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Individual Education Plans

Individual Education Plans

Individual Education Plans

Some of you may be well versed on what an IEP is and what the process looks like, while others may be confused, worried, and intimidated by the three-letter acronym. An Individual Education Plan is a map to your child(ren)’s success through a special education program. The process can feel overwhelming and long at times but there are resources in Wyoming to help you and your family through the process.
Here is a 7- step guide to the IEP Process:

1.  Pre-Referral

Consists of documenting observed concerns and previous failed and successful interventions.
2.  Referral
consists of a referral for a formal evaluation.
3.  Identification
Identification by a multidisciplinary team who do a thorough assessment of needs.
4. Eligibility
Eligibility is determined that Special Education services are needed.
5. Development
Initial IEP meeting is held and key players contribute to the plan.
6. Implementation
The plan is set and put to action.
7. Evaluations and Reviews
Evaluations and reviews are regularly set and held. Communication regarding the IEP should be done regularly and often.

To learn more about each individual step please visit, https://specialedresource.com/resource-center/7-steps-iep-process.

The Parent Information Center is a great resource for those of you in any part of the IEP journey whether you have one that it isn’t working or you think it could be a good option for your child(ren).  The Parent Information Center is a project of Parents Helping Parents of Wyoming, Inc. in Cheyenne, WY. Parents Helping Parents of Wyoming, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1990. The organization is governed by a board of directors, the majority who are parents or family members of children with disabilities. PHP’s mission is to help families become more active in their children’s learning and education, to serve and support children with and without disabilities through advocacy, education, and referral.
**This information was directly taken from http://www.wpic.org/. More information can be found directly on their website.
Remember, you, as the child’s primary caregiver, are a lead player in the IEP process and should feel as if your voice is heard during every step of the IEP process. If you need help advocating in this process, a Kinship Navigator would be more than happy to help connect you with the right resources. Dial 2-1-1 today and get connected to a Kinship Navigator.
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