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A Guide To Your Child's First IEP

I know how you feel. You've got therapies and doctor appointments, not to mention all the typical things that moms of toddlers need to worry about. The last thing you want to think about is the looming IEP meeting. You know it's coming but the thought of it is so overwhelming. 


  • I am an education specialist (aka special education teacher) and a mom to a kiddo with DS and I completely agree with all of it!!! Thanks!

  • Thank you so much for this!!! Our sons initial meeting is in 2 weeks and I have no idea what to expect. This helped so much! Thank you!

  • This was so very helpful for me! We have our evaluation for our little man in 2 weeks and I’m nervous to see what they say. Thank you for the ideas because Lord knows I wouldn’t have even thought of half of those. Thank you for encouraging words that other families are not alone!! May God bless your family!!

    Galen smith
  • Michelle, this is incredibly helpful as I’m coming up on two years, six months! Thank you so much for putting this together.

  • Great tips! I am a PT that works in the school setting. I have wondered many times how intimidating it must be for a parent to walk into a room full of strangers to talk about their child. Just remember, we’re all in that room for the same purpose, to make sure that your child gets what he needs to succeed at school. The parents are a vital part of that team. most of the time, we all want the same things. Sometimes, unfortunately, the parents or the team has to fight for what they feel is right. As a professional, I want to say trust the professionals, but as a parent, I say trust your gut. You know your kid best, so if something doesn’t sound quite right, address it. And remember, the IEP is a contract, but it is not set in stone. Don’t feel pressure to get it right for the next year, things can be amended at anytime.


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