all these processes already.

Click on the box below to see how to find a support group:

Joining a support group can help you connect with other parents who have been in your shoes.

This gives you a chance to get advice from "expert" parents who have learned a thing or two while going through the special education process with their own child.

To find a parent support group, call your region's Families Helping Families office.

  • In the Baton Rouge area, call 1-866-216-7474

  • Click the link at the bottom of the page below to download the map and phone list for other offices.

You can also use our Resource Directory to find a parent support group close to you!


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