Now that you have assessments in all areas of suspected disability, and agree with what they conclude and recommend, it’s time to develop your child’s individual education plan!
• Review the assessments and highlight the areas of need
We suggest that you grab a highlighter pen and highlight your child’s areas of need in each assessment.
The areas of need define the goals. The more areas of need your child has, the more goals will be in the IEP. The more goals, the more supplementary aids and services and related services your child will receive.
Next, write one area of need on one index card, or use our goal tracking spreadsheet. Organize each area of need under the following categories: Vision, Hearing and Listening, Academics, Gross Motor, Fine Motor, Orientation and Mobility, Speech & Language, Behavior and Attention, Social/Emotional, Self Care, and Other.
• Write a letter of parental concerns
Now that you understand your child’s areas of need, write a letter of parental concerns to the IEP team. This letter should lay out the areas of need you want addressed by this year’s IEP goals. The IEP must address all concerns in this letter, so don’t skip this step!