Remember you have the right to ask any questions before the IEP meeting or during it.
Here are some questions you may want to ask:
When you schedule the IEP meeting:
- [If English is not your first language] Will there be an interpreter there? I know this is my legal right.
- Will there be a reading specialist at the meeting? I want to be sure we all understand how the disability affects reading skills.
- Will at least one of the evaluators be there? I want to make sure I understand the evaluation report.
- Please send me the evaluation report and the draft of the IEP before the meeting.
At the meeting:
- What grade level is my child reading at now?
- What does the report show, exactly? What specific challenges are affecting my child’s reading?
- What kind of interventions or instructional strategies do you suggest? Are they “evidence-based” (or “data-driven”)? Do they use a multisensory approach?
- How many times per week? Is that enough to help my child aim for catching up to grade-level skills?
- Are there any accommodations that will help my child in the classroom? (Extra time for tests, frequent breaks, assistive technology or other supports.)
- Does my child need help with anything else, like speech and language, fine motor skills or social and emotional regulation?
- Is there consultation time included in the IEP so the classroom teachers working with my child can get support in the teaching techniques?
- How will you monitor progress? What assessments will you do, and how often?
- Are all of these written into the IEP?
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