10 Mistakes Parents of D/HH Kids Make in
Preparing for their I.E.P
- Didn't insist on a member of the IEP team who has specific expertise on deafness or hearing loss - allow the meeting to progress even if all required IEP team members aren't there.
- Didn't ask for assessments/draft IEP's in advance of meeting - don't understand how to read an audiogram, language assessments etc.
- Let your emotions rule the day.
- Didn't give school advanced notice of special or new requests. If you're pulling kid out of placement, didn't give school 10-day advance notice.
- Lose focus on what this process is really about - your child (not you, not the program, not the budget).
- Stay quiet because you feel intimidated - and you're the one who sits down in the kid-sized chair at the table. You're afraid to ask the hard questions.
- Don't really have a grasp on the implications of your child's hearing loss in the "real world"/educational setting.
- Haven't prioritized your child's goals/accommodations from your perspective before the meeting.
- Don't have a clue what IDEA really says - so you don't know whether the IEP provides a FAPE (free, appropriate public education).
- Haven't created allies on your team before the meeting. Think you and IEP team can plan out your child's whole plan for the next year in an hour and a half meeting.