Are you feeling overwhelmed with understanding special education?
Is your child already on an Individual Education Program (IEP)? Do you have questions about your child’s services? Are you actively looking for someone who understands the system, and can help you advocate for the needs of your child?
Yes! The next step is to book a 15 to 30-minute consultation with me.
Are you ready? Let’s get started! But lets first discuss some reason’s why you think you might not need an IEP Coach.
- Things are good at my school right now.
- My spouse is there.
- I’m a teacher/in the education industry, I know this.
- No one will advocate better for my child than I will.
- I cannot afford one.
There might be some others. But let me address those five reasons that many parents think that they do not need a special education advocate.
Why you need an IEP Coach
Things are good with my school right now: Of course, they are! Things are always good….until they are not. Maybe that “not” will be erected at this meeting. What if it isn’t ok? What if they would have come to the table with the suggestion that they want to move his placement or remove some services? For you folks with high-functioning kiddos, what if at the meeting they stated that they believe that your child no longer needs/qualifies for an IEP, so let’s move him to a 504. And there you are, all alone. No moral support. And now the rug has been ripped out from underneath you and your head is swirling and you are struggling to get concise, meaningful thoughts out. What then?
My spouse is there: Not bad, and what most parents do. But, truth be told, I’ve seen way more dads than moms “lose it” at an IEP meeting than moms. And by it, I mean their temper. Moms cry, dads yell. You need someone who can listen and not get emotionally involved at that moment.
I’m a teacher/work in the industry: In IEP meetings, you have to step out of your comfort zone. You have to question college and educated people on their recommendations. Call them out, make them qualify what they are recommending. Some take offense to this. Do you really want this to be the time you have to go face-to-face with a colleague? I wouldn’t.
No one will advocate for my child better than I can: You’re probably right about this. But, lots of people know the IEP process better than we do. Or even if their knowledge base is the same or less, still another set of eyes, ears, and ideas. I’ve been really pleasantly surprised by some out of the box thinking and ideas in IEP meetings from people who have little special ed knowledge. Sometimes a new perspective is all that you need to unlock some successes.
Now you’re thinking, “Ok, great, you’ve convinced me, but what do I need to do next.
- Go for the free consultation Don’t gather up boxes and boxes of files. But do a bullet-pointed list of your top 3 concerns, what data you have, and a copy of your child’s most recent IEP.
- Ask if I can take you on pro bono. I love building on my client base, and I know you will refer me to your friends.
- Ask if you can set up a payment plan. Be honest about the maximum amount you can afford to pay each month and see what we can work out.
Let’s do this together, so your child is prepared for employment, further education and independent living.