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What Is An IEP?
Have you heard of an IEP? All schools have them. If you have a child with special learning or behavioural needs, then it is really important that you understand what an IEP is meant for.
The Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) is a plan or program developed to ensure that a child who has a disability identified under the law and is attending an elementary or secondary educational institution receives specialized instruction and related services.

The most important feature about an IEP (individualise Education Plan) is that the child remains at the heart of it.

The IEP is all about understanding how the child learns and how they demonstrate that learning. It looks at the individual needs of each individual child.

It is vitally important to remember that the IEP is a plan that shows how the school program can be adapted to fit the individual child’s It is NOT a document to show how the child will fit the school curriculum- this has been a major failing of IEP’s within the school system.

An effective IEP plan:

1. Involves the student, those who best know them , the individual child’s teacher and education team.

  • 2. Brings together knowledge and contribution about the students learning needs, aspirations, personality and cultural background.

  • 3. Has a few clearly written priority learning goals and strategies on how to meet them within the classroom program

  • 4. Enhances the classroom program, enriching it for the other students, within school and community experiences.

  • 5. Is a ‘living document’ – this is not set in stone, but changes and develops as the child changes and develops. This should be regularly updated and continually referred to for guidance by the team involved.

    Over the next few wisdoms, we will look at IEP’s-the issues, your role as a parent and the success stories.

    If you would like to share your story then please email sharleneg@stayontrack.co.nz
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