Is your child on an IEP? If the answer is yes, or if you think maybe he or she should be, then this workshop is for you.

The IEP is the most powerful tool parents have to create a successful learning environment for their child.  

View the video presentations above to learn about the different parts of an IEP. You will also learn how to work with your school to develop a successful program for your child. 

The workshop videos include these segments:                  

What Is 22q / VCFS?

  • Overview of education challenges

Overview of Laws

  • What is IDEA?
  • What are your rights as a parent? 

Psychological Evaluations

Psychological evaluations and how they are used to determine eligibility.

  • Who, what, when, where, why and how?
  • Key components of an evaluation
  • How long does it take?
  • When should it be done?
  • What do IQ and Standard Scores really mean? 

ARC Meeting

  • What should you get and request prior to the meeting?
  • Best practices / how an ARC meeting should be conducted
  • Particular red flags to look for in an ARC meeting
  • Example ARC agenda 

Individual Education Plan (IEP)

  • What is an IEP?
  • Who’s on the team?
  • Key components of an IEP

Michelle Breedlove-Sells, Executive Director, Dempster Family Foundation

  • Overview of Dempster Family Foundation
  • Poignant stories from travels
  • Major education issues faced by parents she has met 

ARC Role Play

  • Regular education teacher
  • Special education teacher
  • Administrator
  • Parent  

Response to Mock ARC

  • Key components that made up meeting
  • Significant errors made in an ARC meeting 

A Typical Day for a Student with an IEP

  • Use of the agenda / planner as a communication tool
  • Modifications within the regular education classroom
  • Related services – speech, occupational therapy, physical therapy
  • Student responsibilities

IEPs:  The Good, the Bad and How to Make Them Better!

  • What if you have concerns about your child’s IEP?
  • The progress monitoring piece
  • Your role as a parent in collaboration with schools 

What If an IEP Does Work and What Does Success Look Like?

  • Academic growth and maturity
  • Specific feedback from the student to listen for
  • Social progress markers
  • Successful transition between grades, schools, and school to work