What to do after the ARD (IEP) Meeting

What to do after the ARD (IEP) Meeting

After attending an ARD (IEP) meeting, it’s essential to take certain steps to ensure your child receives the appropriate support and services. Here are some recommendations on what to do after the ARD (IEP) meeting:

1. Review the ARD (IEP) Document

Take the time to carefully review the ARD (IEP) document provided by the school. Make sure it accurately reflects the decisions and agreements made during the meeting. If there are any discrepancies or if something seems unclear, seek clarification from the school’s staff.

2. Communicate with Your Child

If appropriate, discuss the key points of the meeting with your child. It’s important for them to understand the goals and objectives outlined in the ARD (IEP) and to feel involved in the process.

3. Understand Your Child’s Rights

Familiarize yourself with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act to understand your child’s rights to special education services. Understanding these laws will empower you to advocate effectively for your child.

4. Educate Yourself on the ARD (IEP) Plan Process

Understand the process of developing an Individualized Education Program (IEP). Familiarize yourself with the components of this plan and how it addresses your child’s specific needs.

5. Keep Detailed Records

Document all communication with the school, including emails, letters, and notes from meetings. Keep records of your child’s progress, any behavioral or academic concerns, and any evaluations or assessments related to their special education needs. These records can be valuable if any issues arise in the future.

6. Stay in Touch with School Staff

Maintain open lines of communication with your child’s teachers and special education team. Regular updates on your child’s progress and any challenges they may be facing will aid in adjusting the IEP as necessary.

7. Monitor Progress

Regularly monitor your child’s progress and keep a record of their achievements. This will help you gauge the effectiveness of the IEP and identify any areas in need of improvement.

8. Request Additional ARD (IEP) Meetings as Needed

If you believe that adjustments are required to better meet your child’s needs, request follow-up ARD (IEP) meetings to discuss potential modifications.

9. Request Evaluations if Necessary

If you suspect that your child may benefit from additional services, don’t hesitate to request an evaluation from the school. Follow the proper procedures to ensure your child receives the necessary assessments.

10. Seek Additional Support

Join support groups or networks for parents of children with special needs. These communities can provide valuable advice, emotional support, and resources to navigate the special education journey.

Reach out to local or national parent advocacy organizations for guidance and support. These organizations often have resources, workshops, and experts who can provide valuable assistance.

If you have any lingering questions or uncertainties about the ARD (IEP) process or your child’s educational journey, don’t hesitate to seek support from educational advocates or professionals with expertise in special education.

11. Know Your Options for Dispute Resolution

Familiarize yourself with the options for dispute resolution, such as mediation or due process hearings, if you encounter disagreements with the school regarding your child’s special education services.

12. Stay Informed and Updated

Stay informed about changes in special education laws and regulations. Regularly seek information from reputable sources to stay updated on best practices and legal requirements.

In Conclusion

By utilizing these recommendations and actively advocating for your child’s needs, you can play a crucial role in ensuring that your child receives the appropriate support and resources in their special education journey. Remember, you are your child’s best advocate, and staying informed and involved is crucial in securing the appropriate support for them.

If you need further assistance or have specific questions about navigating the special education process, feel free to reach out for support and guidance.

This post intends to give you a general idea of the special education process. Samantha Davis cannot predict the outcome of any meetings, including ARD (IEP) meetings held for your child. Special education eligibility and/or services that are offered to your child are based on the decision of the ARD (IEP) committee as a whole.

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