IEP meetings can turn out in a variety of ways based on the school district, the attendees and the child. Many of these meetings turn out well with parents feeling that their child’s needs were met and with school administrators and teachers feeling that they have a workable plan for the upcoming school year. However, some meetings simply do not go well with parents sensing antagonism from the school district as soon as they arrive. Parents who notice any of the following signs should consider hiring legal counsel for the next IEP meeting.
When Parents Are Not Being Heard
Some parents may feel that they are railroaded into agreeing with the school district’s desires at an IEP meeting. Whatever they bring up is shot down, and their concerns are not addressed during the meeting or on the IEP.
When There Is No Negotiation
The optimal IEP meeting includes discussion and negotiation among all parties present, which should include the parents, the teachers and other school staff who may work with the special education child. Older special needs children may also attend. However, if the IEP only reflects the attitudes of the school and not the concerns of the parents, there has been no compromise.
When Parents Feel Emotionally Stressed
Other parents may feel that negotiating the right education for their special needs child is more than they can take. The stress may inhibit their relationship with their child. A special needs attorney can take over at the IEP meeting to allow the parent a reprieve.
When a Child Is Not Progressing
If a child is not making measurable progress towards his or her goals, then the IEP is not working adequately. This insinuates that a new IEP with better solutions needs to be drawn up and agreed on by all interested parties.