2. We're not convinced your child needs that.



This statement will obviously create an "us against you" scenario if the reason other members of your IEP team say they aren't convinced about a service for your child is really due to other things besides that child's need. (i.e. money, bias against the service you are requesting etc.) If you get this response, whoever says it should be able to clearly define the reasons why they are "not convinced" in context to your child. Make sure you are open to their reasons - they might be good. If they only give you more "hurdle talk" (i.e. 'We've never done that here before'), bring the conversation back to WHY your child needs what you are asking for. Make sure you can articulate clearly why your child needs the service you are requesting. Have as much objective assessment/information as possible about your child and about the services for your child (i.e. bring in an article about the use of fm systems), to make the case as to why your child needs that. Here are some responses below:

"What are your reasons for feeling that Eleanor doesn't need _______(add issue)?"

-Don't let them use more hurdle talk! If they do, say

"That's not really a reason that has to do with Eleanor."

"I'm glad that the law requires us a team to have a dialogue on the development of Mindy's IEP. I understand we may not always agree. Let me tell you again why Mindy needs this service based on the objective assessments ( click here why you need objective assessments ) we know about her."

"How about if we write this in as a trial to see if it works for Jade?"

The Law:

(sections 300.343(c)(iii) and 300.346(a)(1) and (b)) Parents are considered equal partners with school personnel in making these decisions, and the IEP team must consider the parents' concerns and the information that they provide about their child in developing and implementing the IEP. ALso, the team must consider issues from team members and give a response.

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