IEP / IFSP / 504 Basics

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Strengths-Based IEPs

Understood

Imagine an Individualized Education Program (IEP) that focuses as much on your child’s strengths as it does on your child’s weaknesses. Unfortunately, that’s not the norm for most students yet.

In a typical IEP meeting, not much time is given to looking at a child’s strengths. Strengths are covered at the beginning of the meeting, and the rest of the time is focused on deficits.

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Does Your Student Need a 1 to 1 Aide?

How to Request a One-to-One Paraprofessional for Your Child
by Wayne Steedman, Esq.

Does the child need one individual who is assigned to work with the child during the entire day? Can the child be successful if several individuals rotate during the day?

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A Family Guide to Preschool Special Education Services in Maryland

The Preschool Special Education Services Guide provides families with an overview of the steps in Maryland’s IEP team process for preschool children,

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Native Language and the IEP Process

Maryland State Department of Education DSE/EIS Technical Assistance Bulletin
Revised Aug. 15, 2017

If the Individualized Education Program (IEP) team is not cognizant of the native language of a student, it may not accurately assess what the student knows and can do. The IEP team must consider the language needs of the student

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How to Make Your Next IEP Start off on the Right Foot

Autism Classroom News and Resources

You are getting ready for an IEP meeting. You want it to be a positive IEP, but you aren’t sure what to expect. Maybe it’s your first IEP meeting ever. Maybe you are a veteran (of the IEP “wars”), but it’s the start of a new year. You walk into the IEP and are greeted by a table full of people.

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Maryland Statewide IEP

An Overview for Parents

Online Presentation by Maryland Learning Links

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Maryland Statewide IEP Process Guide

All Individualized Education Programs (IEP) written in Maryland follow a statewide format. Parents can refer to the Maryland Statewide IEP Process Guide to better understand the intent and purpose of each section of the statewide IEP as well as explanations of the IEP decision-making process.

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What You Need to Know About Adapted Physical Education

By Matthew Schinelli

What is adapted physical education?
“Adaptive physical education” refers to specially designed instruction based upon specific modifications to traditional instructional cues or curriculum skills.

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10 Questions Every Parent Should Ask at an IEP Meeting

By Carly Anderson

In my career as an elementary school teacher and intervention coordinator, I’ve sat in hundreds of individualized education program (IEP) meetings. They’re a regular part of my weekly schedule.

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Is the School Required to Provide Social Skills Training?

by Wrightslaw

Social skill is not a “service” but a functional skill necessary for daily living activities.

Your child’s IEP must include a description of her Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance. This means what her strengths and weaknesses are – both in academics and in functional areas like social skills.