Torrance Individualized Education Program

The Torrance Individualized Education Program is necessary for all special education children enrolled in public education in California. While it may seem like a frustration to some parents and teachers, it is actually a way to define what the child should be learning throughout the year. In fact, a well-planned Individualized Education Program will actually help children reach more educational goals than they would without the IEP.

Helping Torrance Parents Understand Individualized Education Programs

There are several parts to the Torrance Individualized Education Program. First, the IEP will state how the child learns best along with anything specific about their habits, personalities or disabilities that will impact their learning. The IEP will also state objectives for what the child will learn throughout the year. These objectives should be quantifiable, and measurements are required to be given to parents at specific intervals throughout the school year. Depending on the child, the IEP may also include extra information, such as whether or not transportation is needed or what type of classroom the child needs, such as a combined classroom.

The Torrance Individualized Education Program is required to be updated yearly until the child graduates from high school. If the child does not graduate on time, the IEP can continue to be used until the child turns 22. Once the child turns 16, the IEP is required to include future planning to help ready the child for college, a job or adult life.

NAV Law Legal Representation in Torrance Individualized Education Program Meetings

A Torrance Individualized Education Program meeting is actually quite large. The student’s teachers and principal must attend along with another representative from the school district. If the child will be in a combined classroom, a general education teacher must attend along with the special education teacher. Additionally, a psychologist is usually present along with any therapists that the child requires, such as a speech or physical therapist. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend although they are not required to by law. The student may also attend if appropriate. Finally, parents are allowed to bring anyone else along who is involved in the care of the child and may choose to bring along an advocate, such as a social worker or attorney.

Parents who wish to bring an attorney to the Torrance IEP meeting can turn to Newman, Aaronson, Vanaman. We work only in special education law and thus have the knowledge and experience necessary to advise parents before, during or after an Individualized Education Program meeting.

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