The First IEP Meeting: Who Will Attend to Discuss Your Child’s Academic Well-Being

If you’re the parent of a child with special needs, then you’re more than likely aware of what the individualized education program is. You’ve also probably attended several of these meetings over the past few years. However, if you’re expecting your child’s first IEP meeting soon, then there are several questions that are probably filling your head. This is understandable, and our IEP lawyers in McAllen will be more than happy to help you with the process. In this piece, we’ll be going over a few things regarding your child’s first IEP meeting.

Your child’s education is important, and our lawyers in McAllen are here to help you as best they can. Contact us today to schedule a consultation. 

A Quick Overview

If you’ve recently been informed about your child’s IEP meeting, then there are a few things to know first. You and an IEP team will need to meet at least once a year to discuss your child’s needs and anything that must be done to ensure that he/she has a positive educational experience. As time goes on, your child’s IEP will need to change or be adjusted to meet the growing changes that he/she will encounter throughout their education. This can include the progress and challenges that come with being a special needs child.

Who Will be There?

The great thing about IEP meetings is that many people central to your child’s education will be present to offer guidance and various options to help your child’s well-being in school. These people include:

  • At least one of your child’s general education teachers who is familiar with his/her needs on a daily basis. This person will only be present if your child is enrolled in general education classes.
  • A special education teacher or provider that shares the same experience as a general education teacher.
  • A school psychologist or specialist who practices a field where your child’s needs apply.
  • A representative from the school district who’s aware of what your child will need to progress academically. This person will be present due to their ability to provide the necessary resources to help your child.
  • An attorney hired by you, the parent. It’s important for this person to be present to ensure that your child’s needs are provided as stipulated by state law.

Know that all IEP meetings are different and that not all of the people above may be present at yours. However, the school district will do whatever possible to schedule a meeting at a time when all important participants will be available. One person that should always participate is an attorney knowledgeable about the IEP.

Ready to Help You and Your Child

Your child’s well-being should be the most important factor, especially if he/she has special needs. Our lawyers are well aware of how sensitive this topic can be and will do everything they can to ensure that you and your child’s rights are upheld and respected during these important meetings. Contact us today in McAllen to learn more about IEP meetings and how we can help you during them.

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