10. Discussing placement before everything else has been established (i.e. needs, present level of performance, goals, etc);
9. Going alone to the meeting and not bringing support. Support could be your spouse, a friend, one of your child’s therapists, an advocate or attorney;
8. Signing the IEP at the meeting before reviewing it at home. Give yourself some time to process everything that transpired in the meeting and re-read the IEP at home;
7. Losing your temper;
6. Going to the IEP meeting without having requested and received copies of the assessments beforehand. To fully participate in the meeting you need to read and understand the assessments prior to the IEP meeting;
5. Verbally requesting changes to the IEP and not putting your requests and concerns in writing. You should make sure everything is on the record and if it’s not in writing it didn’t happen;
4. Writing too few goals. There should be a written goal for every area of need;
3. Blindly accepting the School District’s recommendations without your particpation and not asking for clarification if you don’t understand what is being explained to you;
2. Withholding crucial information from the IEP team and not giving the school your child’s medical records or private assessments to consider at the meeting;
1. Agreeing with the IEP even though you know it will not work. You can always request an Independent Educational Evaluation at public expense.
Please list any other common mistakes you see at IEP meetings below in the comment section.