What is an IEP in Special Education?

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Has your child’s school suggested an IEP? If so, are you wondering what in the world is an IEP in special education? Do not worry. You are not alone.

IEP stands for Individualized Education Program. In other words, it is a written statement (developed by the IEP team) of the education program designed to meet the child’s individual needs. An IEP is required for every child receiving special education services.

The key word is individualized. The program must be designed specifically for your child.

There are two main purposes of the IEP:

  1. To set appropriate learning goals for your child; and
  2. To explain the services the school will provide for your child.

If you need assistance determining if your child’s IEP is written correctly with reasonable goals for your child, we are here to help you. We will review your child’s IEP and offer suggestions for additional services, evaluations, or programs. Or, if your child already has an IEP

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