Review the IEP and keep it updated

Every year your child will grow physically, mentally, and emotionally.  As your child changes, so should their IEP goals.

The IEP is meant to be a living document.  This means you should keep changing it, based on your child's needs.  

Here's what you can do:

  • Make sure the autism diagnosis is written into the IEP.

  • Review your child's IEP and make sure it includes the therapies and other supports that your child needs.

  • Read progress reports carefully.  Think about these questions:

    • Is your child making the expected progress in school and on their IEP goals?

    • Are there any questions or concerns about their academic, emotional, or social well-being?

    • Are they getting accommodations that help to control their environment and minimize their triggers?

  • Don't be afraid to speak up.  No matter what your reason is, you should always feel free to speak with the IEP team and make updates as needed.

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