UF CARD Gainesville 5-Part Individualized Education Program Training Series
The content presented in this training series is intended to benefit parents of students with disabilities who are eligible for special education services under IDEA. However, all interested parties, including family members, educators, related service professionals, and school administrators are welcome and encouraged to participate in this series.
- Use this 2-page IEP planning sheet to help you prepare for upcoming IEP meetings. We recommend that you share this sheet (after you complete it) with your IEP team prior to the meeting so they can see what your main concerns and questions are before the meeting.
- Autism Speaks provides an “Individualized Education Program (IEP) Guide and other resources to help families understand the IEP process.”
- Want to know the difference between an IEP and a 504 Plan? Here is a great resource: The Difference between IEPs and 504 plans
IEP Series Part 1: Getting Started with Danielle Liso, Ph.D.
In the first part of this 5-part series, you will learn what an IEP is, IEP eligibility and evaluations, and the ins and outs of an IEP meeting.
Part 2: Being Prepared
In part 2 of the series, you will learn how to characterize your child’s strengths and needs, present levels of performance (PLOP), types of IEP goals and objectives, and examples of accommodations and modifications.
Part 3: Alphabet Soup
In the third part of this IEP series, you will learn a bit of history about special education law (IDEA), and what the following acronyms mean: LRE (least restrictive environment), FAPE (free, appropriate public education), IEP, (individualized education program), IFSP (individualized family service plan), ITP (individualized transition plan), PLOP (present levels of performance), ADA (Americans with disabilities act), FBA (functional behavior assessment), BIP (behavior intervention plan), RTI (response to intervention), and ESY (extended school year).
Part 4: Components
In part 4 of our series, you will learn about each part of the IEP document including goals and objectives, aides and services, special and related services, and the different types of accommodations and modifications. You will learn the 4 parts of an IEP objective, how to give examples of accommodations and modifications, and ways to collect data on learning behaviors.
Part 5: Tips for a Successful Meeting
In the last part of our series on IEPs, you will learn how to plan for your IEP meeting, how to participate effectively in the IEP meeting, and how to continue to collaborate with the other members of the IEP team after the IEP meeting.