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Your First IEP Meeting

Your first Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meeting can be overwhelming and intimidating. One important thing to note is that you do not have to sign anything immediately. Take time to review and understand the contents of the plan and sign the IEP only after you’re sure it meets all your child’s needs.

You should prepare in order to have a more productive IEP meeting. Some things you may want to consider:

  • Think about your vision for the child’s future in school, as well as, for the current school year.
  • List out your child’s needs, strengths and interests.
  • List any major concerns that might get in the way of your child’s education.
  • Talk to your child about what he/she likes best and least about school.
  • List what has been working and what hasn’t in the current education process.
  • Gather information from people who interact with your child closely for their input (ex. teachers, tutors, family friends, educational consultants, therapists, extra-curricular activities coaches/teachers, pediatrician).
  • Consider how your child’s challenges affect his/her education.
  • Consider involving your child in the IEP process (at an appropriate age).


  1. Tips for an IEP meeting (additudemag.com)
  2. What to bring to an IEP meeting (understood.org)
  3. Questions to ask at an IEP meeting (understood.org)
  4. Steps to a better IEP meeting (wrightslaw.com)

See also

  1. IEP and 504 Accommodations
  2. Process and Timeline around Special Education Services



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